Monday, April 03, 2006

Last weekend's Singles Parties - March 31-April 1, 2006

WELCOME TO THE SINGLES PARTIES BLOG! In this blog I will discuss past parties and future plans, and encourage those of you who attend the parties to give your honest feedback about the parties, as well as suggestions. Let's work together to make our parties the best in the world!

We sponsored three parties this past weekend. With all the rain on Friday and Saturday morning/afternoon, I was fearful that we would have bad turnouts, but we lucked out and the rain stopped in the evenings. We had a terrific crowd Friday night at a new location, Domenico Winery in San Carlos. I had expected some complaints because there was no wooden dance floor, but everyone was complimentary. I think people liked the fact that we used the entire place as a dance floor and that it was packed all night. Barbara Millin of Singles Supper Club, who co-sponsored the party with us, did a terrific job with the food. A lot of hard work on her part, and most appreciated.

Saturday night we had two more parties: our regular Saturday Night Singles Dance at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael; and a Wine Tasting Party at Consignment Plus in Pleasanton. The Wine Tasting Party was a lot more intimate--we didn't have hundreds of people like we had in San Carlos. Patrick Dalal of, who co-sponsored with us, chose some great wines. People were able to taste 15 different wines, including the exclusive Rothschild wine from France. One lady at the party complained that she was only given a taste of each wine, rather than a full glass. I guess some people don't understand the concept of a Wine Tasting party. I specifically told my staff to pour only a taste of each wine, so you can return later for whichever ones are your favorites. We never run out of wine (although we eventually run out of the most popular ones each party). Unfortunately some people at the parties get snockered on the first few wines, and are unable to taste all the other great wines.

Our Saturday Night Singles party in San Rafael started with a bad ratio--too many men early in the evening. The women eventually arrived, and it turned out to be a good dance party, but not until after some grumbling from the men. In an ideal world the men and women would arrive at the same time, in a 50-50 ratio. Just doesn't happen that way!

Next weekend we have three more parties: Lock & Key in Palo Alto on Thursday, April 6; Wine Tasting Party in SF on Friday; and of course Saturday Night Singles in San Rafael. Hope to see you there!

The Society of Single Professionals, a division of American Singles Education, Inc., is the world's largest non-profit singles organization. We sponsor 150 parties a year worldwide (on six continents).


At 6:18 AM, Blogger ARTfull Bliss ?? said...

Hmmm. Well since you "don't leave the bay area " per past comments ( I live in Lake county ) when will you ( your events ) be coming back to Santa Rosa ??

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Miriam said...

I was very dissapointed in the Winery Party at San Carlos this pass Friday. There were more women than men and the most of the men didn't ask the women to dance. They just stood around waiting for women to hit up on them. It was pathetic. I left early, it was a waste of money.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger Miriam said...

I was disappointed in last fridays dance at the Winery in San carlos, Calif. It was too many women and not enough men. Most of the men were standing around waiting for women to hit up on them and they were not asking women to dance. It was a waste of my money and I will not attend these dances in the future. I find men friends mostly out snow skiing and biking they are more my type.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Thank you for this blog. I attended--and enjoyed-- one wine tasting long ago, and appreciate the info about current parties as I hope to be back soon! This is a great idea.

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Sylvia said...

Parties, dances, etc. are great, but need more "motivators" to get people talking.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Rich Gosse said...

Thanks to all who have posted comments about our parties. Here are my responses to your comments:

1. artfull bliss wants to know when we are doing Santa Rosa again. I am negotiating with a major hotel in Santa Rosa and hope to schedule something soon.

2. Miriam was disappointed with our San Carlos Dance Party. She commented that a lot of the men just stood around instead of doing their job--asking women to dance! This is a perennial problem. Some guys are just hopeless. I have written eight books on the subject and taught classes at 61 colleges focusing on how to conquer your fear of rejection and initiate contact. It's easy to give good advice, but not so easy to take it!

3. Sylvia wants to get more people talking at the singles dances. Alas, a dance party is not the best opportunity to have long conversations. That's why we schedule so many Wine Tasting and Lock & Key parties, where the focus is on talking rather than dancing. But most singles love dance parties (that's when we get the big crowds) so that's why we do many of them as well.



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