Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’ve yet to make plans, now’s the time to do so. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your sweetheart celebrate the most romantic time of the year:
• Sing your Valentine’s praises with a special delivery by the Appalachian Express Chorus. On Feb. 14, the all-male barbershop harmony group will dispatch quartets to homes and workplaces across the Tri-Cities to deliver singing Valentines, an annual fund-raiser for the chorus. Recipients of these singing Valentines are presented a card, a rose and an a cappella rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by a quartet of chorus members dressed in tuxedos for the occasion. Cost is $35, and orders will be accepted right up until Valentine’s Day. To place an order or for more information, call the Harmony Hotline at (423) 384-9992 or visit www.appalachianexpresscho rus.org .
• Treat your Valentine to “A Grand Night of Singing,” Broadway’s tribute to the musical genius of famed composers Rodgers and Hammerstein. Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s production of the Tony-nominated musical runs through Feb. 17, with performances at 7:30 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m., Sundays. Tickets are $14 general admission and $12 for students and seniors.
The show features over 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest hits from the musicals “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” “Cinderella” and “Oklahoma!”
Amp up the romance with JRT’s Valentine Package for two, available for the Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 evening performances. Cost is $70 per couple and includes a four-course meal at either The Dining Room or Bomba’s Fresh Italian restaurant in historic Jonesborough, followed by VIP reserved seating for JRT’s 7:30 p.m. performance. Restaurant seating times are between 5:30 and 6 p.m. A deluxe package is available for $120 and includes a half-dozen roses and box of chocolates from Earth & Sky Confectioners in addition to dinner and the show.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010 or online at www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.
For more information about the show, call JRT at (423) 791-4440 or visit www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.
• 88.3 WCQR Radio will present its sixth annual Night of Love and Laughter, featuring comedian Ron Pearson, at 7 p.m., Feb. 8 at Celebration Church in Blountville.
Pearson has appeared on several television sitcoms, including “That 70s Show,” “The George Lopez Show” and “The Drew Carey Show.” His first comedy special earned him three Telly Awards, and his second DVD set off his national “Apostles of Comedy” tour.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Kingsport and Johnson City Lifeway stores as well as the WCQR studio in Gray. For more information, visit www.wcqr.org.
• Satisfy your significant other’s sweet tooth and help a good cause at the same time by attending the 2013 Chocolate Festival, happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 9 at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.
Ticket holders can sample chocolate sweets and treats from more than 30 local restaurants and businesses, including Applebee’s, Panera Bread, The Cake Gallery, Pizza Hut and more. In addition to dozens of chocolate desserts, guests can enjoy local music and entertainment, browse the silent auction and be a part of the first-ever Northeast Tennessee Chocolate Festival Pageant.
Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased online or at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Sam’s Club Optical Center in Johnson City and at all area Shoney’s restaurants. Admission is $20 at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction items and the pageant will benefit Make-A-Wish East Tennessee and enable the foundation to grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions.Visit www.wishetn.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
• The City of Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Cupid’s Cornhole Tourney on Feb. 9 at the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex.
Gift cards from area restaurants such as Cheddar’s, Stir Fry Café, Biggie’s Clam Bar, Beef O’ Brady’s and Applebee’s will be up for grabs at the competition, which gets under way at 1 p.m. in the gym. Doubles will compete in the Couples Group, and singles will battle it out in the Lonesome Hearts Group.
Cost to participate is $5 per person, and pre-registration is encouraged by Feb. 8.
Call Tommy Wolterman at (423) 224-2489.
• Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the littlest loves in your life by catching a performance of Kingsport Theatre Guild’s “Pinkalicious — The Musical,” based on the best-selling children’s books by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann.
Show times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Feb. 9 and 2 p.m., Feb. 10 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center.
Tickets are $12 and are available by calling (423) 392-8427 or online at www.kingsporttheatre.org.
• Looking to spend Valentine’s Day with your gal pals? Jonesborough will offer a Ladies Valentine’s Day Tea beginning at 10 a.m., Feb. 14 at the International Storytelling Center in historic Jonesborough.
Guests will enjoy a variety of savory teas complimented by light refreshments and a storytelling performance by Jonesborough’s resident storyteller and tour operator, Linda Poland, inside the Center’s parlor. A special downtown shopping coupon book will also be given to each guest who attends.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010.
• Nashville tunesmith Phil Vassar will put audiences in the mood when he performs “Love is a Wonderful Thing” and his catalog of other hit singles during a Valentine’s Day performance at Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts. Canadian band High Valley will open the 7:30 p.m. show.
A native of Lynchburg, Va., Vassar was wracking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career. “She’s Right on the Money” (covered by Alan Jackson), “I’m All Right” (Jo Dee Messina) and “My Next Thirty Years” and “For a Little While” (both recorded by Tim McGraw) are just a few of the songs Vassar penned and other artists have taken to the top of the charts.
Tickets are $25 and are available by calling the Paramount box office at (423) 274-8920 or the Viking Hall Box Office at (423) 764-4171). Tickets are also available online at www.etix.com.
• LampLight Theatre in Fall Branch will premiere its newest theatrical production, “Imanol’s Epiphany,” on Feb. 14 with a special evening dinner theatre performance.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the buffet meal — consisting of hors d’oeuvres, croissants, fruit, cheeses and desserts — served promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the buffet and performance is $20 per person; suggested donation for just the show, which begins at 7:15 p.m., is $8 for adults and $5 for children 6 and younger.
Told in “Cirque du Soleil” fashion, “Imanol’s Journey” uses costuming, set design, lighting, puppetry and inspirational music to bring to life the story of Imanol, who is called upon by The Father to look upon the world. Audiences will experience the creation of the world through the fall of mankind and, in the Kingdoms of the Magi, discover just how far man has fallen from God’s intended purpose. When all hope seems lost, LampLight’s mesmerizing original account ends with Imanol’s great epiphany.
Additional performances will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 15; 2 and 7 p.m., Feb. 16; and 3 p.m., Feb. 17. Doors open one hour prior to performances. Admission is a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for children 6 and younger; special rates are available for groups of 20 or more.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling the LampLight box office at (423) 348-7610 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.lamplighttheatre.com.
• Jazz vocalist Kelle Jolly and her saxophonist husband Will Boyd, together with their band, will treat audiences to “An Evening of Cool Jazz” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16 at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit www.greenevillenpac.com.