Now then, Guzzler has done some research and we have a few ideas which I thought I would throw out there.
I would like to be selfish and make this suggestion first - I was visiting a client this week and walked back to the office with a colleague and we walked down Rundle Street (not to be confused with Rundle Mall!) - it is stunning - lovely boutiques, wine bars, coffee shops etc and I would love to get lost down there child/husband free for a few hours and have a bite to eat. Would be great on a saturday afternoon and the cost would be whatever you want it to be (bus/train fare) - we could arrange to meet there at a specific time and just sort out refreshments as and when we require them - so no need to gather money up front. May not sound much to some, but then it would be a good excuse for a natter, possibly some window shopping or real shopping - just keep it nice and easy. So that is suggestion number one.
Next one, would take some planning and collecting of money. Apparently you can have a private cinema showing and rent the theatre for $600 (if that is 30 of you, that's about $30 per head) but you get the film and drinks free (I think!). You can also order dinner which is extra and they bring that to you. The seats are fabulous, reclineable etc and it is a first class service. But we would need to have confirmed numbers and perhaps invite other friends along too. I am still doing some enquiries about whether we need to get the whole 30 people or whether the cinema take other parties too. But obviously for that we need to book ahead - perhaps a Thursday night to double up with late night shopping or a saturday matinee/evening. Any thoughts?
He also looked into other wine trips, whale/dolphin cruises etc, but then you are talking about collecting money - affordability for some people etc etc.
All I really want to do, is see if there is any interest, book a date for perhaps the next 6-8weeks so that we have something to work towards. The cinema could perhaps be trip number 2 because we need some time to organise it and make sure we have enough people and that there will be no drop outs.
If neither suits anyone, then perhaps someone else would like to come up with an idea? Remember the idea is to get some folks together, to help newbies meet other people, have some time out and make friends. I am all for scuba-diving, paintball etc, but not really helpful if you don't know anyone and just want a natter ..... - just a thought though.
Hope to get some comments and interest.