15 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone this year
HUNTINGTON -- There may be 50 ways to leave your lover but there are also at least 15 great ways to treat your lover.
Sure, there are probably more but hey, these are the ones that are fit to print.
Here's a look at just a few great things to do with your sweetie this Valentine's Day weekend.
When Smokey sings
Groove into Valentine's Day weekend like an old soul record. It's Grammy legend, Motown king and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Smokey Robinson who will be killing it softly on stage at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Bring your honey out to hear Robinson, who chalked up such solo hits as "Just to See Her," and "Being With You," as well as his slew of hits with the Miracles and all of those Motown classics he wrote such as "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "Get Ready" and "My Guy."
Tickets are $75 and $58. Tickets can be picked up at the Marshall Artists Series box office in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, by phone at 304-696-6656 or on ticketmaster.com.
Scoop it out
Get a "cool" gift with a ticket to the ice cream tasting that runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Wild Ramp at Heritage Station.
For $15 and $13 for Friends of the Market, folks will be able to taste 10 different flavors of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream; from the favorite Salty Caramel to the Dark Chocolate to the more interesting Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts.
Take a peek into the Jeni's Recipe book to make your favorite flavor into your favorite sundae. Pre-register by calling the store at 304-523-RAMP.
A great cave escape
Head to the hills of Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky., as nationally-traveling storyteller Bil Lepp, a five time champion of the West Virginia Liar's Contest, performs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 15-16.
Enjoy a buffet dinner with the show that begins Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Admission is $29.95 plus tax per person and includes dinner and show. The park is also offering a package that includes the dinner, show and an overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for just $120.95 plus tax for two people. Call 1-800-325-0059.
Bowl Her Over
Colonial Lanes, 626 W. 5th St., Huntington, has got nothing but love for you on Thursday, Feb. 14 as anyone who brings a date gets buy one get one free bowling on games.
For more info, call 304-697-7100.
By The Light of the Luminaries
Oh what a little moonlight will do, and hey, even if the moon is waning, Blackwater Falls State Park has got that covered on Friday, Feb. 15, as it is having a Luminaries Sweetheart Hike at the park in Davis, W.Va.
Bundle up and bring your sweetheart on a leisurely stroll along forest road 13 to Lindy Point trail in the soft light of dusk. Meet at the Sled Run Building to depart. The hike will follow the trail for about three miles. Following your luminaries, return to the Sled Run, enjoy the comforts of a cozy fire and hot chocolate. The hike is informal with a park naturalist available to answer questions. Pre-registration not required. For more information about Blackwater Falls State Park, visit online www.blackwaterfalls.com/special.htm or call 304-259-5216.
With A Main Dish of Harmony And Bowties
Don't be pitchy with your own crooning, leave it to the pros as members of the "ThunderTones" Barbershop Chorus will be delivering "Singing Valentines" Wednesday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 15.
The happy harmony of the Tones gets slathered on two love songs, and they deliver a gift and personalized card as well to any residence, workplace, or restaurant and is usually an unexpected surprise. The cost for the package is $50.
Proceeds support local music education programs. To place an order for a Singing Valentine or for additional information, call 304-302-NOTE.
That's What She Sang
The ThunderTones aren't the only ones in the singing business. The ladies group, The River Magic Chorus, which is part of the Sweet Adelines International, will be offering Singing Valentines on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 13 and 14.
In-person performances are available throughout the Tri-State. For $40, the recipient will receive two songs sung by a chorus quartet, a rose and a small gift. Telephone valentines are also available, sung live by a quartet, for $15. Anyone living anywhere in the U.S. can receive a telephone valentine.
Call 304-522-6506 or 606-836-4178 to order or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With A Hunka, Hunka Burning Love
Don the poodle skirts and slick back the hair boys, Chief Logan Lodge turns back the clock on Friday, Feb. 15 as Elvis impersonator Wrenn Mangum is in the house for a '50s Elvis show and dinner.
Make reservations for a king or queen room for Friday or for Friday and Saturday; enjoy dinner at 6:30 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. on Friday evening. One-night package rate for two people is $115; two-night package for two people is $165. Overnight guests enjoy express breakfast for two.
For dinner and show only, the cost is $65 for two people. Reservations are required. For more information about Chief Logan Lodge and facilities, call 304-855-6100 or visit online www.chiefloganlodge.com.
Rally For Love
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, you can join with the local grassroots group of LGBT citizens and supporters who will rally again at the Cabell County courthouse during the second annual "Apply for Equality" event organized by Justin Murdock and fiancé William Glavaris along with straight ally, Raine Klover. They are preparing for a bigger and better presence for 2013.
The event will begin at 10 a.m., starting off with interfaith speakers and invocation, and run until 2 p.m. During this time, there will be a rally outside the courthouse where supporters of same sex marriage will display signs expressing their views and several short speeches supporting marriage equality will be made. At the same time, same sex couples will be entering the courthouse to apply for marriage licenses.
The funky and fresh Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St., E., Charleston, hosts "Scratch: A Valentine Show," that runs 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the intimate restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. Organizers call it an evening of tattoo 'love' with art, music, belly dancing, food, wine and surprises.
An Evening of Romance at the Paramount
Texas Roadhouse is teaming up with the Paramount Arts Center for "An Evening of Romance" on Feb. 14. The evening at the Paramount starts with dinner at 5:30 p.m. in a romantic setting with no waiting in line, followed by An Evening of Romance -- three romantic one-act plays. The cost is $100 per couple and includes dinner, wine/beer, dessert and the plays. Dinner will be provided by Texas Roadhouse and includes a choice of Prime Rib or Roasted Chicken, potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and cheesecake as well as wine or beer. Seating is limited, so reserve at 606-324-3175. And if you have some little ones around the house, you can bring them along and get childcare services for an additional $15.
Rolling on the River
Take a roadtrip down the river to the Queen City where on the southern side of Cincinnati, (Newport, Ky.) BB Riverboats, the folks who do the annual summer cruises here on the Ohio River, have got you covered for a romantic evening cruise on Valentine's Day weekend.
They've got two dinner cruises at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 16. Enjoy live music, a buffet dinner and of course a wonderful ride on the river. Cost is $48 and $32 for children.
Go online at www.bbriverboats.com for more information. While you are in Cincy you might want to check out the Cincy Winter Beerfest. It runs Feb. 15-16 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown with more than 300 craft beers flowing.
On A Dinner/Theater Mission
Since 1991 the folks at First United Methodist Church, 1124 5th Ave., have raised money for missions with more than a little splash of style and staging.
This is the 21st annual First Church Dinner, a dinner theater that has raised more than $41,000 for mission trips that have ranged from Nicaraguan families and the city's homeless to "Sandy" relief and more.
This year's theme is a talent show revue that will run Feb. 14-16, at the church. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and show is at 8 p.m.
Dinner choice is between prime rib or glazed cornish hens with all the trimmings. Dinner plus show is $24 while children ages 12 under are $8. Show only (as space permits is $5). Babysitting available on request for all shows (advance notice required).
For reservations, call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576 or email email@example.com .
Lounge o' Love
Want to take in some smooth R&B sounds in a mature atmosphere? The Extraordinary Gentlemen have got you covered.
For the third year, they are putting on The Love Lounge, which starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Ramada Inn Limited Ballroom, 3094 16th St., Huntington. "Dinner hors d'oeuvre" will be served. There will be a cash bar. Dress attire suggested. Admission $10. VIP tables available with a bottle of wine, roses and candy included. VIP tables allow entry of six people. Raffle for special giveaways. Text EGLOUNGE to 72727. For more information, call 304-389-9899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Couples Only On Stage
Real life married couple Steve and Jessica Sisson star in the stage play "The Fourposter," written by Janet de Hartog. "The Fourposter" is the first production of the French Art Colony's Riverby Theater Guild's 2013 Season. Remaining shows are 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Bob Evans Farm Event Barn in Rio Grande, Ohio. Tickets are $12 and include a dessert and drink at intermission. Reservations are requested. Call 740-446-3834 for more information.
I'm Loving Hating It
Not everybody's gung ho about the manufactured holiday. You can revel in that love/hate relationship with V-Day with "LOVE/HATE Valentine's Day," a special Third Eye Cabaret at The Charleston Cellar, 8 Capitol St., in Charleston, from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. The event features Christopher Harris (lead singer of Qiet), Sierra Ferrell, The BrotherSisters and other performing songwriters and spoken word pieces on rejection, dejection, love and renewal. The evening is just as much suited to singular people who abhor Valentine's Day as cupid-y couples. Admission $3 at the door which includes fine snacks. A very limited number of tables for $20 per couple (or two friends or frenemies) include champagne, chocolate and a rose (with thorns). Stay tuned for details and guest lineup to http://facebook.com/thirdeyecabaret/ .
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