In this case, they talked about square dancing, and how it doesn't seem like the meetups we have are for that. So I explained to them, and I feel that explanation is good for here, too. Basically, the thing is...the clubs we belong to are teen square dance clubs. They revolve around the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival, which is always the first weekend in May.
So, for as long as I can remember, the tradition has always been: 9 months of dancing (first 3 or so for training lesson kids, then about 4-5 months of training for competition), then having it in May. In the weeks after that, and continuing on to about June, the clubs would have celebratory dances.
After that, during the summer, the clubs would not meet at all. No dancing, no nothing.
And then, every year, would resume as normal.
My club worked like that, too. But then, the current bunch of square dancers decided to change things up a bit: instead of not meeting at all, we would continue meeting...and just, not do dancing, but other stuff. To hang out and have fun, on things other than dancing.
This makes sense, since most of the current club is currently related to one another. My older sister and I are one family going, a secondary caller has a daughter and her mother who come, there's two girls who aren't related to anyone as odd ones out, and then all the remaining kids and adults are all related. This being, something like 6-10 people.
My understanding is that, in spite of them being related, they don't actually meet that much, except maybe on holidays (and perhaps not even then). So, they actually are using Wednesday nights as a bonding time, akin to my family's Friday night: a family getogether. Just...much larger in scale, and open to others.
That's my extra blog post for the moment.
You might get more, depends on my inspiration.