Anna Goodrich (left) and Samantha Kynett, seniors at JMU, will cohost the first speed dating event on Feb. The Valentine’s Day event is open to anyone over the age of 18 and guests will be provided with a cookie and drink.Tucked away in downtown Harrisonburg’s Ice House, Black Sheep Coffee shares its eclectic vibe with the Shenandoah Valley one coffee at a time.At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.a little less electronic conversation,” Ebersold said.Goodrich thinks that Valentine’s Day is a bit overrated, but hosting the event on that date gives single people something exciting to do on their Tuesday night.“You don’t hear of many speed dating opportunities these days and so I’m excited to be a part of it,” Goodrich, a senior communication studies major, said.
Sometimes people arrive very nervous and have no idea on what they're going to say to so many "dates" then when speaking to them afterwards they are buzzing with excitement on how much of a great evening they've had! ” “Having participated in slow dating myself (before I became a host), I know how daunting it can be on your first time and especially if you’re brave enough to come alone.
The idea of speed dating was tossed around in August between the two employees and Ebersold’s wife, Miranda. 14 to give singles something fun to do on Valentine’s day.
“We like people coming in here sitting down and having conversations …
Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.
At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.