Participants pay a minimal fee to enter, then receive envelopes, paper and pencils and are allowed only to "whisper" in areas designated for low-volume conversations. After a few minutes of booze, whispers and giggles, the bits of paper start flying. "Once people start drinking," says Rebhan, "everything goes crazy."
Magin McKenna, "Writing love notes helps fan the flames of modern romance," The Sunday Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), December 28, 2003
It's Saturday night and you are enjoying a drink and some lively social interaction, when all of a sudden a voice hisses, "Shhhhhhhh!"
You are sitting in the no-talking zone of a Quiet Party, where words are not uttered and communication must be of the silent variety, through notes that range from funny to flirtatious.
The new social phenomenon began in New York and has spread to major cities from Washington to London to Beijing, fueled by the notion that big noise doesn't necessarily equal big fun. The Quiet Party is the brainchild of two New York City friends: Paul Rebhan, who calls himself a life-artist, which means he treats his life as a work of art, and classic rock singer-songwriter-producer Tony Noe. Their Web site, www.quietparty.com, explains how it works.
Linda Laban, "Bar-scene trendsetters keeping quiet on this one," The Boston Herald, November 4, 2003
Denny Lee, "Overheard at the Bar: Do You Write Here Often?," The New York Times, December 22, 2002