“If music be the food of love, play on,” William Shakespeare wrote in “Twelfth Night.”
And with Valentine’s Day coming up, the Rye area becomes a moveable feast of V-Day events for the young and the young at heart.
How do we love the ways you can enjoy Valentine’s around Rye?
With apologies to Emily Dickinson, let us count the ways, from cupcakes to oysters to overnight stays:
The Rye Free Reading Room offers a Valentine Cupcake Decorating Challenge Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for kids ages 4 and up. The library’s Auxiliary Board is sponsoring the event, which will award prizes to those with the best cupcakes.
For more information: call 914-231-3162.
The Y offers a “Make Your Own Valentine” session on Monday, Feb. 14 that is complete with sprinkles and other decorative touches. The event is recommended for ages 3 to 8, is free for Y members and takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information: call 914-967-6363.
The RAC also offers its own Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Card program with a workshop for kids ages 6 and up on Feb.12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The event cost $15 and parents are welcome.
For more information: call 914-967-0700.
The are more adult-oriented Valentine’s events in the area, from Purchase Street and Forest Avenue to Anderson Road in Rye Brook:
The full service organic restaurant will have lots of heart-shaped pastries, including Linzer Torte cookies and a raspberry tort for two, according to general manager Patty Blank.
The eatery, which specializes in vegan and organic foods, is offering a 10-percent discount to couples on Valentine’s Day.
If you want a romantic meal, these three Pearl Group Restaurants downtown are stocking up on oysters—that well-known aphrodisiac. So is the Rye Country Store.
Perhaps the area’s best French restaurant, La Panetiere will offer a special Valentine’s Day themed-menu from Feb. 11 – Feb. 15 featuring pan-fried oysters, lobster bisque and surf ’n’ turf, among other options. There also will be a special Valentine Day’s lunch on Feb. 14. Ask about the chocolate heart of gold.
Options for Rye Pizza Lovers
Virtually right across the street from La Panetiere is & Ice Cream, where Pablo will make you a heart-shaped pizza on request on Valentine’s Day. Does Pablo have a last name? “Picasso,” dead-panned the manager when asked. “We’re all pizza artists around here.”
also will make a heart-shaped pizza on request on Valentine’s Day. will make a “Heartaroni” featuring a heart-shaped pie with pepperoni toppings. Al Dente will throw in a free zeppole with a $30 dinner order.
Options for Valentine’s Desserts
Corner Stone will make lots of heart-shaped cakes and cookies, as will on Purchase Street while will make you a heart-shaped ice cream with two different flavors if given 48 hours notice.
The hotel and conference center offers a V-Day package for overnight stays, so sweethearts can enjoy the holiday in a romantic setting.
R& M offers everything from gem-encrusted baby rattles to pearl-shaped necklaces as Valentine’s Day treats. They are also staging a special Valentine’s event today and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. featuring a Mikimoto display of some of the finest pearl necklaces made.
The pet store has just about everything you may want to buy for that special cat, dog or other pet in your life. There is a special Valentine’s display of pet specialties. And if you don’t see what you or Fido wants, just ask the manager.
If you’re looking to get a non-traditional Valentine’s bouquet, you may want to stop by YL Event Design. The floral boutique says romantic men are passing up the traditional dozen roses for more sophisticated floral bouquets for that special someone. “They’re more into purples and burgundies and mixing it up floral-wise,” says Yoli La Guerre, the boutique’s owner.
And for the second hand roses, Renee Drummond, owner of Rhythm in Rye, is offering a 10-percent discount on all items on Valentine’s Day—and free hugs every day.
If you want to go for chocolate heart-shaped valentine candy boxes, Candy Rox is right across the street from Rhythm in Rye. The store gives new meaning to that “Life is like a box of chocolates” line from the movie “Forrest Gump.” Ask about the passionate chocolate kisses made by Norman Love Confections, and yes, Love is his real last name.
That’s a baker’s dozen of Valentine’s events, with a few more thrown in for good measure. How sweet that all is! And may you and your sweetie enjoy Cupid’s holiday.