I wonder if you have a local newspaper Bonnie? Here in Norfolk there's one which has a Finding Partners page. It's better than an online dating site, because the men on it will live relatively near to you, and thus are more likely to be genuine. (It's hard to cheat or be a villain if you're in the same local area as the lady!) I'm sure statistically there are plenty of available men who are a bit lonely and would love to meet you. So if you advertised in a newspaper like that one, you'd probably have many replies.
I still think the best way is through a hobbies or interests club. It's a case of choosing the right subject or interest. My late widowed father took up bridge and French, and used to say it was in both cases a front for a dating agency!