By Jennifer Weber
Love is in the air. No matter if you subscribe to the “Love is All You Need” view on life of perhaps the cynical view that Valentine’s Day is just a made up “Hallmark Holiday,” there’s no escaping the next two weeks of events to celebrate with the ones you love.
If you are looking for a special one of a kind artisan gift, check out the Valentine’s Market happening at Buffalo Distilling Co. located at 860 Seneca St, Buffalo on Friday, Feb. 9 from 5 – 9 p.m. Local makers and artists Fern Croft, The Stitch Bxtch, Linwood Candle, Alpine Made and pretty + grit are just a few of the vendors that will be showing their goods. For more information, visit www.bflodistilling.com.
Bring a friend, bring your partner or just bring yourself on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. for a special evening at the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House located at 143 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo. The Martin House: A Love Story tour beings with a glass of champagne, continues with a tour that explores the themes of love, friendship and family and ends with wine, cheese and chocolate. For more information, visit www.martinhouse.org.
Closer to home, visit RSpace located at 8823 State Road, Colden for a Valentine’s Day Make and Take on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7 -10 p.m. Deb Ehmke will lead a class on making homemade edible whipped love butter, sensual linen sprays and chocolate covered strawberries. For more information, visit www.r-spacestudio.com.
Bring your partner for a lovely day of relaxation at a Couples Thai Massage on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 4 -6 p.m. at Studio, 1738 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo. According to their website, “Thai Bodywork promotes a deep sense of trust in, connection to, and compassion for yourself and your companion.” For more information, visit www.eastmeetswestyoga.com.
The Springville Jazz Orchestra and Love INC of Springville present their annual Valentine Swing Dance on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Springville First United Methodist Church, 474 E Main St, Springville. This 1940s-themed dance features a delicious chocolate dessert buffet. Attend early at 6:30 p.m. for a dance lesson by members of Swing Buffalo. Tickets are available at Love INC, First United Methodist Church, Springville Hardware and Homewear and at the door. For more information, call Love INC at 592-3761.
For a twist on all things Valentine’s day, how about attending a wellness class? Herbs for the Heart, hosted by Creative Wellness located at 726 Main Street, East Auroratakes place on Monday, Feb. 12 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. This class led by Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will discuss local herbs like hawthorne & motherwort and how they affect the body, exploring the connection between the physical and emotional “heart.” Attendees will sample herbal concoctions and take home seeds to plant at home. For more information, visit www.sweetflagherbs.com.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m., Tifft Nature Preserve located at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo is hosting a SciNight Series: Romance in the Wild. “The birds and bees know what they’re doing, but do you? Investigate how Buffalo’s wildlife ensure the survival of their species through some hilarious games, trivia, food and hands-on science fun!” For more information, visit www.tifft.org.
How about getting some Mardi Gras action in with your Valentine? Hotel Henry located at 444 Forest Avenue, Buffalo is hosting a Fat Valentine’s Party on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Drinks, dancing, $5 hurricane specials and no cover charge, open to the public. For more information, visit www.hotelhenry.com.
Try our a new interactive activity with the one you love with a Valentine Beginner Glass Blowing class at The Foundry located at 298 Northampton St, Buffalo on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. Each person will create a heart ornament, creative creature, small dish, or free-formed shape and learn the skill glass blowing. For more information, visit www.thefoundrybuffalo.org.
For those who just want to have a beer, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. located at 4350 Seneca Street, West Seneca is hosting a Valentine’s Day Beer Pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 – 10 p.m. The event consists of a five-course beer pairing and attendees will receive a pint glass filled with Valentine’s Day surprises. For more information, visit www.rustynickelbrewing.com.
Now for something completely different, how about attending a unique and artsy twist on Valentine’s day with a one-night only screening of “The Passion of Joan of Arc” by Carl Theodor Dreyer at North Park Theatre located at 1428 Hertel Ave, Buffalo on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. For more informatio,n visit www.cultivatecinemacircle.com/passion-of-joan-of-arc.
Fans of the movie Ghost might enjoy a Valentine’s Date Night: Give it a Spin Pottery Date on Friday, Feb. 16 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Artyard Studio located at 5701 Main St, Williamsville. For more information visit www.artyardstudio.com.
Last but very not least, Chef Erin Horton from Edible Crush is preparing another pop-up dinner this time with a Valentine theme on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. at 39 E Main St, Springville. The four-course menu includes an oyster starter, avocado & shrimp appetizer, surf & turf entree and a decadent but whimsical dessert in a candlelit & warm atmosphere. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ediblecrush.