The Hippo


Oct 16, 2019








Singles Events

Feb. 12 
Together of NH Singles Dance at the Castleton, 58 Enterprise Drive, Windham. Visit for more info or reach them at 800-688-5644,
Feb. 13
Chairlift Speed Dating at Black Mountain, 373 Black Mountain Road, Jackson. Visit for more info or reach them at 383-4490, 
Feb. 14
Valentine’s Contra Dance and Potluck at Old Gilmanton Town Hall, 1800 Route 140, Gilmanton. The dance goes from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $8 and you are encouraged to bring a dish for the dinner following the dance. Visit for more info.
Go bowling at the NH Baby Boomer Mixer at the Bowl-O-Rama Family Fun Center at 599 Route 1, Portsmouth, and drink and eat pizza at the Bratskellar Pub at 980 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. The event starts at noon Visit for more info.
Check out the annual Valentine’s Day Mixer organized by Dynamic Introductions and co-promoted by the Bedford/Southern NH Adventures for Singles Meetup group. It’s taking place at Arena Sportsbar and Nightclub at 53 High St., Nashua. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $17 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be free food and $5 drink specials along with a DJ, door prizes and fun games. Visit for more info or reach Elaine Saunders at 262-1560 or

Nothing ventured...
Put the ice cream back in the freezer and get out there

By Ryan Lessard

 Across New Hampshire this Valentine’s Day weekend, there are a number of events catering to singles. 

If you are expecting to be alone this Valentine’s Day and are already planning a long night of Netflix, snuggies and comfort food, Janis Lewis, the vice president of Together of New Hampshire, has some advice.
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” said Lewis. “You don’t have to be with someone to celebrate Valentine’s.”
Together is a matchmaking and singles events organization. The last vestige of a once nationwide dating franchise before the advent of online dating, it has been making a comeback. 
Its president, Fred Sullivan, echoes Lewis’ sentiment. He says if you stay in, you can count on not meeting anyone new.
“Nothing happens. You’re not going to meet anybody. Nothing’s going to change,” Sullivan said. “By all accounts, there’s thousands of things to do.”
Together is hosting a Valentine’s Day singles dance at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham on Friday, Feb. 12. 
“It’s a nice evening out to come meet other like-minded adults in a nice setting,” Sullivan said. 
He says the company prides itself on securing high-end venues for its dances where members dress up and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and DJ-request music.
“We attract a more mature crowd. Typically 40 plus,” Sullivan said.
Together co-promotes its dances with, which is a good place to find all kinds of social events for singles of all ages. There are Meetup groups in New Hampshire for single parents, Christians and senior citizens.
Sullivan says he’s partnered with speed dating organizations in the past. 
If you want to try a less traditional form of speed dating this Valentine’s and are also an avid skier, try Black Mountain’s 9th annual Chairlift Speed Dating program on Saturday, Feb. 13. 
It’s free to register but you pay $55 for a lift ticket. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and the speed dating goes from 2 to 4 p.m. They pair you up based on age and answers you provide in a questionnaire, and you chat during your 10-minute ride up the mountain.
“We call it 10 minutes to fall in love,” said Kathy Zeiders at Black Mountain.
There are prizes for things like worst pickup line, plus live music by local artists. The Black Mountain Winter Festival is also happening that day, so there will be vendor booths selling crafts as well.
“We usually have a pretty good time. We actually had a couple two or three years ago that actually met during the chairlift speed dating and they actually got married and came back here last year,” Zeiders said.

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