Ladies, Want to Date a Bona Fide Scion?

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Ladies, Want to Date a Bona Fide Scion?

We’re always interested in helping singles find each other and for the ladies, we thought we’d pass along a titillating ad we spied in the April 7 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Alongside ads for rental properties in Aspen and Honolulu, Tuscan cooking classes, and cruise organizers who specialize in class reunions, we found the following:

"Distinguished Widower, 60. This wealthy scion of one of New England’s first families seeks an equal partner. He’s handsome (tall, sparkling blue eys), warm-hearted, intelligent, witty, and dynamic. Share his love of sports (tennis, hiking, biking, golf), travel (London, Paris, Rome, Bonn, Costa del Sol), and most of all, his traditional family values.

"And…to the presumptive luckiest lady in the world (40-48), you are intelligent, thoughtful, accomplished, gracious, and attractive. You value family and friendship above material advantage (yet you have all of that). All you’re missing is the greatest guy in the world to fulfill your dreams and desires. Have I described you?

"Please call me, Joan, 617-492-1200, fax, 617-424-1941, or write, 172 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 or"

We had to let you know. Now, on the singles group listings.

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Singles Groups

NEW! Alternative for Singles, 609-750-1910. Romantic house parties – crackling fire, live piano music, refreshments. Ages 30s through 50s. Will meet regularly second and fourth Fridays. Call now for a reservation.

Book and Movie Club, 609-587-7265. Small informal discussion groups, biweekly trips to movies, ages 40+, meetings alternate Fridays, 8 p.m., P.J.’s Pancake House, Nassau Street, Princeton. E-mail:

Central Jersey Tall Friends Club, local chapter (140 people) of an international social club that dates back to the 1930s. Requirements: men must be at least 6-foot-2 and women at least 5-foot-10. The group meets once a month for a business meeting, and sporadically for formals, museum excursions, barbecues. Contact: Allen Hodgson.

Dinnermates, a dinner and networking group for business and professional singles that meets Friday and Saturday evenings at fine restaurants. Mates are grouped together according to age (20s to early 40s) and there are roughly 200 members to date.

NEW! Jersey Jumpers, 609-683-9798. Singles and swing dance. Third Fridays, beginner dance lessons at 7:30 p.m., swing dance from 8:15 to 11:15 p.m. No partner necessary, all levels welcome. $10; $7 students. Unitarian Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

Music and Art Lovers’ Connection, Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, 888-348-5544. Singles nights start with a buffet at Toto’s followed by a concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Princeton Singles, PO Box 1457, Princeton 08542. A 50s-plus social club with more than 100 members who meets for pitch and putt, house parties, dining, and dancing. Dues are $25 a year.

Professional and Business Singles Network, 800-537-3859. A 30,000-member organization that hosts nearly 50 activities per month at locations between Philadelphia and Central Jersey. House parties, dances, seminars, barbecues. Ages 30s to 60s. Also Voice Personal Ads and an introduction service for shy singles. Newcomers welcome. Events hotline: 800-537-3859. Contact: Ralph Israel, 888-348-5544. For a schedule of events, visit One-year membership, $65. Upcoming events: Friday, May 7, 7 p.m. Radisson Hotel Princeton, experiential seminar "What Do I Say After I Say Hello" with Cherry Hill therapist Audrey Sussman ($25), followed by dance social at 8:30 p.m. ($15; complimentary with seminar); Thursday, May 13, "Theater Lovers Singles Night," Passage Theater, Trenton, pre-show singles reception, 7 p.m., at the theater followed by a performance of "In Mahalia’s Light," a world premiere musical starring Queen Esther Marrow, followed by an after party at Mill Hill Saloon.

Rhythm and Bugs, Hamilton, 609-252-0502. A community-oriented social swing dance held on frequent Fridays in central New Jersey. No partner necessary; 40-50 participants, most of them single. All dances are held at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 2200 Genesee Street, Hamilton. $5. Fourth Fridays have live swing jazz music, $10. Beginner lindy hop lesson 8 to 9 p.m.; dance from 9 p.m. to midnight. Upcoming dates: May 7 and 28.

SingleFaces, 732-542-2200 (24-hour hotline). An upbeat upscale scene that brings singles together at Top 40 dance parties in 30 different north Jersey and Central Jersey locations, $12. Ages 30s, 40s, and 50s. Contact: Sy Bassman. For a schedule of events visit

Single Gourmet of Greater Philadelphia, 215-732-0260. A Philadelphia-based 750-person social club that hosts three to five restaurant affairs per month, including a trip to Le Bec Fin during the winter holiday season. Also organizes romantic getaways to places like Santa Fe and New Orleans. Upcoming events and trips: Wine and food festival in New Orleans, May 28 to 31. Contact: Florence Weltman. One-year membership, $99.

Single People Contributing to Society Inc. (SIPECOS), interactive singles events and semi-formal events to benefit various charities.

NEW! Single, Separated, Divorced, and Widowed Support Group, 609-588-0790 or 609-586-7678. Meets Monday nights, September through June (Tuesdays, July and August), non-denominational, 7:30 p.m., Draus Room, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Community Hall Building, 4680 Nottingham Way, Hamilton. Occasional social activities. E-mail

Single Women Friends Group, Mercer/Middlesex/Monmouth County area. A lively club of single, divorced, widowed, and never married straight women, ages late 40s to early 60s who enjoy dining out, the theater, movies, and single events. To join or for more information contact via E-mail at

Widows and Widowers, Mercer County chapter, 609-587-8959 or 609-896-3818.

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