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Top Five: Alternative Valentine’s Day Dates in Portland

Posted on February 10, 2015 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

By: Kristin Ouellette

1.) “80 Shades of Awesome” at Port City Music Hall on Congress Street

Time to pull out your mom’s old pumps and rummage through thrift shops for a pair of legwarmers – and leather pants, if you so choose. Grab your significant other  or friends and come dance away at Port City Music Hall  with The Awesome, presenting “80 Shades of Awesome.”- a parody of the popular novel “50 Shades of Grey.” Hailing from Portland, these performers are guaranteed to resurface everything you loved about the 80’s (or what you imagine the 80s to have been like!)

2.) Couples Guided Tour at Wadsworth-Longfellow house on Congress Street

Many couples feel great warmth from being able to learn something together. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.” In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House on Congress Street is hosting a love-themed tour. Bring your special someone out to Congress Street and listen to tour guides talk about things like 19th Century courtship rituals, as well as the Longfellow family’s many romances, heartbreaks and marriages. Tours are taking place between February 5 and 14 and reservations are filling up quick so be sure to book early!

3.) 7th Annual Valentines Day Public Dance at Maplewood Dance Center

Looking for somewhere fun, upbeat and unique to take your date this Valentine’s Day? Why not kick it high school style and head over to the 7th annual Valentine Public Dance. This exciting event is happening on Valentines Day at the Maplewood Dance Center. The dress code is Dressy Casual to tux and ball gown, so pull out your best attire and get dolled-up for a great night of dancing with your special someone. Listen to the sounds of the Carmine Terracciano Band, presented by Tony Boffa Music. Maplewood Dance Center is the largest ballroom dance floor in Maine and is located on Warren Avenue. The dance lasts from 8:00-11:00 p.m.

4.) Portland Ballet presents: “Boy Meets Girl” on Forest Avenue

Do you envision a classy, upscale romance with your significant other? If you want to make Valentine’s Day a memorable night for your love, why not take them to the Portland Ballet Studio Theater? Throughout February, Portland Ballet is presenting “Boy Meets Girl” a beautiful show that will leave you and your love smiling. Watch dancers glide across the stage and enjoy an array of fantasizing music to accompany the show. If you want a night that will be undeniably classic and memorable, it is highly recommended that you check out this lovely show.

5.) Flatbread Company on Commercial Street

If you and your lover are foodies, Portland is the perfect city to feed your taste buds with any kind of food imaginable. One restaurant in particular, Flatbread Company on Commercial Street in Portland, is unique in flavors and atmosphere. After you order from the wide selection of delicious and interesting flatbread pizzas, gaze out the window with your love and watch the amazing sights of the New England seafaring atmosphere. At this restaurant, your food is prepared right in front of you.Treat your significant other, your mom and dad or a few friends to this delicious restaurant that strays far from the typical and cliché “dinner and a movie.”

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