Origins of the holiday celebrating romantic relationships dates back to third century Rome and the legendary Christian martyr St. Valentine — the patron saint of lovers.
Legend has it that Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s blind daughter, whom he had befriended and healed. Another legend is that Valentine secretly married couples to spare their husbands from war, which defied the emperor’s orders.
Generations later, on or about Valentine’s Day — Feb. 14 — couples express their feelings through gifts and sharing time with each other.
Several Pennyrile area organizations and businesses have planned events starting this week for all valentines to celebrate together.
The Hopkinsville Art Guild presents the fifth annual Be My SweetART from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the art guild gallery.
“It’s going to be a fun evening to connect with friends, some good food and hospitality,” said Henrietta Kemp, art guild president.
The evening will feature live music by guitarist Jim Garnett, playing love songs, homemade food and drinks.
“We have about 25 (food) vendors and (guild) members who are wonderful cooks who are making some really special sweets for us — chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate-dipped strawberries, truffles, bourbon balls, homemade caramels,” Kemp said. “You can almost eat your dinner there. With your tickets you get wine, beer or champagne punch, appetizers, and you get to take home a box of sweets.”
Couples or friends may take selfie photos and peruse the art in the gallery.
“It’s a great place to look around and buy a Valentine gift. We have lots of beautiful jewelry and artwork,” Kemp said. “They get to see what art there is available. We like to show off the talented people we have in our area.”
Proceeds from the event will be used to provide area visual artists opportunities to develop their skills and exhibit their work at the gallery and to provide area children with free opportunities to explore creative expression through several events.
Tickets are limited and available from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the gallery, 108 E. Sixth St. or online at www.galleryon6th.org or call 270-962-7307.
Sweets for your sweetheartFor those who like to bake and want to create and sample some sweets for their sweetheart, there are some Valentine treat options available.
The first class is offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Studio 3s, 201 E. Ninth St. Guests will be taught by a professional baker with step-by-step cookie-decorating techniques complete with recipes for icing and cookies. Participants will decorate six cookies and all supplies are included. Space is limited for ages 12 and up. The cost is $45 per person via eventbrite.com.
Another Valentine cookie-decorating class is planned for 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, 1101 Bethel St. Led by Brooke Jung, the Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director, participants will receive four pre-baked cookies, icing bags with three colors of royal icing, recipes for both of those, a tutorial on how to achieve unique patterns and designs on cookies, access to sprinkles and edible glitter, and a cookie box to take treats home. The class is $10, and guests must pay and register at the library front desk before Feb. 10.
The Janice Mason Art Museum Chocolate Affair is slated for 3 until 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Fairholme (the John L. Street house), 89 Main St. in Cadiz. Live music will be performed by Abby Gillespie. The three different entry times are 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Organizers say it’s a fun time to mingle if you are single or a perfect chance to take your valentine to dessert before dinner.
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the museum or call 270-522-9056 to reserve tickets.
Night on the townCouples who want to spend a night on the town or a weekend away have a few options.
Hopkinsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church presents its annual Valentine’s Spaghetti Supper at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at 2701 Faircourt St. The menu includes an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, salad and dessert. The evening will include bingo with prizes, door prizes, drawings, goody bags and a cake auction. A nursery will be available. The cost is $5 at the door, with proceeds supporting church and local ministries and community outreach.
A Valentine’s Couples Dinner is planned for 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at Traveler’s Lantern Market & Cafe, 103 S. Main St. in Trenton. Couples may enjoy candlelight, soft music and a meal in an old town historic setting. The menu is salmon on a bed of seasoned rice and asparagus. Chocolate-covered strawberries, Oreos, pretzels and other fun desserts, will be available to order. A bouquet will be presented to each couple. The price is $60 per couple and space will be reserved by payment by Feb. 12.
The Relay for Life Sweetheart Ball is planned for 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive. Hosted by Christian County Relay for Life, the event offers couples a night out with their sweetheart. Individual tickets are $30 and couples pay $50. Tickets include the meal, dance, cash bar and photo booth. For tickets, call Martha Argotte at 270-556-6837, Pam Futrell at 270-498-1778 or Crystal Hightower at 270-498-3133.
Travis LeDoyt performs America’s Best Young Elvis Show to the Alhambra Theatre at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. LeDoyt portrays young Elvis Presley in his prime in the 50s and 60s. Tickets are $45 for adults; $25 for active-duty military and $15 for students at red.vendini.com.
Sweetheart Weekend 2020 begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and continues through 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. There are one-night and two-night packages available which include lodging and meals. To make reservations, call 270-924-1131.
A Valentine’s Weekend Getaway begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Lodging and meals are included in one-night and two-night packages available which include. Call 270-797-3421 to make reservations.
Fun with your friendsSouthern Lanes Hopkinsville bowling center, 3001 Canton Pike, is offering a Valentine’s Date Night starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 for couples, friends, co-workers and family. Anyone can enjoy cosmic bowling together. Bowlers should look for the colored headpin, and anyone who bowls a strike will receive a free medium soft drink.
Murder Mystery Dinner: Best Laid Plans will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Valor Hall Conference and Events Center, 105 Walter Garrett Lane, Oak Grove. It’s an old Hollywood whodunnit murder mystery interactive show for ages 18 and up. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Tickets are $40 at eventbrite.com (plus tax/eventbrite fees). Tickets are required and will not be for purchase at the door. All tickets include a buffet-style dinner.
Also, at Valor Hall will be a Girl’s Day Out-Valentine’s Edition at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Feb. 15. Enjoy a day of food trucks and over 30 vendors including photographers, estheticians and hairstylists. Swag bags will be given to the first 100 adult shoppers. Interested ladies should call 270-640-7144.
Animal lovers might want to celebrate their pets by getting portraits made from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Christian County Animal Shelter, 3133 Canton Pike. Portraits are one for $5 or five for $20. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Christian County Animal Shelter’s Get ‘Em Done spay and neuter program.
Enjoy a night full of romance and intrigue at the ‘Til Death Do We Part Murder Mystery Party at Casey Jones Distillery, 2815 Witty Lane. From 6 until 9 p.m. Feb. 15, enjoy the party, dinner and dessert. Tickets are $50 each or $90 per couple. Tickets can be paid via PayPal or in person only. Proceeds benefit Max’s Hope Pet Rescue.
Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or email@example.com.