Monday, October 01, 2007

Singles, let's help each other

I hear it all the time: there's nothing to do in Charlotte. It's hard to meet people in Charlotte. Where can I go to meet someone my own age in Charlotte? And so on, and so on, and so on.

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know I try to think proactively about the dating process, rather than just whine and moan about how bad it is. So here's what we're gonna do: we're gonna use this blog as a dating resource. Every now and then I'll share some places and hopefully, you'll share some as well. We'll form our own singles community, and help up each other's game.

OK, I'll start. I recently went to an event hosted by Club Blume, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's social group for twenty-and-thirtysomethings who have an interest in the arts. It was a free screening of the original "Ocean's 11," starring Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, followed by wine and yummy munchies, then a screening of the "Ocean's 11" remake with Brad Pitt and George Clooney. The turnout was so-so, but I think it depends on the event; newcomer reporter Leigh Dyer went the night they screened '80s faves "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club" and the place was packed. (BTW, Leigh often mentions events for single newcomers on her blog, New Around Town, so it's a good resource as well.) Club Blume offers pre-show mixers, discounted tickets and more. In addition, the Blumenthal has Out on the Town, a gay and lesbian social club.

I'm really gonna frontload this sharing process by including some singles stuff from our new Living Here magazine, which was in newspapers yesterday. (It's all online, too.) Here's a list of organizations for singles and places to meet singles. Here's a column by Denise Renfro, a single staffer who has more good advice. And here are Paid to Party columnist Tonya Jameson's nightlife suggestions of cool places to par-tay. If you can't meet folks by going to any of these places, we really need to talk about your strategy.

Alright, readers, your turn. Been anyplace recently that was either A) super-fun, B) loaded with hot single people, or C) both? Do share!


Anonymous said...

Panther tailgates are a great place to meet cool, single people.

Anonymous said...

If you love sporting events like pro football and basketball, that's a good place to meet people. You never know who you'll end up sitting near in the stands. BUT... ladies... this is only worth doing if you truly like the sport. Otherwise, don't go there pretending to show interest to meet someone, because the guy will not give up his love of sports for you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Why do people assume only men like sports? That thinking is, so, 1977. Or 67... that poster must be someone's grand-daddy

Anonymous said...

Charlotte isn't a very singles-friendly city. It's just hard to meet people here. I got lucky--I met my wife in the commission of my normal job duties. And she's not from here originally. But I can only imagine how it is for those who are single here nowadays. Even as much as Charlotte has changed, the dating game hasn't changed much.

FRISKYY said...

How about "older" singles? Where do they meet other than church and work?

Anonymous said...

Where do you go if you don't like to drink, smoke, watch sports, or "par-tay"?