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A Day to Love

Article Published: Feb. 9, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 15, 2012
A Day to Love

Even if it’s not exactly on Feb. 14, everyone should take a break from the grind and spend some time with their Valentine.

Let the professionals handle the food and entertainment and enjoy a night, or day, out with that special someone. The Mountain Times is taking even more work off the plate by compiling a list of things to do around the High Country on or around Valentine’s Day.

Music for Romantics

Preface Valentine’s Day with a concert of romantic masterpieces performed by the Appalachian Philharmonia. The Feb. 12 event takes place at 2 p.m. in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. The Philharmonia, comprised of faculty and student musicians, will explore a range of musical emotions when they perform works by Bedrich Smetana, Miklos Rozsa and Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. For more information, visit or call (828) 262-3020.

After a lovely dinner with your sweetie, head over to Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall for An Evening of Valentine’s Jazz. The free performance begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14. Saxophonist Todd Wright will be accompanied by guitarist Andy Page, bassist Zach Page and drummer Rick Dilling, as well as special guest pianist Lovell Bradford of Charlotte.The program will feature well-known jazz compositions, such as “But Not for Me” by George and Ira Gershwin and “My Funny Valentine” by Rogers and Hart. For more information, visit or call (828) 262-3020.

Busy on Valentine’s Day? Get down with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Asheville-based funk band and Lady and the Krunk will steam up Legends, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 for ASU students when purchased in advance and $8 for students and guests at the door.

Attendees with a valid ID can bring their own beer, up to a six-pack limit. Legends is located at 190 Hardin St. in Boone. For more information, visit or
Leading up to Valentine’s Day, The Night Club at Paolucci’s is hosting a Valentine’s Dance Party Feb. 11, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The evening features music from VJ Justin Allen, along with $2 Love Potion Shooters, $2 Miller Lites, $4 Sex on the Beach drinks and $5 Jack and Cokes. Ladies 21 and older get in free, but Valentines must be 18 or older to attend. Paolucci’s is located at 783 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

Sweet Eats

It’s Dinner for Two...Or a Few at 1861 Farmhouse. The restaurant welcomes you to bring your honey and your friends on Saturday for a special Valentine dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The six-course meal features a choice of fresh N.C. mountain trout, cranberry pork tenderloin medallions, their original chicken cabernet or vegetarian lasagna. The cost is $95 per couple or $50 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, visit or call (828) 963-6301.

Café Portofino is catering to couples who would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day early by running holiday food specials from Feb. 11 through Feb. 14. Entrees include sirloin Oscar style, Shrimp Pasta Inferno and encrusted chicken breast over red potato hash. The restaurant is also offering champagne split specials for $4.50 and half-priced house wine bottles. Reservations are being accepted. Café Portofino is located at 970 Rivers St. in Boone. For more information, visit or call (828) 264-7772.

Enjoy a healthy meal at the Valentine’s Day Potluck, co-sponsored by VegBoone and Boone Raw Food Community. The meal starts at 6 p.m. at the Watauga County Library. Sweethearts are welcome to create a dish and join their fellow vegan friends in a delicious and compassionate feast. Items should be able to serve 6 to 8 people and should not contain meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey. For more information, email (

Find a classy meal and music at the Green Park Inn’s Laurel Room on Valentine’s Day. Starting at 6 p.m., a special three-course prix fixe dinner, which includes wine, will be served. The Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio will provide entertainment. Dinner reservations are required. Romantic Valentine’s Day room packages are also available at the Green Park Inn. The Green Park Inn is located at 9239 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit or call (828) 414-9230.

Vidalia will have five courses to love on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu is prix fixe, and the cost is $55 per person. Reservations are strongly suggested. Vidalia is located at 831 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, visit or call (828) 263-9176.

A tasty, but affordable Valentine’s Day dinner is available at Galileo’s Bar & Cafe at 8 p.m. Drinks and music will be included in the $25 per person price. Seating is limited, so reserving a table is recommended. Galileo’s is located at 1087 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 865-9591 or email (

Crippen’s Country Inn in Blowing Rock is open for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m on Feb. 14. An a la carte menu will be served. Reservations are suggested. Crippen’s is located at 239 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit or call (828) 295-3487.

A four-course meal and champagne toast awaits couples dining at Char. Dinner will be served on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Char is located at 179 Howard St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 266-2179.

Louisiana Purchase sets the mood with a helping of Valentine’s jazz, courtesy of The Lucky Strikes. This musical dinner runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. Reservations, however, are preferred, and those interested should call (828) 898-5656 or (828) 963-6788. Louisiana Purchase is located at 397 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk.

Other Hearty Activities

Buy a sweetheart and support FARM Cafe by attending the Hungry Hearts Art Auction on Feb. 11 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. Starting at 6 p.m., a silent auction opens for 8-inch wooden hearts painted or decorated by well-known area artists. A live auction also takes place at 6:30 p.m. Beverages will be available for purchase and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 170 Councill St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 963-6511 or visit

Mountain Times editor Frank Ruggiero will receive a pleasant gift on Valentine’s Day – a kiss from a pig! Ruggiero and other community members are participating in the High Country United Way’s Big Pig Kiss-Off Challenge 2 at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of Wells Fargo in Boone. There will be free Valentine’s goodies for everyone. Hambo the Rambo of Pork will be all smiles.

Have fun with the holiday by playing Chocolate B-I-N-G-O at the Watauga County Library on Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate. Winners will receive delicious prizes. The Watauga County Library is located at 140 Queen St. in Boone. For more information, visit or call (828) 264-8784.

Take a day trip Saturday and head to the Valentine’s Day Party hosted by the Hickory Crawdads, the area’s only minor league baseball team. The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium. Free popcorn and $1 hotdogs and drinks will be available. Families can meet Conrad the Crawdad, play in the bounce house, test their arm with speed pitch and check out discounted retail items. L.P. Franz Stadium is located at 2500 Clement Blvd NW in Hickory. For more information, visit or call (828) 322-3000.

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