Embracing Valentine’s Day in Harford County
by Sue Leonard, HH Staff Writer
How did it happen? February is here! We have shifted our thoughts from sugar plums dancing in our heads to cupids with their bows and arrows.
In planning how you want to enjoy this Valentine’s Day, there are many ways to celebrate. Whether spending the evening with your sweetheart, enjoying an afternoon with grandchildren or caring for friends and neighbors, Harford County has endless possibilities!
If you are looking for a romantic evening with delicious food, Rockfield Manor in Bel Air will be hosting a three-course champagne dinner. On Monday, February 14, Lib’s Grill will be catering the annual dinner allowing for three different seating times. The dinner boasts a shrimp bisque to start, followed by a grilled bistro filet and garlic grilled shrimp, ending with a triple chocolate mousse for dessert. Included are a champagne toast and a choice of red or white wine. Rockfield has also partnered with Blush Floral Design for add-on bouquet options. Make reservations in advance at: libsgrill.ticketspice.com/
A lot is going on in Harford County in the days preceding and following Valentine’s Day, offering alternative dates to doing something special. One of the best ways we can warm the hearts of others is by spending time with them. Healthy options abound in Harford County! Exploring the Ma and Pa Trail with family, taking a yoga class with a friend or doing a partner workout with your spouse at home can be a heart-healthy way to spend Valentine’s Day with the ones you love. After all, research shows that exercise contributes to heart health and happiness.
How about a nighttime owl prowl at the Eden Mill Nature Center on Friday, February 11? Search the woods of Eden Mill in Pylesville for native owls. Learn about these fascinating nocturnals and other creatures of the forest. Follow their tracks around the nature center bordering Deer Creek. Register online at edenmill.org.
Looking for something specifically for the youngsters to do? Take the kids to The Havre de Grace Arts Collective Youth Arts Program on February 12, at 10:00 am, to make homemade Valentines. Snacks, music and supplies to create unique cards will be included. While the kids are busy making cards, the adults can go to The Promenade at Tydings Park on the Susquehanna or the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.
How about a family hike along the Gunpowder River at Jerusalem Mill and a visit to the living history museum? Take a Valentine picnic, dress for outdoor weather and bring a warm blanket to sit upon or snuggle. See blacksmith demonstrations, colonial cooking in the Miller’s House and visit McCourtney’s General Store Museum. The Visitor Center hosts many displays and provides information on grist mills and how they operated in colonial times. Jerusalem Mill is open from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Adults will also appreciate a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday night, February 12, at the Harford Winery. The 21 and over event will feature live music by the Hula Pigs. The $25 admission price includes a glass of wine and a chocolate pairing. Purchase tickets online at harfordvinyard.com. Take your sweetheart or bring a group of friends to any of the local wineries, breweries and distilleries in the county. A bottle of wine or other libation from any one of Harford’s local purveyors will be an appreciated gift for a loved one.
The whole family can take in the Starving Artists Exhibit at the Harford Artists’ Gallery on February 12 and 13. Let your friend, date or family member select a gift from a local artist as a token of your love for them. Admission is free, as always, to the exhibit.
One of the most loving things we can do on Valentine’s Day is remembering those living alone or in need of companionship. Flowers and other gifts are always appreciated. Another creative idea would be to give them a “Blind Date with a Book.” Buy a book or get one on loan from the Harford County Public Library. The librarians can give you suggestions of authors who write cozy stories with a lot of heart. If the book you chose is on loan, insert a reminder in your card of when you will return it to the library for them. A second visit to pick up the book will add to the appreciation.
There are so many simple ways to show people you care. Get your kids involved too! Retrieve a trash can for a neighbor, scrape their windshield free of ice or take someone you care about a tin of cookies. The possibilities are endless, and with each kind gesture, we grow a more loving community. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.
For more information on any of these events, please call or check the venue website for each event.