PANAMA CITY — You could order a singing valentine, attend a special workshop for couples to learn massage yoga techniques, share a painting day, or even climb a lighthouse under a full moon. And don’t forget the dinners, the dancing, the music and shows.
With all of the choices available, there’s no excuse for missing out on the romance of the day.
SEND A SINGING VALENTINE
The Gulf Tones Men’s Chorus is offering to surprise your sweetheart with a singing Valentine, including two songs by a barbershop quartet, a rose, a card and a photo. Cost is $35. To order a “delivery,” call 249-0589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: GulfTonesChorus.com
“The chorus has been here since 1970, singing in several different locations and events all around the area,” said Gulf Tones president and baritone Skye Cunniff. “We have 20 members and we stay busy. We sang for the Shriners and the Women’s Christian League recently. Probably the best thing we did was perform at the original 9-11 ceremony downtown.”
Cunniff joined the group in 1971 when a fellow U.S. Air Force captain asked him if he liked to sing and invited him to visit the new group.
“Ever since I was a little boy, I loved to sing,” Cunniff said. “I sang in a church choir. I sort of stopped singing after I got out of school.”
The chorus, part of the national Barbershop Harmony Society, is always interested in adding new voices. All tenor, melody, baritone and bass voices are needed, and learning CDs are provided. The group rehearses every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3701 W. State 390, Panama City.
“A lot of men think they can’t sing, but we know men everywhere like to sing,” Cunniff said, adding that he’s seen the evidence of men singing as they pass him in cars on the streets. “Harmony chapters provide a place for them to sing together.”
‘ONCE UPON A LOVE STORY’
The spring showcase by students and instructors of Dance Life Studio, “Once Upon a Love Story” is a dance tribute to your favorite music and fairy tales. It will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City.
Jay Holmes, owner of Dance Life Studio, invites the public to enjoy the show his students of all ages will perform — from Cha-Cha to Swing, and Ballroom to Salsa styles. “They have spent months perfecting their passions into beautiful performances,” he said.
Tickets are $25 per person, which includes access to the After Party, held at Studio 415, 415 Harrison Ave., where visitors will have the chance to meet the students and instructors and learn more about “the dance life.” A portion of the proceeds will go to the Butchikas Autism Foundation, based in Panama City Beach.
In addition, Dance Life Studio is offering a special Valentine’s Romance Package in honor of the date, 2/14/14 — which won’t spin around again for 100 years. For a cost of $214, new students will receive two tickets to “Once Upon a Love Story,” two passes to a VIP Candy Land after party, three private 1-hour lessons, and 2-for-1 glasses of wine during the lessons.
Details: call 215-4453, email email@example.com, or visit PCDanceLife.com
The celebration of love continues today and Saturday. Here are more highlights:
Members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association are preparing for a busy Valentine’s Day. According to the National Restaurant Association, about one-quarter of Americans will dine-out this Friday and through the weekend, making it the second most popular holiday for dining out after Mother’s Day.
If you’re still looking for a gift, the research shows that nearly one-third of American adults would like to receive a restaurant gift card as a Valentine’s Day gift. Given a list of six gift options, and asked which one they would most like to receive for Valentine’s Day, 31 percent of adults favored restaurant gift cards, followed by jewelry, clothing/apparel, flowers, chocolate and perfume/cologne.
- G Foley’s restaurant, 3214 W. 23rd St. in Panama City, offers to start the night right this Valentine’s Day with a special dinner for two priced at $100. Reservations are never required at G Foley’s, and call-ahead seating is available. Starting Feb. 17, G Foley’s will also be open for lunch. Details: GFoleys.com or 481-0354
- Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant offers half-price Dom Perignon for its dinner customers Friday only. Located on the waterfront at Grand Lagoon, the restaurant will open for diners at 4 p.m. today. The offer is limited to one bottle per table. Details: 234-2225 or CaptAndersons.com
- Valentine’s Day Dinner is 5:30 p.m. Friday at Kingfish Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Bay Point Wyndham Resort, 4114 Jan Cooley Drive in Panama City Beach. Dinner and dessert for two, including long-stem roses, wine or champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries, is only $99 per couple. Dine in style on fresh oysters and barbecue shrimp cocktail; tempt your taste buds on New Zealand lamb rack, crab stuffed grouper, or petit filet of beef and lobster claw. Reservations are required; seating is 5:30-9 p.m. Details and reservations: 236-6075 or BayPointWyndham.com
- Valentine’s Date Nite starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Somethin’s Cookin’, 93 E. 11th St., Panama City. Details and pricing: 769-8979
- Meanwhile, there’s still time to get a 25-percent discount on any drink at St. Andrews Coffeehouse, 1006 Beck Ave., Panama City. All this week (and ending Friday ), the shop has offered a drink discount to anyone who brings in a nonperishable food item for donation to the Catholic Social Services food pantry, or a signed Valentine’s Day card for the Bay County Council on Aging. Details: 769-3767. The shop is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
“Remember, you have to share the love to feel the love,” the shop owners said.
- Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 2401 Ruth Hentz Ave. in Panama City, is offering a Valentine’s special of five lessons for $14. Details: 873-6269 or FredAstairePanamaCity.com
- Valentine's Snowbird Dance Party is4-10 p.m. Friday at theBoardwalk Beach Resort, 9450 S. Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach. Admission is $28. Doors open at 4 p.m.; buffet will be served at 5 p.m.; dancing is 7-10 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Convention Center front desk. Details and tickets: 234-3484
- Superflirt is the name of the party at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach on Saturday. If you’re on your own this Valentine’s Day, just try to hold out for the largest singles party in the southeast, featuring special guest Playboy DJ KayJay in the Thunderdome, playing the hottest music from center stage. Expect to mingle with several thousand singles from all across the country, all of them sporting a green bracelet that will identify them as single and ready to participate. Details: ClubLaVela.com
MUSIC & MORE
- A&M Theatre, 563 Harrison Ave. in downtown Panama City, will host a little bit more raucous music festival opening at 8 p.m. Friday . Scheduled to perform are The Jerry Riddle, Common Family, Lakota Peyote (Screaming Tigers), and Lent. Entry for this all-ages show is $5. Details: Facebook.com/ArtAndMusicTheatre.
- Main Street Gallery of Art will have complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries available for those who partake in the all-day painting session, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday . Bring a friend, a Valentine, a family member — or come by yourself — and express your creativity.
Cost is $15 each (two for $20) for a 3-by-3-foot canvas (check with the gallery for prices on other canvas sizes). All painting supplies are provided. No formal instruction will be given, but an instructor will be available for limited assistance. Details: 258-2112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Cape St. George Lighthouse will host a Full Moon Climb 6-7:30 p.m. Friday on St. George Island. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will include light hors d’oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public; $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. Details: (850) 927-7745
- Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St. in Panama City Beach, will have a Valentines Pranassage Workshop 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. This three-hour session will introduce students to “a new creative synthesis of yoga and massage” that produces deep relaxation in the receiver. Participants will be guided through different flows and pressure assists that are accessible to all ages and body types.
This workshop is recommended for those with a significant other, but if you come alone you will be paired with another student or an instructor similar to your body type. Price is $35 per person or $25 if you sign up with a partner. Details: 866-2199, or email email@example.com
- Enjoy sultry vocals, and the smart and sexy lyrics of singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick during the Valentine to 30A show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Repertory Theatre in Seaside. Tickets are $25 each. Details: SeasideRep.org