Lonely and Shy...Not an Ideal Combination

I wish I had some single friends to go out with.  Having companions to do stuff with would be great.  I would love to have a group of people to go out with...bowling, hiking, dining, traveling, sporting events, whatever.  I think it would be really fun to be a part of a singles' group -- not the kind of singles' group that is a meat market, but the kind of singles group comprised of people who are seeking camaraderie and the company of others.  Now for the issue...I am super shy.  The thought of showing up at a singles' group or any group alone sends me running for the hills.  I guess my loneliness will have to be stronger than my fear before I venture into these unchartered waters.  The old saying that you have to want it more than you fear it really rings true.