How interesting! I am planning to use BBB to run a Yule party on 19th December, that will combine both physical and virtual elements. I’ll describe my plans so far, and hope people like them. I would love to expand this to more of the Meet.coop community. It could be hosted on several sites, with people jumping around, crossing continents, etc. (And I’ve chosen Yule rather than Christmas as it is much more universal, really an annual solar event that affects all life on Earth.)
Our past, pre-COVID Yule parties have been running annually for nearly 30 years and are always a great success. We have a lovely 500-year-old house in Norfolk, England, and people come from all over the region. We get 50 - 75 people in most years. We use all the rooms in the house. People bring food and drink to share, so there is an ever changing spread as new people arrive, at no cost to us. We have a big Yule ceremony, with candles, a Yule log and wishes. Then the music and dance starts in our dining room, while the other rooms are used for socialising. There is usually a gang of children rampaging around, or colonising one of the bedrooms.
So, what is the COVID version?
- Invite our usual gang to form lots of micro-parties of 2 - 6 people, meeting in someone’s house near them, sharing food, dressing up.
- The micro-parties (and lone individuals) all join by BBB where they find lots of breakout rooms, forming and changing throughout the evening.
- General social rooms: You join, introduce yourselves, show off your clothes and food. Meet old and new friends.
- Music rooms: We invite our more musical friends to form little bands (as they do at the party) and play, or do DJ sessions. Others can listen or dance along.
- Story-telling rooms: We have friends who are story tellers, and we will invite them to perform both for children and adults.
- Cabaret rooms: Where anyone can do a turn, music, poetry, etc. especially for children.
- Fancy dress competition: Show off your clothes, Probably using the BBB whiteboard to vote. A funny virtual prize.
- Ceremony: We’ll all join together in one room, invite people to light candles, turn off their lights, etc. as we usually do.
- Games rooms.
- Discussions: curated on politics, COVID, or whatever people want.
That is where I’ve got with it so far. I’ve done and seen various sub-bits of this using Zoom during the lockdown period. Always fun and popular.
What do people think? Could we get one of these going in Barcelona? Finland? Where else do you have communities? (I can’t find your wiki, which I spotted last week and gave lots of useful information.)
Yours, Gary Alexander