What we're about
A vegan meetup is where vegans (whatever their PHILOSOPHY about being vegan) and vegan-oriented persons (NOT "tire-kickers" who come "to gawk at the vegans") with similar interests get together and hang out. If you TWEET, we instantly become a TWEETUP.
DUES is $12/year, but you can give the organizer $10 in person - and all is cool. But you can coast for 6 months for no cost, and if you volunteer for Fair Foods twice (4 hours total) or for any VEGETARIAN or ANIMAL RIGHTS CHARITY or nonprofit (including BVS, MARC, PETA, Laura Ray, etc.) - 4 hours total (and you report it), you get your annual membership free. Also, if you attend any THREE (3) in-person events POSTED on this meetup, you get your your annual membership free, and that counts for the other two sister meetups - if you're enrolled in either or both of them.
Because of our array of motives, some focus more on diet alone, while others are concerned with an integrated world-and-life view. We're a diverse lot, so we'll meet LOTS of folks whose interests are somewhat different from our own, but who share the vegetarian and vegan interests with usm but we may NOT agree with everyone on how important each of the elements in another's vegan worldview and personality is.
We used to have >6000 members; they were mostly lurkers, and only a subset of those >6000 members would attend any particular event. But now we have about 600 members, and the same dynamic is seen.
Further, by networking with BVS, GBBCC, MARC, BVA, NEAVS, other veg groups, and other meetups, we get to know one another.
Grasshopper, My Thai, Veggie Planet, Veggie Galaxy, Clover Food Lab, True Bistro, Red Lentil, Organic Natural, Life Alive, and others vegan hangouts are our favorite meeting sites.
We're always "BECOMING a vegan group"; BRING SOMETHING VEGAN-ORIENTED TO SHARE (newspaper clipping, book or DVD, photos, etc.) with other attendees as a way for them to get to know you and you to know them. Sharing IS "becoming" for veg*ans.
What and how can we share? A news article, a story with a vegan interest, some information (old or new) with a vegan slant, a memento of traveling as a vegan, info on a great vegan website or resource or event, etc. Be creative. Pleasantly surprise us.
While a monthly dining out group is hosted by Rick Williams, a monthly vegan meetup also is held on the 1st Saturday of each month - 11:30 am to 2 pm - at the Clover Food Lab at either:
* Harvard Square, Dunster Street? of Mass Avenue, Downstairs, Cambridge, MA 02138
*Clover Food Lab or elsewhere (watch the announcements)
Clover Food Lab is the default location
Vegetarian Happy Hours [Happy Hour with Vegetarians] or monthly dining out group
Join us AND the other Vegetarians-Of-Boston Meetups for the regular Vegetarian Happy Hours - or monthly dining out group
2nd Thursday of the Month - http://Vegetarian.Meetup.com/27/ (site varies)
1st Saturday of the Month - 11:30 am-2:00 pm (site varies, often at Clover in Harvard Square)
3rd Sunday of the Month - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm - Grasshopper - www.BostonVeg.org
We hold other events at an all-vegetarian restaurant, often by following the events of local vegetarian and animal rights groups.
Dinner with Dharma is held monthly at the Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center (GBBCC) in Cambridge, MA - $12 for the all-vegan buffet. March-October
We also tag along with BVS (BostonVeg.org), BVA (BostonVegan.org), Vegan Meetup events, and MARC.
Vegans - If you're here (in ANY one of the designations below), you belong in THIS GROUP
Former Vegetarian, Now Vegan
No Animal Products Vegan
No Leather Vegan
On the Veggie Vegan See-Saw
Vegetarian Who Leans Vegan STRONGLY
Animal Rights Vegan
For Religious Reasons a Vegan
Non-Vegan, But Seriously Interested in Becoming a Practicing Vegan as already a Practicing Vegetarian
Abolitionist Vegans (Animals should no longer be treated as property)
Anti-PETA (PETA harms the vegan movement more than helps)
I Support the A.L.F. (Supporters of the direct action taken by the ALF)
Vegetarians - If you're here (in ANY one of the designations below), you belong in the Vegetarian Meetup
For Religious Reasons vegetarian (but not vegan)
Macrobiotic Vegetarian (no fish)
Macrobiotic Vegetarian (with fish)
Animal Rights loosely but not practicing veganism
Flexitarian (not a vegan but preferring vegetarian)
Non-Vegetarian, But Interested