You’ve seen a flashmob, before, right? At least on TV or YouTube? A bunch of people are hanging around some public place, perhaps wearing similar clothing. Then all of a sudden, music starts and a dance or singing routine follows.
Flashdine is a similar concept that originated in Paris, called Dîner en Blanc—dinner in white. Everyone shows up at a location (revealed only hours before it starts), dressed similarly, and instead of a dance routine, a huge dinner party breaks out.
Last year, Des Moines had its first. My wife, daughter, and I went (along with around a hundred others), and had a great time. It was a gorgeous evening, and the mood there was amazing. So many smiling happy faces, and a truly communal spirit. At least one person, who had no idea what was going on, walked up and was welcomed into the party.
Flashdine II, this year, is set for next Saturday, 9/15, at 6:00 p.m. You bring your own table (or blanket, or whatever you’re comfortable eating on), utensils, food, and drink. You wear white. It’s that simple. From what I could tell last year, people had all kinds of food and drink. There were plenty of kids, too. It’s a great place to meet new people and old friends. At the time of last year’s event, my wife and I had only been in Des Moines a few months, and ran into some old friends I hadn’t seen in a long, long time.
The location will be revealed the morning of the 15th I’ll post a comment here, and there will be plenty of chatter on Twitter and Facebook about it. There’s a Facebook event page, as well. Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you don’t think you’ll know anyone there, come anyway. If you have no one to come with you, come anyway. You’ll make friends, and I promise you’ll have a good time.