Earth-friendly Valentine's celebrations in Connecticut
Valentine's weekend: 1. Putnam - Fire and Ice fest: February 11. Downtown Putnam will boast ice sculptures, horse and carriage rides, live music, ice luminarias, fire torches, fire dancing performances, fantastic food, live entertainment and as they say, much more. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2. Willimantic - Romantic Willimantic 13th Annual Chocolate Festival: February 11. Organizer say, "The day begins with the Cupid Made Me Run road race, followed by special chocolate themed events at various businesses and venues around the town; including a cake contest, music and much more." 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3. Milford - Valentine's storytime, Feb. 11 - Barnes and Noble. This is not only fun but education and cultural riches for all ages. (Want to pull Tommy away from texting for an hour? It might make an impact for years to come!) Don't want to leave the kiddos out of a good time. Besides, who loves you more? 1375 Boston Post Rd., 11 a.m. 4. Fairfield - OK, this isn't an actual event, but this writer's recommendation: just stroll through the middle of town, stopping for a cappuccino at the belovedly funky cafe, Las Vetas Lounge. Whether you are looking for a good used book to read while you wait for your egg & cheese or want to play checkers with your bff, this is the spot. I've visited before seeing my oral surgeon across the street and I swear, it's consistently lowered my anxiety. Spiffy atmosphere and exceptional service. 5. Bristol: Family Sunday Victorian Valentines, Feb. 12, New England Carousel Museum. The organizers tout that you'll create a Victorian Valentine, participate in crafts and tour the museum. Oh yes, ride the gorgeous carousel. Family fun and hey, maybe Mom and Dad can catch a minute of romance while Johnny and Jane are on the horsies.