Here's a history of Valentine's Day as told by a historical society.
Thursday, February 14
The following article, by co-authors Jo Ellen Collins and Cheryl O'Malley, was taken from the newsletter of the Medfield Historical Society. Do You Know the Origins of Valentine's Day? Every February 14, across the United States and in many places around the world, loved ones exchange candy, flowers, gifts, and especially, cards, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did our present-day traditions come from? The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint-- is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was …
Dining out or sharing a romantic meal at home? How will you spend time with your Valentine?
Wednesday, February 13
There are plenty restaurants in West Orange or over in Montclair where you can reserve a table for Valentine's Day dinner. See listings here. Perhaps you prefer to delight your sweetheart by whipping up his or her favorite dish at home? Shop for the perfect wine to pair with your meal at Total Wine & More. If you're still looking for that last minute gift, Patch has put together a list of five last minute gifts for that special guy or gal in your life.
From prix fixe menus to concerts to kickboxing, local things to do with your honey on Valentine's Day around West Orange.
A romantic dinner isn't the only option available to locals this Valentine's Day. Local businesses are offering ingenious ways to show your love — from a kickboxing class to cake decorating to a vintage photograph of your home from an old real estate listing. And, of course, there are the traditional Valentine's Day dinners and concerts! Read on -- and be sure to call ahead for weather-related cancellations. Did we miss a Valentine's Day special in your town? Contact us here.