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"Hi. How are you? Hi Carol. How are you?"

That's how Erica Enouen spends much of her time at gatherings of the Getting to Know Central Pa meet-up group.

In an almost effortless manner, Enouen winds through the group in a sectioned off area of the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. It's a group the Cincinnati native started two years ago after moving to York. She was anxious to find others wanting to explore her new environment. Others apparently were looking too.

"There are people out there that want to meet new people like them," said Enouen. "There are a lot of good people out there that you may not get the opportunity to meet because those opportunities just don't exist."

Meet up venues include a mix of area food and beverage places, overlooked local tourist sites, historic places and a growing list of other activities including bowling, miniature golf, camping and tubing.

"I love it," declared attorney Jenna Fliszar, a second year resident of the Midstate. "I don't know if I would have met the people, as many people as I have, or learned as much about the area as I have without this group."

Although the group was designed for newcomers to the Midstate, locals also find the meet-ups a fun and safe way to get out on the town and meet new people. And some like the group's networking opportunities.

"I'm in a local club called Friendly Force of Greater Harrisburg and we're looking for new members," said Karen Overly Smith, mingling among the group with flyers in hand.

In just two years, membership in the meet-up group has jumped from 30 to just over a thousand. Greg and Julie Peters are one of the group's married couples.

"The group's itinerary works well because you don't feel like you're stuck going somewhere every week," said Greg Peters. "You can just go in, or go out."

"I have made all of my best friends in Pa, for the most part, from this meet-up group," added Enouen, enjoying the laughter and smiles filling the room.

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