At our last event we raised $2061.89 and got the word out about several organizations that we think are doing excellent work. We were helped by our food vendor, Chilacates in JP, who gave us a discount to support our fundraising. Thank you Chilacates! And also the Armory in Somerville, who gave us a discount on the venue to again support our fundraising efforts.
And a tremendous final thank-you to our greeters and volunteers who really made the event happen by making signs, checking in people, making the info sheets, obtaining supplies, cleaning up, entering data, and so much more.
We also wanted to encourage you to continue to track what our sponsored organizations are up to, and to continue to support them (with money or time) as best you can. See our Nonprofit sheets on the four organizations, which are
The Network/la Red
Donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/541728/
We raised: $490.66
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)
Donate here: http://www.new.swopusa.org/donations-2/
(If you like you can tag your donation as targeting their new project working explicitly on anti-racism.)
We raised: $763.16
Black and Pink
Donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/blackandpink
(There are also many ways to get involved, including being a pen pal to support incarcerated persons.)
We raised: $451.07
White People Challenging Racism (WPCR), supported by Community Change, Inc.
Donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/119038?code=CCI+General
(CCI is the umbrella organization that does a variety of work. As you donate, you can tag your money for WPCR.)
We raised: $357.00
We are now going through the feedback you all had for the event. We will post updates, plans, and reflections on our blog. Be sure to stay connected with us, as we are now planning an event for next October (mailing list link at right).
We had to close registration to make sure we could handle the crowds! It will be our biggest Boston area event ever, so wish us luck.
If you missed the deadline, please join our mailing list (link at right) to hear about future events. We will not sell your email and we will only email you rarely (way less than 1 email per month, on average).
Due to overwhelming response (250 people registered), for the first time ever we are going to close registration before the event and not allow walk-ins at all. If you have been meaning to sign up, do so now. We will close registration on Tuesday, 12pm (high noon).
We are formalizing our code of conduct, details here. We are also formalizing our position on missing stairs (sexual predators known to a community) and what to do about them, which we will post soon.
Also, if you have not heard, we have had to restrict registration for some demographic groups (in particular, those not looking for men who need their dates to be looking for men). Please read this blog post for more on this (including the reasons why).
In a week we have reached 144 people registered, and registrations are still coming in. Apparently there was some pent up demand. But our space is large, and we would love to have even more people. More people = better matches for all.
So please spread the word, especially to corners of the non-monogamous world that our missives may not have reached.
We have also, to make sure the event serves everyone as well as possible, had to start restricting registration for those who are only looking for women who are open to men (broadly defined). This is to ensure that, in particular, pansexual and bisexual daters get a good mix of genders in their dating pool. If you are such a person, you can still come! You just need a gender-balance companion to also register. Further details about all of this on this page.
And if you haven’t registered, please register now!
INDIVIDUAL * GROUP * RETURNING DATER(S)
See details of event on this post.
We are finally getting our acts together to run a Poly Speed Dating event this June 20th (a Wednesday) at the Armory in Somerville. This could be the last one ever, or the last one for a year, or the last one for a month. Who knows? Our advice: if you are interested in an experience unlike almost any other, don’t wait but register now!
We are operating on a fairly short time frame and so details will be posted as we acquire them, but nonetheless registration is open Your registration options are:
INDIVIDUAL * GROUP * RETURNING DATER(S)
- Wednesday, June 20 from 6-9:30 p.m.
- The event will be held at The Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA
- $18.00 preregistration, $25.00 at the door. But no person will be turned away for lack of funds – please contact us!
- This space is accessible (accessibility card ideally forthcoming). There is limited parking. Taking the T to Davis Square and walking up Highland is strongly recommended. (There are also regular buses.)
- Check-in starts at 6 p.m. You must be there by 7 p.m.
- There will be food and drink. Pay bar.
- We will be donating any profits to an anti-racist organization yet to be determined, ideally one that also has connections to the broader non-monogamous community. (E.g., The Network/la Red.) All suggestions welcome.
Further commentary for your reading pleasure: We have pulled the system from the ashes of time and have added a certain amount of spit and scotch tape. Please ignore the smoke. Also please forgive any rough edges as this evolves. We are not pretending to be professionals but instead are volunteering our time to try and make the world a better place (and because it is fun). While we tried to have another round in JP or surrounds, we did not find a venue there, so here we are in Somerville.
We are still (slowly) porting everything over to various services (in particular Digital Ocean to host DateWrangler(tm), MailChimp for mailing lists, PoBox to send email, WordPress.com to host our static site, bitbucket to version control the codebase). These systems can do weird things when stuck together. Why are we doing this? The more streamlined the system, the easier it is to run events without undue suffering. This means more events. The codebase (all in Python & Django) needs help; we are looking for those who want to help. Have skills? Please email us. All payment will be in beer or equivalent.
We have just booked our next venue for Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain. Yes, we have finally crossed the river!
Location is 45 Danforth Street. Doors open at 6:00pm for food and registration. Doors close at 7:30pm with dating beginning at 8:00. (This is all tentative—we are still working out some details).
There will be a full (pay) bar and some snacks.
$16 per person if you pre-register, $25 at the door, but each registration comes with a ticket good for a $6 discount on food or drink.
No person turned away for lack of funds–please contact us!
We will post the registration link as soon as we get our site up. Meanwhile, join our mailing list (link) to keep apprised.