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Romance, chocolates now Valentine's Day trademarks

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2008-02-07

Love is in the air, and by next Thursday, it should pretty much permeate everything as Valentine’s Day takes over hearts—and stomachs—of romantics everywhere.

It’s the day when love and impetuous behavior overtake men and women the world over, showering each other with sweetheart cards, flowers, chocolates, and of course…romantic dinner invitations. For a day that nobody really knows how it began, Valentine’s Day has become much more than a tradition.

Valentine’s Day means more than one billion mushy, romantic cards being mailed and hand delivered around the world. It’s the most romantic day of the year, where stores generate 16% of their annual chocolate sales, and when flower shops have the busiest day of the year, most notably in red roses. Here on Okinawa, Valentine’s Day will be no exception. Across the island, and on all the bases, specials of one sort or another are being offered up.

If you can’t get into the romantic spirit with all that’s available, you could be labeled as a ‘baah! Humbug!’ person. Knowing that’s not your intent, pick and choose where to take that special person for a day, or an evening, of romantic spirited fun.

Consider taking Cupid’s Challenge at the Kinser Surfside Club. A spinoff of the Newlywed Game, winners will find themselves jetting off to Hong Kong, courtesty of China Airlines. The five-course Valentine’s Dinner is $25 per person, a gourmet evening with everything from pastry puffs filled with salmon mousse to Candied Apple Shrimp to the Hot Tub of Love, a dessert that you’ll have to experience to appreciate. Main course choices are Scaloppini of Chicken Diane, or a tender beef filet au poivre.

The Navy’s White Beach Ocean Cliff Club and Camp Shield’s Crow’s Nest Club are offering a Valentine’s dinner special, a combination rib eye steak and shrimp scampi. Dinner for two is $27.

Kadena’s 18th Services Squadron is making it easy to be in love this next week. Kadena ITT is offering a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise 6~10 p.m., while the Rocker NCO Club hosts a Valentine’s Day dinner 5~9 p.m. Cost is $50 per couple. On tap are charbroiled filet mignon and jumbo grilled shrimp with stuffed baked potatoes, fresh steamed broccoli with cheese sauce, and homemade ice cream balls dipped in rich chocolate, then rolled in toasted pecans before being served with whipped cream and candy kisses. Absolutely decadent!

Okuma Resort is featuring a Tropical Romance Getaway February 15th through 18th, plus a Cupid’s King Crab Night at Okuma’s Surfside Restaurant at 5 p.m. February 17th. The three-night stay in a cabana comes complete with a box of chocolates and champagne, a steak and lobster dinner with dessert for two, to be enjoyed while being serenaded by live violin music.

Schilling Community Center will have its Valentine Social beginning at 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The Teen Center will have a Valentine’s Day Hip Hop Dance 8~11 p.m. on Saturday the 16th.

Dinner theater comes to the Kadena Officers’ Club on Saturday the 16th, a gourmet dinner and a musical comedy all wrapped into one. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!” is being presented by the Pacific Okinawa Players. Tickets are $60 per couple for members, and $80 per couple for non-members. Tickets are on sale through February 10th.

Awase Meadows Restaurant isn’t to be outdone, offering a Valentine’s Day Evening Romance, a succulent filet mignon, New York strip or rib eye steak dinner for only $23.95 per person. Ladies receive a special treat as the evening gets under way at 7 p.m. Thirsty’s on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma will get into the romantic scene as well, offering free chocolates and a rose to the first 60 ladies. Thirsty’s is open to E-5’s and below.

Banyan Tree and Chibana Golf Courses want to share the romantic spirit as well, with a Valentine’s Day Couples Tournament on February 10th. Registration for the two-person scramble must be accomplished by February 9th. Registration is $15 per couple, plus greens fee. The two golf courses are also offering 10~30% discounts on select items in the pro shops during this weekend.

Bowlers can tune in to Emery Lanes and join in a Scotch Doubles Tournament beginning at 6 p.m. on February 16th. Each team must have one male and one female bowler for the 9 Pin No Tap. For those wanting to escape those surly bonds of earth, the Aero Club is offering a Valentine’s Day Flight Special. Each $60 flight will accommodate up to three people.

Lest we forget…the legend. The most popular belief on Valentine’s origin dates to the days of the Roman Empire, where Claudius II, a mean-spirited emperor, decreed that only single men be permitted in the military, and that marriage was outlawed. Well, boys being boys, a priest, Saint Valentine defied the emperor’s order, and married secretly married some young lovers. Tossed into prison and sentenced to death for his defiance, Valentine took things one step farther, sending the first Valentine’s Card to a young girl. That girl was believed to have been his jailor’s daughter who visited Saint Valentine before his execution. He reportedly signed the card ‘From your Valentine’, an expression still being used by countless romantics even today.

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