Red is the Color of Love’s Day is fast-approaching, yay!!  Or perhaps, more realistically, you’re feeling ambivalent about it.  Yes, it’s a holiday devoted to all things lovey and pink and fluffy, but, maybe it feels a bit commercial, and one might become overwhelmed by all the “being marketed-to.”  Then there’s the pressure of planning the perfect date, at the perfect restaurant, and choosing the perfect gift…  The pressure alone can really kill all of the inherent romance.  And if you’re single, well…

I was newly single last Valentine’s Day, and decided to have a few drinks with some other single friends rather than hang out at home.  Perhaps we’d even meet some other single folks out and about on V-Day.  At our first destination, we were met with hanging paper hearts and couples draped over eachother, and we didn’t last long.  Same deal at the next locale, at which point, we gave up.  A rather disappointing Valentine’s Day all in all.  But I think we were missing the point to begin with.  V-Day could be a day to celebrate all of the loving relationships in your life, and honor your true friends, devoted parents or children who’ve made you proud, brothers or sisters who offer you support when you need it, and of course the furry pals who are always happy to see you (or indifferent, if they’re cats).  Gift some baked goods, send a card, make a gesture of appreciation for all the folks that mean something to you.  This year, I plan to do Valentine’s Day right!  And, I’ve started by making an ode to Valentine’s Day, in treasury list form.  All red; crimson, scarlet, cherry, and wine as-interpreted by Etsy sellers. Sunday is Local is for Lovers, a fair in Somerville, MA at Arts at the Armory.  It promises to be quite the extravaganza, with local craft beers, local food, live music and a load of vendors.  I think it’ll be a ton of fun, and can’t wait!  It’s Sunday, Feb 10th, from 11 to 5 PM at 191 Highland Avenue.  Hope you can make it, and get a good start to your Valentine’s Day!


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