(page 3 of 3) AS SINGLES SCENES go, Northern Virginia is a pretty good place to be—even if your baggage includes an ex, children and a mortgage. Just this summer, the real estate website ranked Arlington as a hotbed of successful, educated single women. “While we don’t target programs specifically for singles, our dog parks, trails, gyms, community centers and fields are great places to meet people,” says Laura Lazour, chief of the Arlington County Sports & Recreation Division.
Maurice*, 48, who is unmarried and lives in Virginia Square, certainly enjoys the panoply of lifestyle options close by.“Arlington has more things to do and more people available to do things with,” says the IT consultant, who grew up in Montgomery County and lived there before moving to this side of the Potomac 11 years ago. “Northern Virginia is growing rapidly, which means a larger number of older singles are there than in other places.(Following his own advice, he met his girlfriend of over two years at a meetup group in Reston.) In this same vein, literary types have gravitated to “Book Dating” events at the Shirlington library, where singles (typically over 30) bring a book with them and, in a process similar to speed-dating, discuss the book with a rotating group of people in three-minute increments.While the program is currently on hold, Peter Golkin, a spokesperson for the Arlington Public Library system, expects it to return in 2015.
One recent speed-dating event in Pentagon City was designed specifically for Asian and Indian professionals in their 40s and 50s.Other events have included speed-dating for travel lovers; another for gay men over 40; a seminar on how to connect instantly at a bar or party; and an evening of music at the Ukrainian Embassy.