Fear aside, there are some sweet events to attend for Valentine’s Day in Connecticut
Updated 1:30 pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
No pressure, fellas, but a certain sweetheart may just be in the market for a relaxing and romantic Valentine’s Day date. The following item isn’t it (but there are others after that):
“Valentine’s Day Massacre” at Fright Haven in the Stratford Square Shopping Plaza, 411 Barnum Ave. Recommended more for the quirky-horror-fan couples out there (and no one under 14), this event takes place Friday, Feb. 9, to Sunday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m., when the scare emporium sees Cupid doing something bloody with his arrow instead of inspiring affection, a Fright Haven news release said. 203-795-4737.
A bit edgy for many, certainly. So in addition to dining out at one of the area’s fine restaurants, here are some calmer ideas for the coming week:
Love stings? Not quite. A pre-Valentine’s Day jaunt offers “Love Bugs and Honeybees: A Valentine’s Day Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting at Red Bee Apiary in Weston on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., with some food pairings and honey wine (mead) tastings. $45. 203-226-4535, email email@example.com
Wood and wine? Arrigoni Winery, 1287 Portland Cobalt Road, Portland, has a Valentine’s Day wood sign workshop, where couples can create a custom 16- by 20-inch wood sign ($55). There will be two designs to choose from, Arrigoni’s classic monogram sign or a heart design for the holiday. Folks can arrive at 5 p.m. for a wine tasting and start the sign at 6 (until 8). Register at creativecanvascolchester.com
What’s more romantic than dreamy jazz? Well, maybe adult contemporary R&B, represented nicely in the Foxwoods Resort Casino show “An Evening of Love” Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Grand Theater. Performers include Brian McKnight (10 albums in two decades), K-Ci & JoJo (aka Cedric and Joel Hailey, who are brothers and were in the 1990s group Jodeci), Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure. In the Grand Theater, $178-$68.
Also at Foxwoods will be Valentine’s Day specials at expensive-but-exquisite Vue 24 restaurant and a sushi-making class at Red Lantern eatery ($149). Food reservations at 800-369-9663. At Mohegan Sun, there are several dinner specials at the likes of Jasper White’s Summer Shack or Todd English’s Tuscany, and you can even visit meals-to-go place Pasta Vita on the big day to take home some tasty heart-shaped ravioli.
New Haven’s Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., is hosting its “XOXO: A Sale of Valentines” created by the studio binders, potters and printmakers at CAW, through Feb. 14. Call 203-562-4927 for hours.
Terminal 110, 240 Sargent Drive, the industrial nightlife complex with bar food, Latin dancing nights and dueling-piano bar on Long Wharf in New Haven, is hosting a “Valentine’s Day Paint and Sip” run by Current Events on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine included with ticket purchase. $40 single, $75 couple. 203-624-6200.
“Love Letters,” anyone? Fairfield County residents and veteran daytime drama performers Robert and Britt Newman will appear one night only, on Valentine’s Day, at Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford in A.R. Gurney’s play “Love Letters.” Debra Lee Failla will direct this special fundraising production. $40. 203-461-6358, curtaincallinc.com.
“An Acoustic Valentine” will be delivered on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. at Wilton Playshop, 15 Lovers Lane, of all places. The concert of acoustic love songs will feature talented members from Wilton Rocks, Acoustic Wilton and The Darlings of Talmadge Hill. Light refreshments to follow the show. Proceeds will benefit “Musical Chairs,” a fundraising campaign for new theater seating. $25.
For the second year, Susan Powell Fine Arts, 679 Boston Post Road, Madison, presents its “Valentine Gems” art exhibit through Feb. 24, showing a wide variety of subjects, including land and seascapes, marine art, still lifes, wildlife, florals and romantic city scenes. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment. 203-318-0616.
Love and laughs go together, so you may want to head to Newtown for a Treehouse Comedy show on Wednesday, Feb. 14. “The Lovely Ladies of Laughter” will feature three comedians at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main St. Performing are Julia Scotti, who gained national attention in 2016 when the transgender comic made it to the quarterfinals of TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” Marion Grodin, the daughter of film star Charles Grodin, and Stephanie Peters, who has been called “the modern-day Totie Fields.” $39.50-$35. 203-268-5857.
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