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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Some Sweet Ways to Meet

Some Sweet Ways to Meet
By Mike Lauterborn
(Appeared in Dec. 2010 issue of Inside Chappaqua magazine)
© 2010. All rights reserved.

There are many great social networking groups for singles and the “newly single” to enjoy in Westchester and the New York Metro area. Below is a small sampling…

Meet Up!
Meetup promotes itself as “the world’s largest network of local groups.” The online service makes it very simple for anyone to organize a local group around his or her personal interest/s or to join one of the thousands of groups already meeting up in person. According to the site, more than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day. It’s a great way for single and newly single people to narrow their search for a mate to those with common interests, while widening one’s social circle at the same time. The service boasts 7.2 million members and claims 250,000 monthly meetups. For info, go to:

Wine & Dine!
Local Wine Events is a free online service that notifies subscribers of local food and wine events – great opportunities to meet friends and potential love interests with a discerning palate and passion for good taste. It was founded and developed by Eric V. Orange, who has distinguished himself in the wine industry for the past 20 years. Site users can plug in their specific region of interest by name or zip code and see a list of wine events by date, with event details, cost and location included. For info, visit

Get Going!
Singles On The Go is a tremendous online resource that allows singles to find groups and activities by state, city or even territory. Links are provided to a very broad range of to-do’s including speed dating, mixers, social networking, dining groups, wine tasting, dance groups, religious groups, volunteer teams, civic organizations and clubs – all dedicated to singles. For more information, go to:

Make A Date!
Single America is billed as “the most complete and up-to-date American singles and dating guide” online. Featured on its site are complete listings of singles parties, events, clubs and speed dating. There’s more: reviews of online dating sites, dating tips, advice, safe dating, gay and lesbian dating, religious and ethnic dating and more. This resource is essentially a portal to meeting new people, making friends and finding that certain special someone. Go to:

Social Circles was founded a dozen years ago by professionals who’d grown weary of “the same old social scene.” Their aim was to get busy people like themselves to interact with their surroundings while making new and solid social connections. The service relies on a diverse calendar of events to act as a driver of “meet ups”. Activities include nightlife, arts, outdoor adventure and travel and are centered in and around New York City. There is a nominal membership fee, though the first month is free. For info:

Be A Gourmand!
The Single Gourmet is one of the most established singles groups, known for its integrity and elegance. It was founded 25+ years ago and has chapters nationwide. It offers sophisticated single men and women a relaxed, easy way to meet other successful singles. The group hosts fine culinary events in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Fairfield Counties, as well as NYC and Long Island. To learn more and see lists of events, photos and travel plans, go to: