Monday, April 11, 2011
Since when does M-o-n-d-a-y spell relief? When Cache' Connections has had back-to-back events on the weekend, that's when! As you may know, this past Saturday we held our first Cache' Connections Christian Dating Redefined Conference and Expo in Naperville, followed by Cache' Quick Introductions. The Sunday following a big day with travel like this is usually lived out in a stupefied blur, so we've made the monumental decision to take today off (sorta), for once.
The daytime event at NIU - Naperville Campus, which was our first large event held in a public venue, went very well, although Mr. Sunshine kept some guests away! The crowd was lighter than usual, but that just gave our guests better chances at winning the fabulous door prizes offered by our vendors. And we're happy to report that the premier showing of the Christian Dating Redefined DVD went over extremely well! There were giggles as well as nods, ooh's and aaaah's at all of the appropriate places. It seemed that everyone appreciated Dr. Stephen Simpson's wisdom combined with his casual approach. Many picked up a copy of the DVD and study guide to take home and share with their single friends.
Speaking of crowds ... have you ever been to downtown Naperville on the first warm night of the Spring season? If not, I'm sure it's because you couldn't find a place to park! The city was swarming with suburbians who were happy to break out of the winter blahs. And 47 Christian singles also broke out for Cache' Quick Introductions, which we hosted at the Tangerine Cafe. After sweating out the huge gender imbalance all week long according to pre-registrations, would you believe we ended up with one more male than females? Who would have thought? We encouraged some men from the Expo to come over and had several walk-ins, so we were scrambling to call females on the waiting list. Overall, God provided. He never fails us, but he often shocks us!
Having 12 tables of 4 is probably the largest speed dating event we've ever had. I'm sure it was overwhelming for some who have not gone through this process before. But we did see a lot connection cards being exchanged and guests continued to gab after all of the concerted connection activities had ended. Finally at 8:30 p.m. we encouraged the guests to sit down and order food from our wonderful hosting cafe, then we hit the long road home.
After events like these, there is plenty of unpacking, tallying, and posting to be done, along with pressing into future events and tasks that have had to wait. So today, we take just a bit of a reprieve to do some personal business as well as keeping the communication lines at Cache' Connections open. Have a great week!