There was a woman in stiletto heels who would ring a gong with a butter knife every four minutes, to signal that it was time to switch partners. The speed dating company told us the next morning that of the nearly 1300 speed dating events they’ve done, ours had the highest rate of matches, and each participant was selected by at least one other person—another first for them!
(Yes, the mama on the right is Nisi Sturgis, aka June Thompson from Boardwalk Empire!
The speed dater progresses from table to table until each participant has had a chance to meet the other.
Depending on the company, a speed date may last from three to eight minutes, although some go as long as 10 minutes.
On October 22, we hosted Speed Dating for Mom Friends at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
If you missed it, live vicariously through these pictures.
Speed dating allows you to meet 8-12 singles in your age range for 5 minute mini dates. With the most relationship and family therapists per capita, Newburyport couples have the best chance of working things out. • The barstools at Hingham’s Scarlet Oak Tavern are a choice spot for first dates. Three-fourths of its residents hold management or professional jobs, the highest percentage in the state. Partnerships are strong in Andover: Just 1% of its married pairs are separated. Matrimony is thriving in Boxford, which has the state’s highest percentage of married couples with children (80%). Boston has the state’s most diverse dating scene, with roughly 50% of the population being white, 25% black, 14% Latino, and 8% Asian. There’s no need to be a cheap date around Wellesley men. • In the city, love at first sight is de rigueur on the dance floor of Cambridge’s Middlesex, at the bar of the South End’s Beehive, and in the produce section of the Beacon Hill Whole Foods.But while some details may change from service to service, the general rules concerning speed dating remain the same.Speed-dating events are most often held in restaurants and bars, although events are cropping up in other places, like student unions on college campuses.They’re taken by Natalie Chitwood, the first true mom friend I made when I moved to Montclair!