Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Feb 12, 2014
Even my dogs got a Valentine's Day present.

I know the Valentine’s Day issue of The Guide is coming out only a couple of days before the big day, but I’m sure if you are like me, (big time procrastinator) you still haven’t firmed up your plans. In that case, we are here to help. Haywood has plenty of entertainment planned whether you are looking for a romantic date setting or somewhere to celebrate your singleness.

Some years Matt and I prefer to stay home with wine, cheese and a good movie, but this year we’ve decided to be a little more social. We will be at Eve Haslam’s jazz show and Valentine’s dinner Feb. 15 at the Classic Wineseller. I’m looking forward to the amazing four-course meal planned as well as the Streisand vocal stylings of Ms. Haslam. If you were lucky enough to get tickets before they sold out, we will see you there. If not, no worries — you still have plenty of options.

See page 8 for special Valentine’s dinners at The Herren House Bed & Breakfast, Laurel Ridge Country Club and Frogs Leap Public House. If you are looking for something different, Frog Level Brewing will have The Mixx performing on Feb. 14 and Love Medicated performing Feb. 15.

If you are wanting a romantic movie, The Strand at 38 Main will be showing one of my personal favorites, “Romeo + Juliet” starring Leonardo DiCaprio (swoon) and Claire Danes on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

See page 8 for more ideas on how to spend the holiday with your significant other, spouse, kids or by yourself.

I have to thank my freelancers for providing some great Valentine’s pieces this week. Michelle Bacallao supplied me with some great movie option lists and Fay Grant spent several hours with Kay and Richard Miller, owners of the Wineseller, to be able to give us some wine advice. (I know it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it).

The girls in the newsroom and I have been discussing our VD plans for a couple of weeks trying to decide on cheap and romantic things we can do for our men. Shelby has decided to get to her boyfriend’s heart through his stomach — she’ll be making a heart-shaped meatloaf for dinner.

Since Matt and I love music, I’ve decided to make him a special CD of love songs that have special meaning for us. I’ll put it in his CD player in his car along with a sweet note so he will have a nice little surprise and something to listen to on his way to work that day. And I can say this with certainty that he never reads my columns!

DeeAnna said she plans on making her Matthew a sweet card and love coupons. And here’s a sweet suggestion for the guys — last year Matthew got heart-shaped candies and an edible marker so he could write his own sweet messages on them for DeeAnna.

I can tell you one of the sweetest things Matt does for me is to clean my car inside and out. It may not sound very romantic to you, but if you have seen my car (which I practically live out of) you would know how sweet that gesture is. But my best Valentine’s Day present from Matt was a Build-a-Bear.

Just the thought of him standing in line with a bunch of kids at the mall to build me a stuffed bear makes me giggle. Then he went a step above that by adding a voice box in the bear so every time I squeeze it, I can hear Matt singing “Something” by The Beatles. I know, be jealous, very jealous!

Whatever you end up doing, I hope every one has a great weekend with plenty of love, chocolate and fun.

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