By STEPHANIE WILLIAMS
Nothing says romance quite like wine, a sunset and great view while meeting new people.
Local singles got just that Thursday night at Bar Z Winery near Canyon.
AGN Media’s Single in the City mixer was crafted for singles who are seeking love but haven’t found it in traditional spots, and AGN Media Publisher Les Simpson was pleased with the night’s success.
“It’s been a wonderful event with an even greater turnout,” Simpson said. “We heard from the city that singles wanted an event like this, and I think we succeeded.”
Amarillo Magazine Editor Michele McAffrey said she wanted to give guests the opportunity to mingle and network with new people, without the pressures of “dating.”
“The feedback from singles was that there was nothing exciting to do. The atmosphere all night has been great, and people are grateful for the opportunity to mingle with other like-minded professionals,” McAffrey said.
Singles rocked out with local DJ Tommy the Hacker of 96.9 KXSS-FM and enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres from 575 Pizzeria, signature cocktails and champagne from Glazer’s and Texas wine from host Bar Z.
“An event like this has definitely not been done before,” said Andrea Eddleman, a representative from Glazer’s.
“The location is amazing, and the people are attractive and excited to be here.”
Patrons said the night’s biggest hit was a lock-and-key game. The object was for men to find the key that opened a padlock that one of the women were wearing. Once a match was made, the couple received a ticket for a door prize. Singles were then able to pick up another lock and key and play again.
“Honestly, as cheesy as the game is, it helps break the ice,” said Jill Stennis, one of Amarillo Magazine’s top 10 singles. “If the conversations don’t go anywhere, you can try it again. It’s better than going on a dinner date.”
A trolley service was provided for participants to help make the drive to Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. The cost of a ride was a donation to the High Plains Food Bank Community Garden, where a portion of the event’s proceeds went.
“We definitely will be doing this again next year,” Simpson said.