One of my childhood friends, Marlon White, had a dream. After being involved in some of the craziest relationships with women, he finally found his wife, Stacey, who is the love of his life. Now, he’s a hopeless romantic and wants everyone to find somebody to love.
During the last few months, we sat down and came up with a concept for a speed dating mixer: Cupcakes and a Date. Speed dating is an event that reminds me of musical chairs. During the mixer, men and women will be paired off for a limited amount of time to converse with each other. Then, they will move on to the next person. This happens until every person has met with each person of the opposite sex in the room. We also will have entertainment from Mantel, an R&B artist who will be performing his new single “You Want To.”
At the end of our speed dating session, if you really liked a person, you can present them with a cupcake to show your special interest. Now, we will have everyone participating sign a waiver releasing us of anything that may happen as they get to know each other. It’s a “play at your own risk” type of mixer. We’re just creating a fun way to meet up with other singles.
As a single person, I can tell you some stories about what goes down in the DM, also known as your social media direct messages. Some people build up more courage to flirt with you than they would in person. So, we would like to bring people from behind the keyboards and inboxes to meet face to face. As of today, I have not connected with my soulmate. Although, I refuse to give up on finding the right person for me. You really can’t force or rush true love; it has to unfold naturally.
On a regular basis, I talk to a lot of people who have been married or in committed relationships for years. It’s such a pleasure to listen to their stories about how they met and what has kept them together. I feel honored to have helped produce Cupcakes and a Date. I would love to see some love connections happen from this speed dating mixer.
Cupcakes and a Date is a free and happens noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Ice Bar & Grill on 3464 Williamson Road in Macon.
Yolanda “Y-O” Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency, and a member of the Macon Arts Alliance board. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.