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Old 01-27-2015, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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We retired and relocated to Florida from Ohio, so we were 1,000 miles away from all of our friends and most of our family. It was hard. I read about Meetup.com on City Data and decided to check it out because I had nothing to lose. I found it and joined an adult kickball group and a Bunco group. It's been a great way to meet people, make some friends, and get some exercise. My DH went to church and through that found a book club and pickleball group for us to join. I think common interest groups are a great way to make new friends and it's worked well for us.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Google "meetup groups Sedona". For curiosity at least. You'll see a ton of options but not much I'd be interested in doing.

I am a history buff too. It's because of that I've been doing genealogy for the last nearly 30 years. And I have always admired Scarlett O'Hara. lol Read the book three times and seen the movie countless times. If there's a group like that here it would probably be about JUST the area and not particularly history in general. And we do have those here. They just aren't classified as "meetup groups".
I have been to more living history events since I moved to the southeast, than all of the rest of the years of my life. If anyone is a history buff, then the southeast is for them. I even attended an outdoor church service at a British fort (before we were the United States) with everyone else in costume and in character. I've been to Kentucky for the bicentennial celebration of the Cumberland Gap and I've seen so many Abraham Lincolns at events that you'd think they were Elvis. I've been to battle re-enactments for the French and Indian War, the Civil War and even one for WWII. I know more about my county's history in Tennessee (been here 7.5 years) than I did about the places I lived in NY and MD for all of the rest of my life. My county alone has been the site of a well known mining war, contained a gated secret city during WWII where uranium was enriched for the atomic bomb, established a model utopian type town during the building of a dam and is the location of a well known school desegregation controversy in the 1950s.

If you find an education program for retirees, you might find out a lot of local history in class offerings but even if you don't, do searches on "living history" and "battle re-enactment" with your state and you may find a whole calendar of history-related events for which you were unaware.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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We retired and relocated to Florida from Ohio, so we were 1,000 miles away from all of our friends and most of our family. It was hard. I read about Meetup.com on City Data and decided to check it out because I had nothing to lose. I found it and joined an adult kickball group and a Bunco group. It's been a great way to meet people, make some friends, and get some exercise. My DH went to church and through that found a book club and pickleball group for us to join. I think common interest groups are a great way to make new friends and it's worked well for us.
What a great success story. Exercising with others is the way to go.
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Old 01-31-2015, 03:59 PM
 
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I joined the hiking meetup group and it was fantastic. Only problem was they were all expert hikers and much younger than I and my friend and I about had a coronary keeping up with them at high altitude hiking. But it was nice and the folks were really nice. I was going to join the senior center hiking group but then I read in the paper that on a hike one of the old dudes dropped dead of a heart attack during the hike. Talk about opposite extremes in groups.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Being a history/preservation/Scarlett O'hara buff, I would like to find a group interested in that stuff. Haven't found one yet and probably won't (in this area). So, I wish you good luck with meet ups. It sounds like a good idea but the quality of people joining is very important to the success of the group.
Is it possible to start your own group? I would love an "after all, tomorrow is another day" Scarlett O'Hara group!
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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I have joined ones that were almost right - maybe slightly too far or fairly relevant to what I was looking for even if not exactly - and then posted a message on their board to see if there were others interested in an event that was closer to my location or specific interest. Sometimes no response but often I found others who were interested that way. I don't SPAM a bunch of groups that are way off from what I am looking for; just one message to a group or two that is pretty close to what I want.
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