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Posted: February 9, 2016

Guide to love: Many splendid things to do on Valentine’s Day Weekend 2016

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2016 Maine Valentine's Day guide

A 2016 guide to Valentine’s Day events in Maine. Shutterstock image

Love is in the air! Be it music, dance, food or even burlesque, may your Valentine’s Day weekend be filled with happy things for you and your special someone. Single? No problem. All are welcome at this round-up of events.

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Beer Heart Chocolate at Allagash Brewing Company Courtesy photo

Beer Hearts Chocolate Event

6 to 8 p.m. February 14. Allagash Brewing Company, 50 Industrial Way,Portland. $15.
It’s a VIP tasting to benefit the Maine chapter of the American Heart Association. The $15 ticket includes a flight of Avance, St. Klippenstein, Victor and a chocolate to pair with each. You can also make your own valentines, pose for pics in the photo booth and listen to the acoustic tunes from Adam Waxman.

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2016 Valentine's Day Guide

Hot Chocolate Jubilee Cabaret at the Chocolate Church Arts Center on February 14 Shutterstock image

Hot Chocolate Jubilee Cabaret

2 p.m. February 14. Chocolate Church Arts Center, Curtis Room Annex, 798 Washington St. Bath. $15, $25 per couple.
Spend a romantic afternoon being serenaded by tunes celebrating love and friendship. You’ll hear love songs from Andy Barber, Alison Lee Freeman, Liz & Chris Lannon, Martin Swinger and other special guests including pianist Sean Fleming. Bring your sweetie and your sweet tooth because desserts and beverages will be available.

2016 Valentine's Weekend Guide

Vixens and Valentines Burlesque Show at the Chocolate Church on February 13. Shutterstock image

Vixens and Valentines Burlesque Show

7:30 p.m. February 13. Chocolate Church Arts Center,  798 Washington St. Bath. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $20 VIP seating.

Light a fire under your Valentine weekend with a naughty night of burlesque performed by Red Hot & Ladylike and Bath’s very own Wicked Burlesque dance troupes. There will also be a photo booth and silent actions to benefit the Chocolate Church. Adults beverages will be available and, as you can imagine, this night is for adults only.

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Maine Historical Society image of the Longfellow House as seen in 1903.

Maine Historical Society image of the Longfellow House as seen in 1903.

Love in the Longfellow House: Couples Guided Tour

6 to 7:30 p.m. February 11 & 12. 4 t0 5:30 p.m. & 6 to 7:30 p.m. February 13 & 14.Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Congress Street, Portland. $50 per couple ($40 per couple of MHS members). $25 singles, ($20 for MHS members) Singles night is Friday at 6 p.m.
Nothing says romance like turning back the clocks to 19th century courtship rituals that you’ll learn about on a love-themed tour of the historic Longfellow House. You’ll swoon hearing about the family’s many romances, heartbreaks, marriages and more including Henry’s honeymoon. Before the tour you’ll partake of locally-made chocolates from Haven’s Candies and will enjoy a glass of champagne or sparkling cider and you’ll be sent home with a reproduction print of a vintage valentine from the house’s collection along with roses from Harmon’s & Bartons.

2016 Valentine's Weekend Guide

“Petal and Poppy and the Mystery Valentine” author Lisa Jahn Clough will be at the Portland Public Library on February 14. Courtesy photo

Valentine Author’s Event with Lisa Jahn Clough

10:30 a.m. February 13. Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the  Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Free.
Local author Lisa Jahn Clough will read from her latest book in the Petal and Poppy series, “Petal and Poppy and the Mystery Valentine.” The reading will be followed by a demonstration about how a book is made and then you’ll all make your own valentines. Kids and families; this one’s for you!


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2016 Valentine's Weekend Guide

Love Stories at The Space Gallery Shutterstock image

Love Stories

7 p.m. February 14. The Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, free.
Gather one and all for a free community event at Space featuring six local writers. They”ll take turns reading their version of a “love story” while you and yours enjoy a hot beverage.

2016 Maine Valentine's Weekend Guide

Holly Danger’s Valentine’s Burlesque: A History of Love at Geno’s Rock Club Courtesy photo

Holly Danger’s Valentine’s Day Burlesque: A History of Love

8:30 p.m. Saturday. Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland. $12, 21-plus. 221-2382
This is not your mother’s Valentine’s day event but rather a walk on the wilder side of love. Holly Danger’s Valentine’s Burlesque show features risque and riveting performances by Amandaconda, Strange Beauty Bombshell, Narcissa Gold, Lexi GoGo, Wilhelm Rike, comedy by Connor McGrath and sexy video visuals by The P Sychologist.


2016 Maine Valentine's Weekend Guide

Lantz and Kargul Valentine’s Show on February 14. Shutterstock image

Valentine’s Day Lantz and Kargul: From Northern Lights to Southern Nights

2 p.m. Sunday, Chapel at Woodford’s Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. $22, $20 for seniors, free and subsidized tickets available for students 21 and under.
The Lark Society for Chamber Music and the University of Southern Maine School of Music cordially invite you for an afternoon of music by Portland String Quartet violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, Director of Keyboard Studies at USM. The duo will bathe your ears in romantic literature featuring the Sonata No. 3 by Edvard Grieg and works by Christian Sinding, Arvo Part and Astor Piazzolla among others. Lantz and Kargul are known for their passionate playing and engaging commentary so this promises to be a truly delightful afternoon of chamber music.

2016 Maine Valentine's Weekend Guide

John Hughes Radio is part of the Valentine’s Eve Prom lineup at Port City Music Hall Courtesy photo

Valentine’s Eve Prom

9 p.m. February 13. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $10 in advance, $15 day of show, 18-plus.
Three sensational acts will be providing the soundtrack at the Valentine’s Eve Prom at Port City Music Hall. It’ll be just like that famous scene in “Pretty in Pink” but with better fashion. Maybe. You’ll hear from John Hughes Radio, Sunset Hearts and Foam Castles. Come coupled or stag, it’s all good. What’s more,  polyester, Aquanet, dancing, power blue tuxedos, mullets, glitter, confetti, big hair and the like are all welcome. Mosart212 will be spinning dance music between bands and yep, you can step into the photo booth and strike a pose!

2016 Maine Valentine's Day weekend guide

For the Love of Art happens February 13 in Lewiston Courtesy photo

For the Love of Art: Lust, Passion, Companionship and Sweetness

4 to 7 p.m. February 13. Downtown Lewiston. Free. For the love of Art.
The Union of Maine Visual Artists Lewiston Auburn Chapter cordially invites you to stroll to four locations in downtown Lewiston. At each stop you’ll view art , enjoy refreshments and take in the sight and smell of themed floral arrangements from Sweet Pea Designs. The four locations are The Hive at Warehouse 550 at 550 Lisbon street, Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery at 140 Canal street, The Studio at 291 Lisbon street and L/A Arts at 221 Lisbon street. Highlights at the stops include chair massages, photo booths and chocolates.

Virtuoso Valentine show on February 14 in Portland. Shutterstock image

Virtuoso Valentine show on February 14 in Portland. Shutterstock image

Valentine Virtuosos Concert with Denny Breau, Tim Rice and Dave Bullard

3 p.m. February 14. CTN Studio, 516 Congress St., Portland. $10 Valentine Virtuoso.
Spend Valentine’s Day afternoon listening to the sound of three guitar whizzes in downtown Portland. The hot sounds of scintillating strumming from Denny Breau, Tim Rice and Dave Bullard will surely cure any winter blues you may have. Beverages and Valentine treats will be available for purchase.

Find even more Valentine’s Day events in our COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS

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