The concept of read dating has been around for about two years, and began in New York where events were held in libraries and college bars.
An interested gentleman could not simply walk up to a young lady and begin a conversation.
Read dating is essentially speed dating for bookworms, so that instead of familiar conversation starters such as 'Where do you work? ', participants are more likely to discuss their favourite Keats poem or the latest Dan Brown novel.
For the read dater, the dilemma is not so much 'What shall I say? ' Budding soulmates are still only allowed a meagre three minutes to share their literary experiences before moving on to the next person, not a huge amount of time to decide whether they've met a prospective life partner, though they're at least likely to agree about how to while away the hours on a relaxed Sunday evening.
Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered.
According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey. Arranged marriages were the norm, primarily business relationships born out of the desire and/or need for property, monetary or political alliances.
You also have a chance to win raffle prizes; you pick up an entry form at the Chamber of Commerce office at the ferry landing any time between 10 and 3 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, then have each participating store add their stamp as you stroll around to see them all.