Sunday, September 30, 2007

Singles Parties, September 27-29, 2007

3 parties this past weekend, all widely contrasting. Surprisingly large turnout for our Mid-Life Singles Mixer on Thursday night, Sept 27, in Palo Alto. Guess there are lot of you singles out there, 50+! Mason Grigsby, author of Love at SECOND Sight: Playing the Mid-Life Dating Game, gave a great talk, which was very well-received. Mason reminds me of myself, as I am also not politically correct and "tell it like it is." Mason said some things that normally would cause women in the audience to cringe. But everything he said was sincere, and laced with humor, so no one complained. What a terrific performance! If you missed this one, we are doing another Mid-Life Singles Mixer, again featuring Mason, on Tuesday, October 23, at The Orinda House.

The next night we went to the opposite end of the age spectrum with a Young Single Professionals Party in San Jose. I did not attend this one, but Barbara Millin of Singles Supper Club and Ann Thomas of Singles Travel Company report to me that the venue was too large for our singles (the promoter was expecting 800 people later that night). We had the place to ourselves from 7-9pm for our singles Mixer, for only $10; then it opened to the public at 9pm with a cover charge of $20. So it was a terrific deal for our singles, who got our party plus the later party for just $10. Barbara thought the music was too loud, but nobody complained about the volume, so maybe that's what young single professionals want at a party...

The Grand Finale was the Bay Area's first ever Singles Dance Championship on Saturday night at Stars Ballroom in Novato. Many excellent dancers attended and it was a fun party. Congratulations to Teresa Murphy, who won the championship! Teresa is also the co-owner of Get a Love Life, which provides dating coaching and advice for single men over 50. Get a Love Life will be co-sponsoring our Mid-Life Singles Mixer on October 23. Yvonne Benavides and her husband Jason of Stars Ballroom gave a fun West Coast Swing Dance Lesson prior to the Dance Party and Contest. Thanks to Yvonne and Jason!

We have another 3 parties for you this coming week, beginning on Tuesday night, Oct 2, with a Wine Tasting Party at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants, featuring the wines of Hannah Nicole Vineyards. On Friday night we have our Black & White Ball for Single Professionals at David's Restaurant at the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club. On Saturday night we have our Lock & Key & Dance Party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord. 300 singles attended our last party there, and we are hoping for another great crowd.

More details about all of our parties at See you at the parties!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Singles Parties, September 11-22, 2007

I just returned from escorting 40 singles on a Singles Cruise from Istanbul to the Greek Isles and Athens. What a great itinerary! I had always heard about how wonderful this region of the world was, but had never had the chance to visit. I can highly recommend it! Our ship was not the most luxurious, but the beauty of the islands and the excellent tours made up for it. Our hotel in Istanbul was very nice, but the hotel in Athens was excellent--5 stars! A most memorable trip. Information on our many other upcoming singles cruises and tours are on

The night before leaving for Greece & Turkey, I hosted a singles mixer on Tuesday, September 11 at Circa, a luxurious restaurant in the Marina District of SF. Excellent turnout, despite the fact that it was a Tuesday night! The food was also terrific.

While I was away, Barbara Millin of Singles Supper Club ran our Touch of Class Party at the San Mateo Marriott. Not as big of a crowd as normal because we were competing against the Stanford Bachelors party nearby on the same night.

Jim Spillane ran three parties in my absence, all celebrating National Singles Week, September 16-22. The Benicia party on Sept 19 wasn't as big as our last party at First St. Cafe, but was still well-attended. Jim reports that Bone Crushers, our Live Band on Sept 20 in Los Gatos, was terrific, and that there were many attractive new singles who attended.

The Grand Finale was the Lock & Key & Dance on Sept 22 at Sinbad's in SF, which was run by Jim and also by Patrick Dalal. Big turnout, plus Miguel Guidos of Startracks spun his usual magic to make the dancing go great.

This coming weekend we have three parties, beginning early on Thursday, Sept 27, with a Mid-Life Singles Mixer in Palo Alt0. Mason Grigsby, co-author of Love at Second Sight: Playing the Mid-Life Dating Game, is our Guest of Honor, plus we have appetizers first hour. Get a Love Life is co-sponsoring this party. They provide dating coaching exclusively for men over 50.

The next night (Friday) we focus on the younger set (late 20s to early 40s) with a White Out Party at The Vault Ultra Lounge in downtown San Jose. Everyone is encouraged to wear white. We have our party, just for our singles, from 7-9pm, with a fun Mixer Game, plus appetizers first hour. Our young single professionals are invited to stay later for the giant Dance Party that follows, which is open to the public, who will be paying $30 at the door. Our singles are only paying $10 for our 7-9pm party, which includes FREE admission to the Giant Dance Party, 9pm-3am, featuring a Fashion Show, 300 Jewelry Gift Cards valued at $50 each, plus 3 prizes of $500 each in jewelry. Helluva deal!

The Grand Finale is our Marin Singles Dance Party on Saturday night at Stars Ballroom in Novato, 8pm-12. Those who arrive on time will receive a FREE dance lesson, plus appetizers. Then we have a dance party featuring all kinds of music, plus the Bay Area's first-ever Singles Dance Championship. Quite an evening!

More details about all of our parties at See you at the parties!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Singles Parties, Sep 4-7, 2007

We had 3 fun parties for singles this past week, beginning with our first Napa party in over a year on Tuesday night, Sep 4. The food, company, and mixer game were enjoyed by all!

On Thursday, Sep 6 we did our first party at Kimball's Carnival in Jack London Square. Huge space, perfect for big parties. Our singles thoroughly enjoyed the Lock & KeyMixer the first two hours, then stayed to boogie with Revelation, a terrific Live Band.

Friday night we had another Wine Tasting/Dance Party at Mr Smiths Night Club in SF. Well-attended, lots of new faces. Several of the wines were excellent. The most popular wine of the evening was "Trailer Trash." I am not making this up. Unfortunately, Patrick of Wine Socials, our co-sponsor, only brought 2 bottles, because he had never tasted it before and did not have high expectations. If he had know how popular it would be, he would have brought a case!

Only two parties next week. Tuesday, Sept 11 we party at Circa, a lovely restaurant in the Marina District, for the first time. On Friday, Sept 14, we dance at the San Mateo Marriott, where we have had so many great parties over the years. The theme is A Touch of Class, so please wear your finest!

Details are at See you at the parties!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Singles Parties, Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2007

We started the holiday weekend early on Thursday night, Aug 30, with our first-ever Salsa Party for Young Single Professionals, at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco. Good crowd.

On Friday night we held our annual Baby Boomers Bash, at Michael's in Mt View. Huge crowd, high energy, lots of new faces!

On Saturday we held our annual Contra Costa Singles Convention. Another big crowd, which was miraculous, considering that very few of our singles from San Francisco and the west Bay showed up, because of the closure of the Bay Bridge.

Representatives from many of the leading singles organizations in the Bay Area spoke and/or exhibited at the convention, including Beachcombers Singles, Wine Socials, LockandKeyMatch, East Bay Speed Dating,, Jeannine Kaiser, Dr. Wendy Lyon, Singles of Solano, etc. Thanks to all of our co-sponsors!

Yours truly delivered the Keynote Address on "Looking for Love in All the Right Places," which was well received. I gave everyone the assignment of getting rejected by at least five strangers of the opposite sex during the Dance Party. I am happy to report that no one was able to get five rejections! Everyone was just too friendly and agreeable to reject anyone, so the dance floor was packed all night. If you did not get the chance to hear me speak, I will deliver an expanded version of my keynote on Sunday night, Sept 9, at Santa Rosa Jr College.

Miguel Guidos of Startracks spun the tunes at both the Friday and Saturday night parties. Miguel and his lovely assistant, Alex, put on quite a show!

This coming week we again have three parties, beginning with our annual Napa Singles Mixer, Tuesday, Sept 4, 7-9pm, at Rings at Embassy Suites Hotel. On Thursday we do a Lock & Key Mixer & Dance Party for the first time at Jack London Square in Oakland, at Kimball's Carnivall. On Saturday we do a Wine Tasting & Dance Party at Mr Smiths Night Club in San Francisco. More details about all of our events at See you at the parties!