Marc Mc Donald, 34, and Katie Wasowski, 28, talk at Eventide Oyster Co. The couple live together in Portland and have been together since February of 2013.
Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer Among the young and single, Portland’s dating scene has gotten an unfortunate reputation.
Tim Durbin, 33, called the interconnectedness of the community “a double-edged sword.” Although the singles pool can feel small, he said, when you want to get introduced to someone new, you’re likely to know someone who can help. ALTERNATIVES TO ONLINE DATING Joe Gallant, who’s 27 and single, said he finds it easiest to chat people up at places like music shows or Portland Sea Dogs games – venues that come with conversation topics.
And that’s important in Portland, where striking up a conversation with a stranger is harder than it is in other parts of the country, said Durbin, who’s originally from Maryland and now lives single on Munjoy Hill. That’s the idea behind Local Flames, a new Portland-based dating service that organizes events for singles, from paddling trips to mixology classes.
At a tasting and tour of the Urban Farm Fermentory this month, singles stood around sampling hard cider while chatting with friends, making small talk with strangers and surveying the crowd.