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Midsouth Bears Meet-up - Gauging interest and getting ideas

Started by ArkieBear in Midsouth Bears 4 months ago

Hello fellow Midsouth Bears!  I hope you are all crushing.  I hope to get your input on some things.  Shortly after forming the group, I received interest from some members in having a Midsouth Bears meet-up.  This was before the Coronu plandemic.  

Some states are at risk of lockdown 2.0, but fortunately, the states of Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee seem less prone to draconian measures than most.  I believe the time may be right late this summer for a meet-up.  Bears aren't given to a sense of fear, and state populations are growing tired of this imposed mess.

The first order of business would be to determine if y'all are interested in a meet-up.  If so, are you willing to plan one in the current time of uncertainty.  I believe if we act before Fall, a meeting is likely to be relatively easy. 

If we meet, I would like input as to where a good meeting place would be.  I can think of two modes of thinking about this.  One mode is the idea of trying to meet as equidistantly as possible to avoid putting anyone out too much with travel.  The majority of the Midsouth Bear population seems to be centered around St. Louis and Memphis.  The town equidistant between the two is Sikeston, MO (an alternative city would be Cape Girardeau, MO).

The other mode is to do a tour of different bear cities.  Have a meeting in Memphis, one in St. Louis, maybe one in Arkansas.  This will mean longer travel if you are not in one of these cities, but shorter travel if you are.  A rotation would ensure fairness.

Please reply with your thoughts and ideas.  The more of us can participate, the better a meet-up would be.  The more we would enjoy it.  But wherever two or more bears are gathered, fun and crushing will surely occur!  Thank you all.


Bump.

Arkie, I'm down for the Mid South Meetup!  Sikeston or Cape Girardeau seem like fair spots to me, but I guess ultimately, the choice will reside on who is willing to make the drive there.  Honestly, I'd hop on the bike and ride to where ever the meet up is, even Memphis.   So we need some more honest input from other interested bears.

Other ideas off the top of my head, a public BBQ at a state park, so people who have a long drive can opt for camping overnight.  Also just a good outdoors-summer kind of vibe.  We could get a hike going, frisbee, corn hole, etc.

Also, if the feed back here is low, we could do a small meet up at Lambert's in Sikeston.  Awesome homestyle food, and right off of I-55 for convenience.  That hits the midway sweet spot too. 

Just throwing stuff out there.  Cheers!


4 months ago
I am definitely interested. A little out of the way here in central MS but depending on the timing I would love to come. Memphis would be a great meeting spot for me as it is only a 3 hour drive but time permitting I would be down for whatever is decided.
4 months ago
Thanks @talusbear  and @bearusAurelius  for the feedback.  I'd like to hear from more people.  Right now I'm thinking about early October.  The weather is great, and it would give us over a month to plan ahead.  Any feedback as to level of interest / possible locations / ideas for activities is welcome.  This is not my specialty.
3 months ago
I would love to meet up with you bears sometime in the future. I am not able to at the moment. I am in the process of locating land for a homestead preferably around mid to northern Arkansas (NWA would be ideal). So far it will just be my mother and I, still trying to rally the rest of the family and friends. Keep an eye out for me Arkansas bears! After God provides the land for us I’d be happy to meet all of you! I currently live in North Little Rock so it’ll be a long drive for me. 
3 months ago
Sikeston or Cape would be awesome, just tell when and where and I'll be there. Early October would be just fine, once we get a solid date & time we should alert other Bears in chat, there are a bunch in Southern Illinois that may want to come as well. Meremac Park has good camping and is close to Sikeston.
3 months ago
Would anyone here like to take charge of the Midsouth Bear Meetup?  I find myself too busy lately to have confidence that I will properly follow through.  If you're interested, just reply to this thread.  Thanks!
2 months ago
Blessings Mid-south bears I'm late on the drawl as per usual lol been a busy summer. I'm down for a meet up and Memphis would be perfect for me. God bless you all. 
1 month ago

I am so late to this party. I suck at using more than 2 social medias at a time. Gonna get better I swear!

MELANIE! I live in Memphis! Yes I am down to meet in Memphis, or perhaps next door in Olive Branch MS if anyone wants to do a meetup again!
1 month ago
Would Saturday the 14th in Memphis be a viable day for people to meetup? I am about 3 hours south in Jackson but it is an easy drive.
1 month ago
I am in Memphis, that would be super convenient for me. I am down. 
1 month ago
The only reason I wouldnt want to meet directly in Memphis is because it is such a craphole city woth tons of masktards
1 month ago
I’m pretty late to responding to any of this as well, but I live in Northern Mississippi (literally 5 minutes from Memphis). I’d be down to meet up with some fellow bears. I agree with Laura Bear that Northern, MS would be better to meet up since they’re not mask nazis. 
1 month ago

I agree Memphis is probably going to be a problem with masks. Although if we did meet up somewhere with a large group, it would be funny to see how they would respond.

Would somewhere like Oxford or Southhaven, MS be better? Or would people prefer somewhere north of Memphis?

Memphis likely allows us the most places to go. Does anyone who live in Memphis have insight into what it is like for going out downtown atm?

1 month ago
Yeah, I am in the Memphis area. I am well out of the city in Eads. If you are going inside of any restaurant/bar they are going to ask you to put on a mask. I stay out of the city for the most part. It just depends on what you guys are looking to do.
4 weeks ago
Olive branch doesnt fight me on the mask issue. I say we find a good restaurant to meet at out there. Or coffee shop. Something to that extent. Anyone have any suggestions?
4 weeks ago
Also, note if any of the local bears are single i know a pastor's daughter who is wonderful and looking for a good man wholl put up with her busy schedule. She works hard but i know she just wants to find a good man she can raise a child or more with. She is a great woman
4 weeks ago
Hey bears, I'm in Byhalia and my wife and I have eaten in Olive Branch a few times and they don't care about the mask. Memphis city is a dumpster fire to the point where I dont buy gas there, I don't shop there, I don't even stop at the wall greens haha. Olive branch would be ideal for me. 
3 weeks ago
Yes ! Im so surprised at so many bears in OB. Hope yall aint trolls or grabblers. 
3 weeks ago
Regardless i still think we need to find a coffee shop or something. Any ideas yall? And i have a bear near nashville willing to meet up with us who isnt on bearvibe. Graveydaveybear. So we might need to give him a heads up.
3 weeks ago
I'd be open to it
3 weeks ago
Im gonna be off social media for this week so monday hopefully we will have figured out a date and time. Maybe a christmasy besrs meetup for december!!!!?
3 weeks ago
Just throw a date and a location, I would love to come. I am a strong maybe. We are expecting a little bear early December, so I cant exactly commit. I am in Eads though, so if there is any way for me to make it happen I will be there. 
3 weeks ago

Congrats Jonathan!


Let's say Wolf River Brisket Co on Goodman Road in Olivebranch. They have a private party room and they weren't ridiculous about the mask when my wife and I went back in August.  Most customers didn't wear one. As for the date, which would work better for everyone, Saturday December 5th? Or Saturday December 12th?

I'm not opposed to a Sunday but those that plan on driving a long ways may not want to drive back on a Sunday night, Monday morning, whatever. 


Thoughts?

3 weeks ago

Congrats Jonathan!


Let's say Wolf River Brisket Co on Goodman Road in Olivebranch. They have a private party room and they weren't ridiculous about the mask when my wife and I went back in August.  Most customers didn't wear one. As for the date, which would work better for everyone, Saturday December 5th? Or Saturday December 12th?

I'm not opposed to a Sunday but those that plan on driving a long ways may not want to drive back on a Sunday night, Monday morning, whatever. 


Thoughts?

3 weeks ago
Sounds good to me @luke-kendall  . I would be available on the 5th.
3 weeks ago

Thanks Mark! I hope you can make the drive!


Anyone else?

3 weeks ago

My wife is due on the 11th, so the 5th would probably be perfect!


3 weeks ago
Hey yall. So december 5th is perfect for me. Im laughing pretty hard about the location though. I dont know if any of yall know, but im a bartender. I bet yall cant guess where
2 weeks ago
haha thats awesome Laura. small world
2 weeks ago
Very small. Haa. I can get us a reservation but i have to have a head count.
2 weeks ago
I’m down. 
2 weeks ago
@laura-bear  thanks for hooking us up with a location. I recommend you make a new post with the location and proposed date and time. We can all RSVP with our total number we're bringing.
2 weeks ago
Oh i just got to say @luke-kendall  the reason we probably dont mention anything about masks is because the majority of us think it is absolutely rediculous and most , if not all, of the staff dont really feel like telling someone they have to wear a mask (we are pretty noncontrversial) and i straight up tell my guests "i dont care if you dont"
1 week ago
@laura-bear Thats great! Haha. Keep crushing!
1 week ago
By the way yall please rsvp in the new post in midsouth bears!!! 
1 week ago