Keep it sweet and keep it local with some special Valentine's Day events coming up in the villages of Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor.
Where/When: on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.
Why go: Hershey Story Museum Chocolate Lab Instructor Ann McFadden is coming to Briarcliff Manor for two special chocolate and truffle-making sessions at Holbrook Cottage. The workshop will explore the differences between West African, Mexican and Java chocolates, all in a hands-on environment. At the end of the second day, you will have your own truffles packaged in a ballotin for your special valentine. There will also be a wine and chocolate pairing.
Where/When: on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Why go: Pleasantville's local winery is hosting its annual chocolate and wine pairing for the romantic holiday. It's a perfect opportunity to enjoy locally-produced products with that special someone. You can taste up to four wines for free, five to eight wines for $5 or a full flight, which includes a wine glass, for $10. The winery also plans to release its new Black Muscat dessert wine.
Pricing: Free to $10, depending on number of wines
Where/When: on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Why go: The bakery's owner, Denise Treco, will be leading a workshop on how to create fun and flirty cupcakes for Valentine's Day. The class will include how-tos for using pastry bags, tips, fondant, sugar flowers, edible glitter and other decorating tools. Everyone will take home six cupcakes. There is a $5 discount if you register with a friend.
Where/When: y on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
Why go: Enjoy a romantic afternoon of music with mezzo-soprano Phyllis Fay Farmer and pianist Emily Olin. The duo will perform a recital featuring songs by Purcell, Haydn, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.
Valentine Dinner Dance
Where/When: on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Why go: Enjoy an open bar, cocktail hour and four course dinner for Valentine's Day. A DJ will play music all night long. The prix-fixe menu includes everything. Advanced reservations required by calling 769-5010.
Create a Valentine
Where/When: on Friday, Feb. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Why go: First and second graders will have an opportunity to create a personalized valentine with friends, as well as enjoy a pizza dinner. Each participant will also decorate a cookie to take home.