Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day, is Sunday, February 14th.
Valentine’s Day is a day when love interests, families, and friends express their affection with gifts and greetings. The holiday originates from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, which was always held in mid-February. The festival celebrated the coming of spring and the pairing of men and women by lottery. At the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day and it became a day to celebrate romance. The modern-day Valentine’s celebration of giving flowers, candy, and cards started in England around the 18th century. Many local businesses are celebrating Valentine’s Day with specials and events.
Friday, February 12th, the Bottle Shop will be hosting “Something Sweet for Your Sweetie Market”. The market is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and attendees will be able to browse floral arrangements from Tommi’s Garden Blooms, the Fitzgerald’s will be set up with its fine art photography, a jewelry vendor, organic chocolates from Zachi’s chocolate, and of course if you’re going to sample chocolate what about the wine? The Bottle Shop will be offering free wine tasting for anyone who stops in.
On Sunday, February 14th, the Maxwell Mansion will be offering Sweetheart Swing Sessions at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. Following the lessons, all will be open floor from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lakelawn Resort will be hosting New Piano Guys on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th, with the show starting at 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy the dueling pianos covering music from every genre with some comedy incorporated into the routine.
The Business Improvement District (BID) has created another ad hoc committee for the retailers downtown.
This retail ad hoc met for the first time last month and has come up with some suggestions to help bring people to the downtown area during the slower (aka; winter) times. Starting in March, on the first Friday of the month, the ad hoc is going to promote the downtown shops by offering special sales, activities, promotions and staying open till 7 p.m. Kristi Tarantino went on to discuss some other ideas she has for bringing visitors in for an overnight visit on Sunday and filling their time on Monday before they head home.
Some ideas floating around are a laser light show, bonfires with the movies on the beach, and water ski shows. Kristi is looking into different companies and options for a light show she would like displayed down at the Riviera. Kristi has been researching and reaching out to different companies about options for a laser light show. There is some new technology available that could really draw some big crowds and bring something new to the area.
The Geneva Theatre on Broad St. has agreed to sponsor movies on the beach and Kristi is working with VISIT to get the fire pits to incorporate bonfires on the beach along with the movies. Kristi has also been speaking with Gage and the Water Safety Patrol about having water ski shows to help draw in some visitors. To help offset the cost of the bigger events the BID is considering sponsors and applying for tourism grants. Kristi does a wonderful job scheduling the BID events and meetings. Harbor Shores donates the room, coffee and sets everything up for the meetings. They do a marvelous job and the staff of the GSR would like to say thank you to Harbor Shores for the generous donation of their time and supplies.