Yes, we are trying out the theater mainly due to the cost of the Paradise Pier ballroom. We are only renting the theater in the morning, so we are seeing how people like an informal get together afterward. We are trying something different this time. 🙂
As far as participation on the boards, it could be that people are getting used to this new message board. We will be adding in more features as we go along, but right now it’s pretty basic. There was always a smaller group that posted on the board to begin with. Message boards in general are somewhat less popular now anyway with a lot of people using other outlets like Facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc.