How Else Are You Going To Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day. Pain in the ass, ain’t it?

You gotta take your sweetie out to dinner, and it has to be a nice place with silverware and napkins. No McDonald’s. Expensive. And crowded, because everybody will be taking their sweetie out to dinner.

And you gotta buy flowers, which are just gonna die in a week. And you gotta buy chocolates, which the kids are just gonna eat. And you gotta get ’em a nice trinket, which they will forget about in a few months. It’s just a pain in the ass.

But what if I told you that you could take your honey-bunny out for an evening at a classy joint with drinks and desserts and live music and art and the admission price is all going to help a worthy cause?

Yeah, I know. I’m the greatest. You’re welcome.

12122954_1050261881685575_4606737376203742046_nSign up now for “Art for Sweethearts,” an art show and fundraiser for the Center for Autism Education. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Foundry Art Centre on Main Street in St. Charles. For a mere $25 per person you can enjoy an evening of drinks, desserts, fine art and music by the Bill Roemer band.

You can also spring for VIP tickets for $50 each that includes an after-party at Q on Main Street.

In addition to the Foundry’s usual collection of artwork there will be several pieces on display by people from the CAE. There will be silent and live auctions to purchase art.

If you feel the need to eat something substantial before spending 3 hours eating chocolates and drinking wine, the Winery of the Little Hills — just down the road from the Foundry — has partnered for the event. Eat dinner there beforehand and a percentage of the bill will benefit the center.

This just gets better and better, doesn’t it? And did I mention that I will be there?

Now on the offhand chance that I have not suitably enticed you with chocolates, alcohol, art, live music, dinner and the chance to spend part of your Valentine’s weekend with me, I’m bringing out the big gun.


My wife has chained my son to the kitchen table for the past two weeks making him paint anything she can get her hands on just so you can purchase your very own Andrew Roy Original at this event (Just kidding, he loves to paint). Give your loved one an authentic, one-of-a-kind, holiday ornament, wine glass, or how about a nice vase to put those Valentine’s Day flowers in? We’ve thought of everything.

In fact, if you have a special order, he can probably paint it in the next 5 days.

So, let’s sum up, shall we?

  • Dinner — covered.
  • Chocolates — covered.
  • Alcohol – covered.
  • Classy venue — covered.
  • Valuable gift to make your sweetie love you even more — covered
  • That warm feeling you get when you’ve done something to help others — covered. And that’s not normally part of the Valentine’s Day routine. Bonus!

Now that that’s settled, I look forward to seeing you on Friday.





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