Twin Cities 20th Anniversary Meetup Planning Thread
posted May 17, 2019 6:14 PM   RSS

This thread is for planning the Metafilter 20th Anniversary meetup in the Twin Cities. The first metafilter post was on July 14th, 1999. Jessamyn is hosting folks in Massachusetts on the 13th and I think that a Saturday might be more convenient for folks than a Sunday.
I live in the Soo Line building on 5th and Marquette in downtown Minneapolis, and I'd be happy to reserve our rooftop event space for this occasion: there are grills, a full kitchen, enclosed pool and hot tub up there, with space for twenty or so folks inside and potentially dozens outside, and we could have a potluck picnic very easily. I'm also very amenable to other suggestions. Anytime on anniversary weekend looks open for me right now; I'll have to confirm availability of the space on that weekend.
posted by Kwine to Proposed (25 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Miraculously this is one of my few summer weekends that is not already booked at my farm. I'm in! I am usually the most fun on a Saturday evening but can make most of the weekend work.

Your building sounds fabulous.
posted by Emmy Rae at 7:13 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]


That sounds awesome! Either Saturday or Sunday works for me.
posted by Flannery Culp at 7:45 AM on May 18


I'd love to come, but it would depend on whether it's kid-welcoming or not. I hope it is, cause it sounds amazing.
posted by odinsdream at 12:43 PM on May 18


Cool! I should be free on Saturday at least.
posted by tellumo at 2:07 PM on May 18


Sounds like a great idea!
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:41 PM on May 18


Either day would work for me as well, but the sooner decided the better because those summer weekends will fill right up.
posted by Gray Duck at 3:21 AM on May 19


I can probably make that. Saturday is better than Sunday.
posted by bile and syntax at 2:03 PM on May 19


Sounds fun! Either Saturday or Sunday will work for me, but I'll list myself as Maybe just in case my move in July falls on that weekend.
posted by Become A Silhouette at 11:07 AM on May 20


Sounds great! Saturday is better for me, as well.
posted by yunhua at 7:33 PM on May 20


I will try to make it. I will be flying back from CA that day so I'll see how I feel when I get in!
posted by triggerfinger at 4:27 PM on May 21


I have heard back from the building and my rooftop is available on the 13th. It sounds like that is the day that is better for people. I can reserve the indoor space for a four hour block-maybe an afternoon event is better than an evening event?

I am interested in creating a kid-friendly environment as well-my partner and I don't have children, but we are very interested in having them soon. My caution about our rooftop with regard to children is that only the indoor kitchen/club space is reservable and the outdoor spaces and the pool area will still be shared. On a summer saturday, that will most likely mean twentysomethings sunning themselves and drinking. It's never a rowdy scene, but it can be lively, and you may want your children to be pretty closely supervised when they are in the shared spaces. There is lots of room in the reservable space and this may not be a concern, but it definitely won't be the kind of thing where you can e.g. send your kids over to the pool for an hour while you chit-chat with the adults-you'll want to go with them.

I'm very amenable to a different venue if that could be more inclusive and carefree for parents, but I haven't lived in the cities for very long so I don't have ideas, and someone else would need to take the lead.

If we do want to go ahead with my rooftop, we should get that reserved soon. So parents let me know your thoughts, and everyone offer thoughts on a time-my own vote is 1-5pm on the 13th, and I'll aim to get it reserved this weekend if it's a go.
posted by Kwine at 7:16 AM on May 22 [4 favorites]


Sounds awesome for my level of kid-concerns. I'm comfortable with what you describe.
posted by odinsdream at 8:30 AM on May 22 [1 favorite]


(my +2 is actually my spouse and our 3 little kids)
posted by odinsdream at 8:32 AM on May 22


I can reserve the indoor space for a four hour block

Great idea - if the weather is bad, there's still a space to hang out in.
posted by ZeusHumms at 10:10 AM on May 22 [2 favorites]


This sounds awesome!
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:56 PM on May 24


My rooftop pool-loving 6-year-old is super psyched for this opportunity to expand his downtown pool mental map!
posted by Maarika at 10:31 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Is this going to graduate from proposed to upcoming? I hope so!
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:52 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Unfortunate update: My mom passed away last week (not unexpectedly, she had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last year). For various family reasons, the date for her celebration of life service has been scheduled for July 13th in Columbus, OH. So unfortunately, I will not be in town to host this event.

I'm pretty bummed out, but various family factors made scheduling the service for the 13th unavoidable.

I am not sure whether it might be better to migrate this event to a new thread so that someone else can control the details. If we would rather keep it in this thread, I'd be happy to update the details once they are finalized.

Sorry to put event planning back to square one! I am sad that my spouse and I won't be able to celebrate this anniversary with all of you.
posted by Kwine at 1:05 PM on June 5 [5 favorites]


Oh my gosh I'm so sorry. Please don't worry about having to handle this on top of other stuff.
posted by odinsdream at 1:09 PM on June 5 [3 favorites]


My condolences Kwine. May your memories of her be a blessing.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:24 AM on June 6 [2 favorites]


I am so sorry to hear, Kwine. My best wishes to you and your family.
posted by jillithd at 11:38 AM on June 6


I'm sorry, Kwine. Best wishes and safe travels to your family.
posted by Flannery Culp at 9:07 AM on June 7


Anyone still interested in doing this? Could we meet up at a restaurant or pub somewhere?
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:12 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


So sorry for your loss. I see there's another planning thread going... please don't worry about no longer being able to host. You can always host another in future. ;-) But seriously--celebrating your mom is MUCH more important.
posted by yunhua at 9:05 AM on July 13


Thank you for you condolences; we had a lovely celebration this weekend. Did you all wind up getting together somewhere to celebrate the anniversary?
posted by Kwine at 12:23 PM on July 15



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