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Footloose and fancy-free makes for a good company

Active Singles Club proves variety is spice of life

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October 25th, 2009

After organizing the Rockville Prime Timers for ten years, it comes as little surprise that Peter Kach would be the man behind Riderwood's popular and ever-growing singles club. Not long after I moved here, I got to thinking, he says. There was an existing singles club, but it consisted of little more than meetings; so I proposed an active singles club and the singles here have responded positively. Known as the Riderwood Active Singles club, the group is open to all single or widowed residents on a drop-in basis with no dues or officers. The purpose of the group is to allow residents, particularly single newcomers, to meet other active-minded people, says Kach. Its extensive monthly activities list is posted throughout campus, providing all residents with an opportunity to join in the fun.

No shortage of ideas

A little more than a year since its inception, the club sponsors eight to nine activities a month, including a weekly happy hour in Riderwood's Wye Oak Pub. The group then gets together for dinner in one of the private dining rooms on campus. For many, the evening does not end there, says Kach. Some of us spend the rest of the night playing bridge, rummikub, or chess. Once a month, the group dines outside Riderwood. To date, the singles have visited Israeli, Greek, Italian, Cuban, German, Burmese, and Spanish restaurants. The group also frequents popular local attractions. We ve set sail in Annapolis, witnessed the Christmas lights at the Mormon Temple, visited Hillwood (Marjorie Merriweather Post s estate, museum, and gardens), and taken a barge trip on the C & O Canal, says Kach. On our recent trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain, we also enjoyed a glass of wine at a nearby winery, he adds.

Growing closer

 To complement its offcampus activities, the group plans fun happenings on campus: a monthly get-together in a member s apartment home and ballroom dancing in the performing arts center. We are able to do so many things together, says club member Jane Cyphers, but our common goal is always to have a good time. And while the club has grown, members cite the size as one thing that keeps them coming back. The smallness of our group makes a big difference, says Cyphers. You are really able to get to know people and fully participate in the various activities without getting lost in a large group. As the holidays approach, the group is as busy as ever. This month, the singles will travel to Brookside Gardens for its annual chrysanthemum show and to F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater to see the musical West Side Story. We do our best to put together a calendar that is attractive to as many single neighbors as possible, says Kach. Our group is always busy.