Arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer’s tips to get through Valentine’s Day weekend |

Arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer’s tips to get through Valentine’s Day weekend

Amy Tirone, one of the owners of Tall Tulips flower shop in downtown Steamboat Springs, arranges flowers for a Valentines bouquet.
John F. Russell

— This weekend will be one of cozying up to loved ones, flowers delivered to the masses, and of course, lots of chocolate.

Yep, it’s that time of year again when the sight of red, pink and white is wrapped up in an endless frenzy of hearts and cheesy pick-up lines or poems.

Whether you will be spending the holiday single or with your “honey” and find yourself procrastinating on last minute gifts or plans, there is plenty going on this weekend to keep you busy.

If you’re looking to venture from the traditional fancy dinner date, choose something out of the ordinary and go see some live music and dance.

The Love and Harmony happy hour soiree will start at 6 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall on Friday and Saturday. The event, hosted by the Steamboat Chamber Singers, will include light appetizers, drinks and good music. Tickets are $35 per person from Chamber Singers or from All That.

Spice things up with Karma Wine Bar and Lounge’s Latin dance night beginning at 8 p.m. Friday with live music and a free dance lesson with Eva Luna.

Looking for a sit-down dinner and intimate concert venue? Make your reservation to see The Eroica Trio with Erika Nickrenz, Sara Parkin and Sara Sant’Ambrogio. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Space is limited so secure your seat soon.

Coming to Steamboat Springs all the way from Rochester, New York, is the reggae group, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. They’ll take the stage at Schmiggity’s at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Don’t have a date? That’s OK. There’s still plenty to do.

Less about Hallmark and more about the love, Sundance Studio offers a new approach to Valentine’s Day Saturday. The event is titled, “Anahata Amorè,” and involves an inspirational talk, yoga, wine, and yes, chocolate.

“At the end of the day, the love is what gets us through, supports us, inspires us, gives courage, gives strength, makes us smile and makes us sad,” yoga instructor Ellie McAtee explained.

The yoga portion of the event will be guided by Yalaya Renee with live music by Jeff Liffman. There also will be an hour of Kirtan led by Valerie D’Ambrosia. The event is $30 for pre-sign up or $35 at the door. Call 970-819-9275 or go online to to reserve a spot.

Looking for more zen to help you through the weekend?

On Sunday, the Strings Music Pavilion will host a Yoga Grove event starting at 10 a.m. with live music from DJ Jeff Liffmann. All levels are welcome, and teachers will be Jenny Gabriel and Jill Barker. Cost is $20 for those who pre-register and $25 on day of the event.

Still looking for a gift still?

Aside from the flower shops in town like Tall Tulips, Alpine Floral & Atrium and Steamboat Floral & Gifts — you can give that sweetheart of your’s a “Violin-A-Gram.”

Professional Steve Vaughan will deliver a long-stem rose and perform two selections on the violin at a person’s office, home or restaurant in the Steamboat Springs area. He asks $65 for his services. Give him a call at 970-367-6037.

Don’t want a night out at a restaurant? Have a romantic night in, and don’t forget the candles.

If you want to get extra cheesy — because you can on Valentine’s Day — make heart-shaped food.

For example, heart-shaped pizza is easy and delicious or use heart-shaped mozzarella for a Valentine’s Day Caprese salad. For those scrambling and unsure of what to cook, I have one word for you: Pinterest.

No matter what you choose to do, remember this: it’s the thought that counts.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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