Locally Inspired Valentine’s Day Dates for All Types

 

If you’re a romantic, try a Valentine’s Day date at Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink. There’s something sweet about bundling up and gliding with your special someone, as Camille Hunter and Ben Kelly can attest.

If you’re a romantic, try a Valentine’s Day date at Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink. There’s something sweet about bundling up and gliding with your special someone, as Camille Hunter and Ben Kelly can attest. Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer

Valentine’s Day dates should, like all other things, suit your personality. While some might enjoy going to the movies, others might enjoy something more active. Whether your taste runs to the casual or more formal, Fort Wayne aims to please.

If you’re a romantic, try ice skating at Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink. There’s something sweet about bundling up and gliding with your special someone. Wear your fur (faux or otherwise) and try an up-do for instant glamour. Hot chocolate is available for purchase to warm the both of you – if you need it. Skating: from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5, skate rental $2. Call (260) 422-7625 for more information. Headwaters Park East at 311 S. Clinton Street.

Food is always crucial for a special evening. Make reservations now at your favorite “occasion” restaurant – Fort Wayne is full of great choices. Not sure where to start? Casa is a wonderful with its array of Italian offerings (especially the manicotti). Club Soda provides not only elegant dishes (begin with the duck eggroll), but also an endless array of martinis and such to celebrate the event. While both of these places also have tasty desserts, you may want to hold your sweet tooth’s urges and go to DeBrand’s for one of their gooey, yummy chocolate creations.

Or, go in the opposite direction for dinner if you’re more the casual type and have a fun counter meal – have a hot dog or two at Coney Island (don’t forget the throw-back Cokes) or have a burger and onion rings at Cindy’s Diner and share a strawberry shake.

Prefer a do-it-yourself meal? If you’re a gourmand, head to the gourmet section of your favorite grocery store and buy the fixings for a picnic. Part of the night’s fun will be trying to find a warm enough spot to eat. Do you have a favorite spot to “park?” Tonight may be the night to find one. If all else fails, take your food home and eat in front of the fireplace. (Or TV. We won’t tell.)

Go to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and hold hands. Discuss your favorite works over wine at one of the many excellent Fort Wayne clubs later. Bonus? Some of them offer live performances for free or a small cover. General admission to the museum for adults, $7, special exhibitions additional. Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, located at 311 Main Street. Phone: (260) 422-6467.

If you’d like to take in a Valentine’s Day-specific performance, take in Arts United’s “Love Dance” on Feb.14 at the Auer Center ArtsLab Theatre, 300 East Main Street, at 7:30 p.m. Date Night Tables for Two are available for $49, including champagne. The performance is described as, “A rich and delicious selection of dances meant to be shared and enjoyed with your sweetheart.” Call (260) 422-4226 for more information.

To see the performance of a classic, spend an evening at the “Kit Kat Club” by taking in a performance of “Cabaret” at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre — tickets at Arts United Center at 303 E Main Street. Call (260) 424-5220.  If you aren’t able to catch the performance on Valentine’s Day, the musical runs from Feb. 14 through March 1, 2015.

Valentine’s Day is about spending time with the one you care about most. Whether you choose a fine meal or a fun one, whether you laugh while trying to skate or take in some art, it’s all about that face: the one you and your loved one make when you’ve had a Valentine’s Day that suits you both.

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About Drema Drudge

Drema Drudge received her MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University and has had her fiction most recently published in The Louisville Review, Mused, ATG, Mother Earth News, and Penumbra. She is a frequent contributor to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Drema is married to musician Barry Drudge. They have two grown children, Mia and Zack. Feel free to visit Drema's website where she explores her passion for writing about art at dremadrudge.com.

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