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In Your 40s and Single?

Attend the next Connect Friends event on January 25 in Darien.

Photograph: ©helencanada/istockphoto


It’s time to stop wondering where you’re going to meet someone special. Let’s face it — life is hectic and unpredictable! While there are many options for singles to search for that special someone, doesn’t it always seem that you meet the best people through your friends anyway?

That’s why Samantha Loomis, a New Canaan mother-of-two, started Connect Friends to bring together single men and women in their 40’s in a casual, fun atmosphere. Connect Friends runs social events throughout Fairfield County, and every couple who attends is asked to bring a single friend. Having a mix of those who are single and those who are unavailable creates a relaxed environment for singles to mix without any pressure.

Ms. Loomis understands the trials and tribulations of dating in Fairfield County, and the stress of high pressure singles events. "It is very hard for single people to meet other quality single people in Fairfield County, other than the ones who just hang out at bars all the time." She adds, "That's not everyone’s cup of tea.”

Connect Friends is a new spin on a singles event. Upon check-in, those who are single are given a glow-in-the-dark bracelet to distinguish themselves from those who are unavailable. Then, everyone can talk and meet new people over appetizers. A cash bar is also available.

Ms. Loomis has been organizing parties like these since 1996. When she was married, she would throw events for single friends who were having a difficult time finding someone special. Now recently divorced, she decided to start Connect Friends to meet new people, help singles find that special someone, and maybe meet her someone special as well.

The first event was held in November at the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan. The attendees mixed and mingled easily, and everyone raved about the event. One attendee even met his Junior Prom date there, and they have now renewed their past relationship!

Another attendee said, “you can hang with your couple friends all night if you want...but if a person catches your eye across the room and he or she is wearing that bracelet, you can definitely make your way over toward that side of the room!” The mix of couples and singles prevents those awkward situations where you're trapped talking to someone you aren't interested in, or where you're standing alone trying to look busy between conversations! You can always fall back on talking to the friends you came with, but have the option of branching out as well.

Samantha plans to organize Connect Friends events throughout Fairfield County and beyond, including Cape Cod and New Jersey. She is looking for “sponsors” for future events who know a lot of people and for those who want to help their single friends connect with new people. There is no cost to be a sponsor.

The next event is Saturday, January 25th at Darien Social at 8:00 PM.

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If interested in attending a Connect Friends event or sponsoring an event please contact Samantha at sloomis@sam-i-am-media.

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