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Ten great “first date” plans
by Janet Jacobsen
Nov/Dec 2003 issue

AARP the Magazine recently offered ten “Smart First-Date Ideas for Singles” that emphasize dating in “group” settings and focus on common interests.

1. Spice it up. Cooking classes for all levels and cuisines are available throughout the country. Watch the food section of your local paper for ideas.

2. Cut a rug. Many places that hold dances begin the evening with a dance lesson, or take a dance lesson together at a place that also holds dances.

3. Spread out. A picnic is an excellent first date if both people like the outdoors and the weather permits. Shop for food and drink together, or each part of the menu.

4. Take in the view. Take an art gallery walk or museum tour, or attend an art history lecture.

5. Set sail. Assuming one or both of you know how to paddle, rent a canoe or row boat, or splurge on a moonlight cruise. Lots of opportunity for conversation!

6. Pursue literature. Attend a book or poetry reading at your local bookstore or university.

7. Get moving. Tennis, anyone? Or golf? Or croquet? You get some exercise, plus you learn how the other person handles winning - or losing.

8. Make music. Communities sponsor outdoor concerts; schools and universities hold recitals. Find a match for your tastes in music.

9. Cultivate romance. Both like gardening? Visit a plant nursery or arboretum.

10. Wine and dine. Wine tastings offer an opportunity for education and conversation. Held at wine bars, wineries, and as charity events.