When Robyn Posner saw this picture in Scene, her heart went pitter patter.
Just over a year ago, we chronicled the travails of Cleveland's Jewish dating scene
. Many natives complained that since they had known all the eligible matches since kindergarten, striking up a spark over martinis at Bar Louie was a tough sell.
Architect Eric Greenberg was intimately familiar with this dating draught. "Anyone that's single I've either been out with or I know," he said at the time. But he was about to be proven wrong...
After the article was published, Robyn Posner contacted Scene to inquire about that cute, dark-haired fellow who claimed to have dated everyone in town. After nine years in Cleveland, she thought she too had covered the circuit.
A few emails later, Posner and Greenberg arranged their first blind meeting — scheduled, appropriately, on Christmas Eve. They were supposed to see an art exhibit at the Shaker Heights Library, but it was closed, so they drove around admiring the goyish holiday lights.
The months passed quickly, and Greenberg soon realized, after seeing how comfortable Posner was with his family, that “something good was gonna happen in the end.”
Wednesday night, he invited her to take a walk around the lagoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was the site of their first real date. Unfortunately, there was a “roving pack of wild dogs” on the path, threatening to ruin Greenberg’s plans. Finally, the dogs left, and the couple was alone. He got down on one knee, and fulfilled every Jewish mother’s dream.
Afterwards, they met up with friends and family at the Fairmount Martini & Wine bar, celebrating their engagement in the same spot where Greenberg’s picture had been taken for the Scene article. “I thought that would be a fitting end,” he says. – Lisa Rab