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Valentine’s Day and all its Trappings!

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So, it’s that time of year again in the City of Brotherly Love, where the ladies anticipate flowers and chocolates and the men shell out their cold hard cash for them.

Or you could be like me, getting flowers by helping out my family’s flower shoppe in Phoenixville (House of Flowers and Gifts at 27 S. Main Street. Call now if you need flowers!) This is probably the first year I’m not eagerly anticipating something from a boy, even though I do have my eye on a possible beau…. With Love Philadelphia

According to history.com, Valentine’s Day is based on Christian and Roman traditions. A least three martyred saint’s named Valentine could be the start of this February tradition. Some say it was a man who performed marriages in secret in ancient Rome. Another suggests it was a man who helped Christians escape Roman torture in prisons. This man was put to death for helping others, so this conjures up images of a sensitive, sympathetic, heroic, tortured soul who died in 270 AD or so.

Many traditions cater to St. Valentine’s Day. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day was popularly celebrated around the 17th century with handwritten notes, little cards, and tokens of one’s affection. Nowadays, the Greeting Card Association says it estimates one billion cards are sent each year, and Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and the US.

So, need something fun to do?

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra has a special Valentine’s Day concert beginning at 7:30 with Louis Scaglione, Conductor and PYO alumnae Elizabeth Pitcairn on violin at Verizon Hall, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $16 - $30.

The Valentine’s Soul Jam is at Temple’s Liacouras Center on February 14th at 3 pm, with The Stylistics, Emotions, Ray Goodman and Brown, Blue Magic, The Tickets: $67.50, $47.50, and $35.50 plus a $2 facility fee.

Ride the Love Train - Philadelphia's Unique Valentine's Day Experience, Mural Arts Program, City of Philadelphia on February 14, 2010. Get on board - the Love Train - a privately chartered, guided El train tour of the 50 love-themed rooftop murals that make up the Love Letter. This once-in-a-lifetime special event is sure to impress and will be followed by a private reception at SEPTA's Grand Mezzanine (1234 Market Street) with hors d'oeuvres and champagne. Departs from LOVE Park, Fairmount Park Visitors Center, 16th Street & JFK Blvd. The Love Train is collaboration between the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and SEPTA.

And if all else fails and you are bloody sick of Valentine’s Day and all those disgustingly cute couples, head out to the Plymouth Meeting Mall for Toast-It! Wine & Gift Shop Anti- Valentine’s Day Single’s Night, from 6-9pm on Friday February 12 for wine and food and games. They are also doing a Valentine’s Day event from 4-6pm.

And me- well, I’ll be in Manhattan for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, so we’ll see what Cupid has in store for me…unrequited love is a witch!

Photo Credit:

LOVE sculpture picture: www.wts.edu

Philly Love picture: http://www.unconventionalgifts.com

You can contact Christine Tarlecki at engchik@comcast.net  or http://engchik.blogspot.com  or http://twitter.com/engchik