Social meetup event scheduled on Woodstock Square geared toward millennials

Launch party set Thursday, will include free admission

They’re the audience that community leaders want to engage, businesses want to attract and employers want to understand better.

There soon will be a roomful of them from 7 to 10 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Stage Left Café next to the Woodstock Opera House, when Club M81: The meetup for millennials debuts Thursday.

The city of Woodstock and the Woodstock Opera House are offering the space one night a month to young adults who are looking for a casual, welcoming environment with entertainment, snacks, a cash bar and lots of social interaction.

Programming is being developed by a volunteer steering committee of creative young adults, and the committee is open to all suggestions.

The launch party Thursday – which will include free admission and snacks contributed by Public House of Woodstock – will feature millennial-themed trivia and music, with next month’s program offering beer yoga and Twister.

Club M81 refers to the millennial generation’s birth years, 1981 to 1996.  

“We often talk about how to reach our young people to develop sustainable audiences for Opera House programs and build a sense of community involvement among this age group,” grants and communications manager Terry Willcockson said. “Stage Left Café on the Woodstock Square is an outstanding venue to help meet that goal, while offering a great affordable evening of creative activities of interest to many young residents.”

Details will be posted on the Club M81 Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Initial ideas that may be offered in coming months include:

• A “Jumanji”-themed scavenger hunt

• Open mic music or comedy

• Instagram evenings with green-screen selfies (BYOP – bring your own props)

• Video or board game marathons

• Art booth pop-ups

• Taste of Woodstock food and brews

• Dance Dance Revolution night

Regardless of the entertainment options, new social and career connections are sure to be part of the experience.

Anyone ages 18 to 40 is welcome. An ID will be required for those age 21 and older who would like to buy alcohol.

Sponsorship opportunities to offer cash support for programming, donated food, beverages or product gift baskets to promote local businesses are welcome and encouraged. 

For information, contact Willcockson at twillcockson@woodstockil.gov.

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