Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Parties, October 23-27, 2007

The Weekend before Halloween always is a great time for parties. Our two Singles Halloween parties, in Sunnyvale and Alameda, both went well, with terrific costumes and excellent male-female balance! Congratulations to the many winners of our Costume Contests, who each won $750 worth of discounts to 52 of the finer restaurants of San Francisco.

I was up at the Greenhorn Creek Ranch in Plumas County escorting the Wild West Singles Weekend with Debby, Saturday and Sunday, Oct 27-28. Not a big crowd, but very congenial. What a beautiful site for a Dude Ranch! The horse back riding was a lot of fun and the food was terrific.

While I was up at Greenhorn, Jim Spillane ran our Halloween Party Saturday night at Pasta Pelican Restaurant in Alameda. For those of you who don't recognize the name, Jim is legendary in the history of singles, having been the Director of Treasure and running 1,000 parties in the Bay Area over a quarter of a century. He occasionally comes out of retirement (he quit doing his own parties after meeting his wonderful wife Celeste at a singles party) just to run our parties while I am out of town. Jim reports that the "Halloween party was great! The room was spectacular, second floor overlooking the Bay." Jim says four singles complained about the food running out early. "Folks loaded their plates," says Jim. Unfortunately some people don't understand the difference between appetizers and dinner.

Earlier in the week we did another Mid-Life Singles Party on Tuesday, Oct 23. Another big crowd, as with past Mid-Life Singles parties. Ron, the owner of The Orinda House, asked me to remind you that his restaurant has live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and hopes all of you singles will return on your own. I can personally testify that he serves excellent dinners!

Two parties coming up this weekend. Our last Lock & Key & Dance Party at the lovely Summitpointe Golf & Country Club in Milpitas was so much fun, we are repeating it on Friday, Nov 2. On Saturday night, Nov 3, we are hosting the Grand Opening Party for Singles at Sports Basement in Walnut Creek. Our Wine Tasting parties have been so successful at both Sports Basement stores in San Francisco, we are excited about christening their new store in the Contra Costa area! If you can't make this one, we are also doing a Wine Tasting Party at the Sunnyvale Sports Basement on Friday, November 16.

Details about all of our parties at See you at the parties!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Singles Parties, October 16-20, 2007

This week we did two parties in new locations, and returned to one of most popular past venues. We started with our first-ever party in Vacaville, at Creekside Bar & Grill, on Tuesday, Oct 16. Lots of great food and interaction.

We returned to the lovely Peacock Gap Country Club on Friday night, Oct 19, for a fun Lock & Key & Dance. Nice turnout, despite the bad weather.

We concluded with our first-ever party at the luxurious Trader Vic's in SF. If you haven't been there, you're missing a great venue! Terrific decor, great appetizers (and very plentiful) and lots of new singles at our party that night. It was also our first-ever Singles Mai Tai Party. Our Mixer Game was all about Mai Tais and Trader Vic's (that's where they were invented), with $750 in discounts to the finest restaurants in San Francisco to each of the 20 winners.

Next week we have Mid-Life Singles Party at The Orinda House on Tuesday, Oct 23, followed by two Halloween Costume/Dance Parties: Friday night in Sunnyvale and Saturday night in Alameda. Our Halloween parties are also our best (out of 150 singles parties a year we sponsor), so don't miss coming to at least one! We are also co-sponsoring the Wild West Singles Weekend up in Quincy in Plumas County.

Details about all of our events at See you at the parties!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Singles Parties, October 9-13, 2007

It's great to have some rain, after being so dry for so long. But all good things come at a price. The first two of our three parties this week were below average in attendance, partially due to the weather.

Our Tuesday night Single Pet Lovers Party on Oct 9 had the additional problem of a one and a half hour traffic jam leading to the Golden Gate Bridge. Very few of our San Francisco/Peninsula singles attended the party in Sausalito. The roads are slick after the first new rain, and people need to learn to drive slower! The party itself, though more intimate than usual, still was a lot of fun. Many of you have emailed me asking for a Single Pet Lovers Party in your area. I think it went very well, and yes, we will do another, in a different city, probably early in 2008.

Our Wine Tasting Party in SF on Friday night had a bigger problem than the weather. There was a large party (350 singles that night) competing against us, so our turnout was smaller than usual. But there was a good male/female ratio, and lots of interaction. So I judge the party to be a success!

We concluded the weekend with a Young Single Professionals Party at Fiddlers Green in SF. The weather was beautiful, the Mixer Game was fun, the appetizers were plentiful, and a fair number of new singles attended. Hopefully we will return to Fiddlers Green in the future. An excellent venue for a party!

Three more parties this coming week. On Tuesday, Oct 16, we do our first-ever party in Vacaville. We get a fair number of singles from Vacaville, so it's time we bring the party to them! I will give a brief entertaining talk on "Looking for Love in All the RIGHT Places," plus our fun Mixer Game, plus appetizers first hour. Singles of Solano (SOS) is co-sponsoring with us, so we expect a big crowd, weather permitting.

On Friday night we return to one of our most beautiful venues, the Peacock Gap Country Club. This will be our third Lock and Key and Dance Party at Peacock Gap, and we expect it will be as much fun as the past ones. Once again Mike Keating of Grand Slam Mobile DJs will spin the tunes--he always does such a terrific job.

The Grand Finale is our first-ever party at legendary Trader Vic's in SF. We are doing our first-ever Mai Tai Party that night, in honor of Trader Vic, who invented the Mai Tai! Only $4 per Mai Tai tonight. Other drinks are also available, of course. We are partying in the same space as Hillary Clinton did a few months ago, with 300 of her supporters. The bad news is that Hillary will not be attending our Singles Mixer (she's not single!) The good news is that we are only charging $10, not the $2,400 that many of her supporters paid at their party at Trader Vic's!

More details at See you at the parties!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Singles Parties, October 2-6, 2007

Our 3 parties this week began on Tuesday night, Oct 2, with a Wine Tasting Party at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants. The party featured the tasty wines of Hannah Nicole Winery. The place was packed, with lots of new faces.

Our annual Black & White Ball, on Friday night at David's Restaurant, was crowded as always. For the first time ever we had a "Best Dressed Contest." Congratulations to Gary Burns, Candee Weinburg, Charles Horowitz, Cathy Gutierrez, Bob Martinez, and Chari for their lovely outfits!

The week concluded with a Lock & Key & Dance at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord. Again, an excellent turnout! We hope to do one of our two New Year's Eve Bashes here. More details soon.

Next week features three more parties. On Tuesday, Oct 9, we hold our first-ever Single Pet Lovers Mixer, at The Spinnaker, a lovely waterfront restaurant in Sausalito. Feel free to bring photos of your pets, but not the pets themselves, please!

On Friday night we hold our Wine Tasting Party at The Sports Basement's giant flagship store at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco. This is a unique party because you not only get to sample some great wines, but also shop at heavy discount!

On Saturday night our Young Single Professionals are invited to a new location for us at Fiddler's Green Irish Pub & Restaurant. We have our own giant upstairs banquet room from 7:30-9:30pm, with a fun Mixer Game and appetizers; then dance all night to the music of DJ Ken.

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