Downtown offers Valentine’s weekend


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



Mark Smiles poses with his Valentine’s Day-themed display at the Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., in downtown Delaware. Smiles’ business is among other downtown places that will be doing something special for the holiday.

Mark Smiles poses with his Valentine’s Day-themed display at the Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., in downtown Delaware. Smiles’ business is among other downtown places that will be doing something special for the holiday.


Brandon Klein | The Gazette

WEEKEND GUIDE FEB. 10-12

• Family Fort Night, Ostrander Branch, 75 N. 4th St., 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Families are invited to build a fort in the library. It’s encouraged to bring supplies but some will be available.

• “Speakeasy on the Farm,” Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Road, 6:30 Saturday. This event from Preservation Parks of Delaware County explores how people got around prohibition from 1920 to 1933. The event will have a non-alcoholic, prohibition-era drink to sample with live music. Open to ages 18 and up. For more information go to www.preservationparks.com.

• “Getting Light From the Night,” Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike, Delaware, 8 p.m. Saturday. The Columbus Astronomical Society will host veteran astrophotographer and CAS past-president Isaac Cruz to discuss the capture of data for astro-images and how to read a histogram, and will demonstrate the procedure for image processing by importing his own data using software. Coffee and donuts will be provided. For more information go to www.columbusastronomy.org.

Email your event to bklein@civitasmedia.com.

STRAND SHOW TIMES

Friday & Saturday

The Lego Batman Movie (PG): *2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fifty Shades Darker (R): *2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

The Space Between Us (PG-13): *2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Sunday

The Lego Batman Movie (PG): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Fifty Shades Darker (R): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

The Space Between Us (PG-13): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

*Saturday only

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year but some downtown businesses plan to kick-off the holiday this coming weekend.

Downtown customers can purchase gifts and sweets for their significant others. Among them include Coffeeology, which will sell mugs and decorative items for the occasion, and the Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., which has three different size custom boxes, two of which are heart-shaped, for customers to create an assortment of chocolates, candies and cheeses.

Baskets and trays are another option.

“We’re all about providing a custom experience,” said Mark Smiles, the owner of the gourmet cheese shop.

Following Main Street Delaware’s Chocolate Walk last Friday, Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln Ave., will have an all-chocolate festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 740-363-3611.

Downtown’s selection of venues to dine for the holiday include Opa Tavern and Grill, 18 S. Sandusky St., and 1808 American Bistro, 29 E. Winter St., which will be offering dinner specials for couples starting this weekend through Feb. 14.

On the entertainment side, the Strand Theatre will have 11 showings for the film “Fifty Shades Darker” during the weekend based on the popular erotic romance novel by E. L. James. There will also be a 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. showing on Valentine’s Day.

Though not directly in downtown, the Arena Fair Theatre invites couples for its “Absolutely, Mr. Lerner, Positively, Mr. Lowew,” musical revue. The event will feature a selection of music by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe from musicals such as Gigi, Brigadoon and Camelot. It takes place at Blend of Seven Winery, 1400 Stratford Road, 7 p.m. Saturday. For reservations or more information go to www.arenafair.com.

Have children? Ruffing Martial Arts, 12 Troy Road, will host children from ages 6-14 from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. It will feature video and physical games such as dodge ball and provide pizza and drinks. Registration is limited to the first 20. More information is at www.ruffingmartialarts.com.

But some businesses will focus their holiday efforts solely on Tuesday such as J. Gumbo’s, 9 N. Sandusky St., which will have local saxophone player, Jerry Carmon, perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Owner Richard Upton said he will have a special menu prepared for couples that day.

Mark Smiles poses with his Valentine’s Day-themed display at the Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., in downtown Delaware. Smiles’ business is among other downtown places that will be doing something special for the holiday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/02/web1_DSC_0019.jpgMark Smiles poses with his Valentine’s Day-themed display at the Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., in downtown Delaware. Smiles’ business is among other downtown places that will be doing something special for the holiday. Brandon Klein | The Gazette

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

WEEKEND GUIDE FEB. 10-12

• Family Fort Night, Ostrander Branch, 75 N. 4th St., 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Families are invited to build a fort in the library. It’s encouraged to bring supplies but some will be available.

• “Speakeasy on the Farm,” Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Road, 6:30 Saturday. This event from Preservation Parks of Delaware County explores how people got around prohibition from 1920 to 1933. The event will have a non-alcoholic, prohibition-era drink to sample with live music. Open to ages 18 and up. For more information go to www.preservationparks.com.

• “Getting Light From the Night,” Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike, Delaware, 8 p.m. Saturday. The Columbus Astronomical Society will host veteran astrophotographer and CAS past-president Isaac Cruz to discuss the capture of data for astro-images and how to read a histogram, and will demonstrate the procedure for image processing by importing his own data using software. Coffee and donuts will be provided. For more information go to www.columbusastronomy.org.

Email your event to bklein@civitasmedia.com.

STRAND SHOW TIMES

Friday & Saturday

The Lego Batman Movie (PG): *2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fifty Shades Darker (R): *2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

The Space Between Us (PG-13): *2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Sunday

The Lego Batman Movie (PG): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Fifty Shades Darker (R): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

The Space Between Us (PG-13): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

*Saturday only

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.