But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.The latest face-to-face dating service fad to turn up in Orlando: Lock and Key Events (lockandkeyevents.com).Singles pay a cover charge to meet up in a club where each male gets a key and each woman gets a lock to wear around her neck. The ostensible object of the game is to match them up, but its all just a clever icebreaker.As the night unfolded, I began to realize this concept is quite genius!After watching the crowd (who were all so friendly), they were so much more receptive to one another than the usual club gathering.For every match you make, you will be entered to win a raffle prize which include cash, manicures, candles, comedy passes and complimentary admission to future Lock and Key events.There is no limit on the amount of time you can talk with someone, and you can choose to get a new lock or key after youve made a match.
This year, Crook's husband is being deployed on Sunday, the day before Valentine's Day, leaving her with little time to organize the event.
So says a Harris public opinion poll that cited in awarding us sixth place in that category.
We dropped the ball elsewhere, however, and wound up sneaking into the roster at a modest 27th overall.
Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.
The next Lock and Key party takes place Sunday, May 26 from to 3pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and also launches Darsonvals Meet the Matchmaker series that will be held monthly, when the expert will be on hand to answer questions about dating in Santa Barbara and to connect singles during polo matches.