), and found myself in the restaurant of the Hyatt Union Square.
Inside, it looked more or less like a restaurant preparing itself for regular dinner service (dim lighting, candlelit tables), rather than the morose, clinical vision I had concocted of name tags, clipboards, and other trappings of business conferences.
Should there be any mutual matches, the organizers of the event will put you two in touch.
Our own parking spot and all restaurants, casinos and even parasailing were only blocks away. Kelvin was an excellent host and we did not have any issues checking in or out.
Many of the popular activities for singles are organized by clubs that hold events in venues such as hotels, lounges or even baseball parks.
If you like to meet people the old-fashioned way, without any organized mixers or activities, head to one of the many bars and lounges in New Jersey that cater primarily to singles.
People filed in one at a time and checked in with the hostess, who cleared their name from a list and handed them a card for keeping track of dates that night.
After I was sure enough that the people at the restaurant were there for speed dating, I rose from the bar, took a seat on the ladies’ side of the tables, and waited for my first prospective match made in heaven. Women sit on one side of the table while men rotate from seat to seat in front of them. After five minutes, the men move to the next seat, and so on.
“Chair Six is a longer ride and there’s some parts that are romantic because it brings you right up to the tree line.” Here’s how the awesome/awkward adventure will work: Skiers and boarders will get paired up by professional matchmakers, then ride the chairlift to the top of the hill together.
(Also, you won’t need your long undies because temps are supposed to be in the 50s.) Similar chairlift speed dating events have taken place around the country, but this is the first event of its kind at Afton Alps.
Pam Hoye, marketing and public relations manager, says the ski hill hopes to make it an annual event.
Another highlight of the list is Bamboo Bar (bamboobar.com), a nightclub located in Seaside Heights. Busy single men and women can condense the dating process at an organized "speed-dating" event.
At Pre-Dating Speed Dating (pre-dating.com), participants spend several minutes chatting with each of the other attendees.