Singles group offers alternative to bars


Every now and then we hear about something that makes us stop and say, "Wow, what a great idea."

Typically, the idea is so basic and so natural, we can't believe we didn't think of it ourselves.

Well, I had the opportunity to hear of one such wonderful discovery that makes its home in Carroll County.

Sunday Singles Inc. is an organization founded specifically to bring single people together in a cordial, unthreatening environment.

Jim Day, immediate past president of Sunday Singles, describes the organization as "a safer alternative to the bar scene."

"I guess you could say that is the objective or the purpose of the group," said Mr. Day. "From what I have been told, there were some guys sitting in a Towson bar and they thought there had to be a better way to meet people. Sunday Singles was then started in October of 1981."

The idea was certainly well received -- close to 100 people showed up for the first meeting, which was held in the Longwell Armory in Westminster.

After only a few meetings, the numbers grew and the organization had to move its meeting place to the Westminster Riding Club.

"We were at the Riding Club for several years, and then the size of the group grew to the point where we had to find a larger place," Mr. Day said. "We probably had over 200 singles, and since there were only a couple hundred parking spots, we knew we had to go, so we moved to Frock's [Sunnybrook Farm] on Bond Street."

Since the mid-1980s, the Sunday Singles organization has been gathering on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays to socialize.

Each scheduled Sunday night provides singles ages 25 and older an opportunity to enjoy an evening of dancing and other social activities.

"We really like having the dances because it gives people something to do on a Sunday night. We usually have anywhere from 250 to 300 people at a dance," Mr. Day said.

"Our singles come from all over to attend these dances. Probably 50 percent are from Carroll County, but we also have members from Baltimore and Frederick counties and Pennsylvania."

Mr. Day said most of the 2,000 members of the organization are 35 to 50 years old.

"Our minimum age is 25 years old, but we have folks up to 70 years old," Mr. Day said. "Most of our members are separated or divorced, and smaller percentages are either widowed or never married."

While the dances are an important aspect of socializing, there is a more basic need filled by Sunday Singles Inc.

"I have been with the group for five years, and I can say that it has given me a lot of self-confidence to meet and talk with people," Mr. Day said.

"This group is great for people who have been involved in long-term relationships that have ended. It helps them to find themselves and develop their own circle of friends."

The Sunday Singles group will have its annual Halloween dance the evening of Oct. 30 at Frock's in Westminster.

2& Information: 356-4320 or 833-3340.


It's time for the annual Calvary Caper at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Finksburg, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in and around the grounds of the church.

The bazaar will feature a variety of arts and crafts, a fried oyster luncheon, a table with baked goods, a yard sale and a children's corner.

If you're out and about Saturday, make a point of stopping by. All proceeds benefit the church.

Information: 861-8204 or 861-8273.


Crafts, crafts and more crafts are in store for shoppers who visit the annual Reese Fall Arts and Craft Show at the Reese Social Hall in Finksburg this weekend.

The show will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This is the 14th annual event, and it is sponsored by the Ladies' Auxiliary.

About 60 vendors will be on hand.

Artisans from in and around Carroll County will set up a variety of craft displays, including seasonal crafts for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If weather permits, arts and craft displays will also be set up outdoors.

There will be a full menu of food: Breakfast sandwiches, doughnuts, barbecue, hot dogs, french fries and homemade vegetable soup will be served both days.

All proceeds from the show go to benefit the Reese Fire Company.

Information: 848-6038.

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