(Men are harder to get involved, she said.) A restaurant hosts the events, and they're open to the general public, not just members of the senior center. For Phillips, half the fun is watching the seniors open up, as if they're reawakening something that's been inside them all along.
A main table with finger food and drinks was flanked by vases of white roses.
Excited chatter and laughter took over as men and women found their seats. As Firestone went over the rules for the event—10 tables, 10 partners to rotate, four minutes of conversation per round—she added a few pointers.
And I think it's just the social interaction, not necessarily the romantic interaction.
By the end of the hour and a half, they're expansive, opened up, leaning into each other.
”, and while a few men confessed to Firestone that they hoped “to meet my next wife,” Kurland was quick to emphasize that this event “could be a friendship match.” It’s about finding someone that might offer extra companionship, to add enrichment outside of family, children and grandchildren,” she said.
Each participant received a blank sheet to list names. As the timer began, icebreaker questions about hobbies and family filled the room.
But it isn't." Loring provides speed-dating kits to senior centers and communities that screen his film, with instructions for how to host their own event.
So far, he's given out 200 kits, although many of the events he's heard about are one-offs, he said.
But in Portage, Phillips appears to have tapped into something.