ALL ABOAAARD... the Love Train
Couples spent the afternoon testing their knowledge of each other aboard a train ride
By KATRINA M. RANDALL
Messenger Post staff
CLIFTON SPRINGS - The love Train took off from Clifton Springs Saturday, the eight couples on board ready to be tested on their knowledge of their counterpart in a rendition of the onetime game show The Newlywed Game.
"We decided for valentines Day we would have something for the couples and the singles," said Suzanne Wright, fun coordinator of Simply Just For The Girls, a service that specializes in planning events and activities for girls around the Finger Lakes area. Simply Just For The Girls and Finger Lakes Scenic Railway hosted the event Saturday afternoon which started out from the station at 2 p.m. and returned two hours later.
The singles part of the event was located in a separate car. Eight-minute speed dating was the plan for singles, but on account of the low attendance, they drank wine and relaxed. Well, it was a low turnout, but there was very lit PR - I didn't even hear about it until Thursday night," said Marcia Locke of Clifton Springs. "I just came basically out of curiosity."
However, in the other car the games had begun. Women were separated from the men and given a folder of five questions. The women had to write down an answer to the questions based on what they thought their significant other might say the same went for the men as well.
There were some risky questions, said Wright - like "what was your last argument about?"
The scariest for James Black of Gorham was? "If you were no longer around which one of your friends you both know now would your husband be most attracted to?"
But his wife of almost ten years, Joanne, took it in stride. It was one of her good friends, she said. And James assured her the friend wasn't as cute as Joanne.
Richard and Joni Duvall of Seneca Falls have been engaged for over three years, but weren't doing as well as they could, they said. But they had fun anyway. "He remembered my mother's birthday, which is amazing," said Joni.
It ended in a tie between couples, Timothy Donovan and Karen Parker - who only have dated for a year and a half - and the Blacks. But is a tiebreaker, the Blacks were victorious.
The grand prize was a get-a-way trip to Morgan Samuels Inn, a bed and breakfast in Canandaigua. "It's something I'm glad we won, so it encourages us to come back," said Joanne.
Wright said that she and Deb Murphy, the events coordinator from Finger Lakes Scenic Railways, hope to host a similar event in the future.
"I think it went very well." she said. "They kept in the spirit of having fun."