Bon bons and roses are fine and dandy, but if you really want to impress your sweetie, your honey bunch, your main squeeze, well, then, you gotta start thinking outside the chocolate sampler box.
Lucky for you, Brevard has plenty of possibilities for making memories come Cupid’s big day. Here are a few to get those romantic little gray cells sparking.
Rolling on the (Indian) River
A cruise on the Med would be nice for Valentine’s Day, but just think of the damage to your wallet. The Indian River Queen offers a much more affordable (and closer) alternative for some canoodling by the water.
The Queen, decked out for Valentine’s Day, will sail off for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner cruise, with boarding beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Cocoa Village Marina, 90 Delannoy Ave., for a 7 p.m. voyage that includes shrimp cocktail and other hors d’oeuvres, dinner, desserts and champagne. Feast on New York strip with red wine sauce and Salmon Florentine and all the sides. Feed each other chocolate-covered strawberries as you enjoy the live entertainment by Lion Heart.
As a memento of your trip, the Queen thoughtfully provides a complimentary sweetheart boarding photo.
Cost is $85 per guest. Reservations are a must. Call 321-454-7414.
Lording it at the King Center
The Lords of 52nd. Street, the Big Apple’s favorite band, visits the King Center for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
With tickets ranging from $25 to $42.50, you will still have dough to go to dinner before the show.
The Lords, aka Doug Stegmeyer, Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors, and Richie Cannata, helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound as his recording and touring band and continue to delight audiences with legendary hits. “New York State of Mind,” “Only the Good Die Young,” and “Just The Way You Are.”
The band recorded and toured with Joel for over a decade. After a break and their 2014 hall of fame induction, The Lords of 52nd Street returned to performing in front of their legions of fans, who declare that The Lords’ live performances sound just like the original recordings with Billy Joel, if not better.
For tickets, call 321-242-2219 or visit kingcenter.com.
Days of wine and roses and strolls
Okay, this one is not on Valentine’s Day per se, but you do realize Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday and you can celebrate your love for one another any day you desire. If you want to stick with traditional Feb. 14th hoopla, go ahead, but also pencil in as a “romantic appetizer” the Champagne and Chocolate Sweethearts’ Sip & Stroll from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Historic Cocoa Village.
$25 admission fee includes a commemorative wine or beer glass and a souvenir shopping bag where you can store the bargains you will find that evening as you stop through unique shops open late just for the occasion. Each shop will provide complimentary wine tastings and appetizers.
Tickets are available at Ossorio Bakery & Café and online at Eventbrite.com. For more information, call 321-631-9075.
Lovers of wine, fine art, food and fashion can get an even earlier start as they stroll through downtown Titusville from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, sampling wines as they visit shops.
Purchase a wine tasting pass for $20 per guest or $30 per couple at the Welcome Center. The pass allows you to visit the 12 stops on the Wine Walk map. Enter the drawing to win a Date Night package including gift cards, theater tickets for two from the Titusville Playhouse, and a dozen red roses. Food trucks will provide the varied cuisine and you can dance to the live music.
For more information call 321-264-0777.
Share the love
You can’t buy love, particularly at the Share the Love Open House and Adoption Event hosted by the SPCA of Brevard from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 16. That day, the SPCA has waived adoption fees for dogs and cat more than six months old. From playful youngsters to sweet seniors, pets from the SPCA are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.
Enjoy shopping and food trucks while you discover the next love of your life. To preview the “snuggle bunnies” who could go home with you, visit spcabrevard.com.
For more information, call 321-567-3615.
It’s all about the ladies during Not Quite Right’s Galentine’s Day Event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The women of That’s What She Said, NQR’s all-female team, will put on a Leslie Knope-worthy hour-long comedy show, nicely wrapped around waffles and mimosas.
Cost is $25. Purchase tickets at nqrcomedy.com. Sorry, fellows, this is for ladies only.
Of course, every restaurant known to man will be open for Valentine’s Day, but while many just go with their regular menu, some tempt you with something unique.
At Chef Larry’s Café, 1111 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, Chef Larry Berkowitz has whipped up a prix fixe menu that includes delectably creamy She-Crab soup with tomato and sherry, a salad course, and choice of filet of beef with a shitake mushroom Madeira sauce, Main lobster, plus crab and shrimp strudel with Key Lime butter, coconut chicken breast with an apricot almond sauce and grilled lamb chops with a garlic mint jelly demi-glaze.
Cost is $25 per guest, or $31 if you add a decadent dessert. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 32-368-9123. For full menu, see cheflarrysspice.com.
Green Turtle Market’s Grapevine Café offers a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $69.99 with main entrée delights such as Macadamia nut-encrusted sea bass, broiled Florida Lobster tail and a Land & Sea special of petite broiled Florida lobster tail paired with pepper-crusted beef tenderloin.
For the full menu, see greenturtlemarket.com. Reservations are required. Call 321-773-2001.
You can start your Valentine’s Day celebrations early with the free wine tastings offered by the Turtle 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Chef Edmund Deleuil at Heidelberg Restaurant, 9 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach, is planning a four-course dinner accompanied by entertainment by Mark Hubrouck on the piano and songstress Sybil Gage on stage at the adjoining Heidi’s Jazz Club.
The special a la carte menu features entrees such as filet of Norwegian salmon, Angus filet, Chicken Rahm Schnitzel, among others.
For reservations, call 321-783-6806.
Candy is dandy, but beer is here at Playalinda Brewing Company’s Hardware Store, 305 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, where from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, you can continue your romantic reveling with a chocolate and craft beer pairing.
For more information, call 321-225-8978.
With a song in your heart
Declare your love in song, even if you can’t carry a tune, for the Harbor City Harmonizers, who do indeed sing gloriously well together, will deliver Singing Valentines Feb. 12 to 14. Nattily tuxedo-attired barbershop quartets will visit anywhere from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. those days to sing to your sweetheart, or groups of sweethearts, of your choice.
The gentlemen will thrill loved ones at home, work, school or restaurant with two love songs, plus a rose, a box of candy and a card from you. All you need to do is take the credit…and pay $45, or $60 if you want the quartet to arrive within 30 minutes of a specified time.
Proceeds from the Singing Valentines allow the Harmonizers, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, to support youth-in-harmony activities, such as Harmony Explosion, a camp that promotes a cappella singing.
To order, call 321-259-7953 or 321-727-3338.
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