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Boston Speed Dating September 2 – Registration Open

We are pleased to announce a speed dating event coming up on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day). In our efforts to build community, we are trying out a few new things this round. Read more below.

Your registration options are:

INDIVIDUAL  * GROUP  * RETURNING DATER(S)

Event Details:

  • Monday, September 2nd, 2019 from 5-9:30 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 generally accessible. 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 5 p.m.  You must be there by 6:15 p.m.
  • There will be food and drink (with and without booze). Pay bar.
  • We are constantly looking for organizations, ideally with connections to the broader non-monogamous community, engaged with anti-racist work (e.g., The Network/la Red). If you know of any doing good work, please let us know.

New affinity question on the form
Based on some discussion resulting from our Race and Poly house party awhile back, we are adding a new registration question specifically to benefit people of color.  It is “I am a person of color interested in being matched with other people of color for this event.” This will not break other matches, it simply increases the chance of a pre-existing match between two people who check off this box.  We look forward to hearing what people think of this new addition.

Call for Art!
For this event, we are trying to put together an art show. In particular we are interested in art that represents different experiences and backgrounds. We are especially looking for artists of color who have work that is about their experiences with nonmonogamy (even obliquely). We will likely be limiting ourselves to wall art, given space constraints, but are open to other ideas. If interested, please send us three images of your art and a short self-description.

Social Media
We are not good at social media. But perhaps that will change. If you want to follow us on Twitter, you can: see @bostonPSD (for Boston local stuff, such as open reg announcements) and @polyspeeddating (for the full world-wide stuff, in theory).

Save the date, plus other stuff

We have several pieces of news!

  1. Save the date for our next event!
  2. Poly businesses list
  3. Upcoming workshop (signal boost)
  4. PSD art show
  5. Twitter
  6. Coding help request

First, we have a date for our next event! Please mark down the evening of Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day). We will once again be at the Armory in Somerville, with doors opening at 5:00 PM, doors closing at 6:15 PM sharp, and ideally dating starting at 7 PM. Stay tuned for an email in Early August when we open registration.

Second, we have been receiving several emails from therapists and other service providers seeking to email the folks on our list. We have decided to put together an informal directory of poly businesses (either poly related, or owned by poly people) to provide a controlled outlet for all of these requests and to help people find one another. If you are interested in being part of this directory, please email us with your contact information and a short blurb describing what you are offering.  We will collate and post publicly.

Thirdly, in this vein, we recently were told about an upcoming nonmonogamy workshop.  The details are below, if interested.

Finally, we are trying to put together an art show for our next speed dating event to give people something to look at, other than our pretty selves. In particular we are interested in art that represents different experiences and backgrounds. We are especially looking for artists of color who have work that is about their experiences with nonmonogamy (even obliquely). We will likely be limiting ourselves to wall art, given space constraints, but are open to other ideas. If interested, please send us three images of your art and a short self-description.

We are not good at social media. But perhaps that will change. If you want to follow us on Twitter, you can: see @bostonPSD (for Boston local stuff, such as open reg announcements) and @polyspeeddating (for the full world-wide stuff, in theory).

If you are a coder and have some free cycles to deploy, we are in crunch mode and could really use some help! Contact us if you are willing to lend a hand.  Also, WordPress-knowledgeable folks!

And now, details of the aforementioned nonmonogamy workshop of “Exploring Alternatives to Monogamy” run by Eileen Casella Rider, LMHC & Elizabeth Boskey, LISCW

Non-Monogamy is not for everyone. Is it for you? This weekend retreat is for people who are thinking about exploring alternatives to monogamy – whether you’ve already opened up your relationship or are just wanting to explore options. This two-day workshop is designed for those who want to explore the joys and challenges of alternatives to monogamy in a judgment-free setting. We’ll examine insecurity, fear and jealousy that may have prevented you from talking openly with your partner about non monogamy. Eileen’s clinical style is gentle and easy, setting the tone for self-compassion allowing you to explore the depths of your love. Elizabeth’s clinical style is friendly and welcoming, encouraging comfortable explorations of boundaries and looking for new ways to increase joy.

Open to LGBTQ+ Individuals and Couples
Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18
Whispering Pines Conference Center
Alton Jones Campus-West Greenwich
Call Eileen Casella Rider at 401-351-0111 for more information

Disclaimer: This workshop is not an officially PSD-vetted event; it was sent in by a member of the community