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Sarasota News Leader November 8, 2013 Page 105 provided inspiration and guidance in establishing Sarasota Singles Society. The approximately 75 attendees at the inaugural event at the Chart House on Longboat Key included newcomers and seasonal Sarasota residents, as well as those who have lived in the area longer. Strangely, most seem to lead active lives, but are interested in expanding their friendship circles. As one person put it, "It's more fun to share the opera or a ballet with a companion than going alone." There were no wallflowers among this crowd. From the cocktail reception through dinner, everyone seemed to be engaged in conversation. And did they ever cover a wide range of topics! Travel. The arts. Theatre. Restaurants. The health benefits of a vegan versus a carnivore diet. Auto racing, boating and other sports. Daylight Saving Time, preferred to plain old Standard Time. Shopping. Current Sherry Janes/Contributed photo events. Not much time spent on "where are you from, what do you do" among this group. Janes told The Sarasota News Leader that before the inaugural event, she lined up activities (approximately one a week) to the end of the year so potential members can become actively involved immediately. These are listed on the website, Especially intriguing is the visit to the King Family Farm on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a Thanksgiving celebration. The Chart House terrace was the scene of the Sarasota Singles Society reception on Nov. 1. Photo by Vicki Chatley The next event will be dinner Friday, Nov. 8, at the popular Caragiulo's restaurant, 69 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota. While reservations are required, Janes assured me she will try to accommodate last-minute sign-ups. %

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