Meet many in a short time
Shauna Scott Rhone firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Imagine this: a room full
of singles, all there because they're actually interested in meeting
other people. No wallflowers, no profilers, no set-up artists ready
to shoot down any serious approach.
But here's the
challenge: You have three minutes between ear-piercing Pavlovian
whistles to find out everything you can about the person sitting in
front of you.
This is the premise
behind Progressive Daters (www.progressivedaters.com),
a high-speed, high-anxiety, meet your future whatever, new
millennial type of matchmaking.
takeoff of Speed Dating, last year's singles-place-to-be in New
York, Progressive Daters is scheduled to launch in Greater
Cincinnati later this month at Gameworks at Newport on the Levee.
Each event is age-specific, i.e. Gen-Xers meet with other Gen-Xers
and Boomers meet Boomers.
The beauty of the
condensed format, says Daters's vice president Tracy Corpus, is you
Time. You can
meet up to 30 people in three hours.
Money. It costs
only a $20 registration fee. The average date costs $50.
don't have to sit through an agonizingly bad date.
You have nothing to
lose, says Ms. Corpus. You're gonna have a great time and an
instant social life. It's great for the newly single. You'll meet
somebody who's there to meet somebody, so you'll start lots of new
Future Progressive Daters events at Gameworks in Newport on
Aug. 18 for ages 35-45
Aug. 25 for ages 40-55.
Sept. 8 for ages 21-33
To register for an event, go to www.progressivedaters.com.
Some people sign up
for multiple events, only to call back after the first meeting and
cancel because someone at the last event worked out, she said.
Here's how a typical
Progressive Date works:
assigned numbers to wear and an informational folder. The folder
contains a cheat sheet of questions and what to expect. Forms are
available to keep track of the number of the person(s) you want to
There's one hour
for informal chatting in the crowd.
Then, the women
take their seats while the men move in one direction every three
minutes. Mercifully, there are two 15-minute breaks to rest and
regroup and then the circle hopping resumes.
Forms are supplied
to keep track of the number of the person(s) you want to see again.
Completed forms are turned in at the end of the event and an
exhausting but fun evening is over.
If a man and a
woman both say they want to see each other again, the people
at Progressive Daters will notify them.
Ms. Corpus says it's
great for shy people and those with busy schedules. The events are
age-specific to give groups more experiences in common. A Gen-Xer
can't get into the party for the 40-55 year-old crowd and vice
Where else can you
wear one outfit and meet 30 dates in one night? she says.