What’s Your Plan of Action For Valentine’s Day?

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What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? If you want to stay in Martin on this loveliest of holidays,  I believe you need to adopt an attitude of making things happen.  Your fun is up to you.  Would you like a little help?  Here is my plan for spending Friday and Saturday of Valentine’s weekend right here at home.

Friday Night: Begin With Words

Go to The Arts Co-Op Friday night, February 13 for an evening of “poetry and prose.”

Romancing the Word is an open-mic night featuring the Martin and UTM writing community, according to co-hosts, UTM English professors, Anna Clark and Leslie LaChance.

Visitors can charm their guests and others by reading aloud their original works or by reading the works of a favorite writer.

Carithers & Coffey will provide a blend of acoustic music beginning at 6:30 pm.  Reading sign-ups will begin at 6:45 and readings will take place from 7 until 8:30 pm.

Admission is free.  Hor d’oeurvres will be served. Romancing the Word is a soulful way to begin the weekend.  Take your special friend on a visual tour of the works offered by our local artists, hear the readings from the writers in our area and, perhaps, find a new treasure at the gallery.

The Arts Co-Op

217 South Lindell Street, Downtown Martin

Regular Hours:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2 – 9 pm

The Arts Co-Op is a new addition to our downtown area and a benefit to all of us.  Read more about them from an earlier blog post.

Saturday Afternoon: Continue with Contact

Join UTM as they meet up with Tennessee Tech for a rough and tumble, physical game of  rugby!   According to New Zealander and head coach, Dr. Paul Higgs, the team is expecting a larger turnout for their second home game at UTM.

“A lot of people are interested in watching their first rugby game, and with weather being so good, there could be a good crowd coming. Tech is also the best team in the division which makes it a big game for us” said Paul.

In case you are new to rugby, it is similar to football, without the pads and helmets, but with a non-stop soccer pace.  There are 15 players who play constantly for an entire game of two 40-minute halves and a five-minute intermission.  Any football fan, girl or guy, can appreciate the game.  Treating your significant other to the competition might be one of the best decisions you make all weekend.

The UTM Rugby team is developing and in their first year of competition play.  Some of the club players are from West and Middle Tennessee. “There are many on the team who played on the Brighton,TN team in high school. Our captain is from Nashville,” said Paul. “We also have several new people who have never played before. They have all done extremely well,” Paul added.

Another twist to the local nature of this game is that the coach of the Tennessee Tech rugby team is a Weakley County native, Scot McCreight, son of Diane and Wayne McCreight of Dresden.  Scot is a former rugby player at Tech who is applying his talents in coaching his top team.

With their first win behind them when they crunched the University of Memphis team 17-0 last week, the UTM Rugby team is ready to play this Saturday.  Bring your lawn chairs, a picnic lunch and while away the afternoon watching these teams of dedicated athletes play their hearts out.

UTM Rugby: UTM vs Tennessee Tech

Game time has been moved up to 12 Noon

UTM Intramural Field, across the street from the Day’s Inn.

Park in the Elam Center  parking lot off of University Street.

There are some bleachers.  Bring your chairs or maybe, a blanket.

Saturday Night: Start with Romance and Roses

Olivia’s Opera House is filling up fast for their Romance and Roses package for Valentine’s night.  They are offering a five-course meal highlighted with roses and champagne. Won’t you be considered thoughtful by your special one when you include this package in your plans to start off your Valentine’s night?

The selections are varied for each course of appetizers, soup, salad, entree and dessert.  Here are the choices for the main course entrees: Red Chile Crusted Filet; Roasted Ginger Salmon; Chicken Cordon Bleu; Lamb Cutlets with Rosemary Marinade; and Spinach and Portabella Alfredo.  Packages are $100 per couple.

You and your favorite can start the night in a beautiful setting with a scrumptious meal.  All you have to do is show up and enjoy.  But you need to call restaurant manager, Daniel Fitzgerald, now to reserve your table.

Olivia’s Opera House Restaurant 214 South Lindell Street, Martin     Saturday Hours- 5 pm to 10 pm          587-8000

Later Saturday Night: Stroll Down to The Stable

It is live music with a folksy touch at The Stable in Martin.  Treat both of you to an introduction to folk music with talented artist, Richard Thorne.  He is making his way through the area.  You can read all about him in the entertainment section of this Thursday’s edition of The Weakley County Press.

Visit The Stable with its comfortable, low-key atmosphere. Play pool or just sit at the bar and listen to the music.   The hostess, Sherri Leggins, always makes sure you feel welcomed when you come in.  See her in agreat photo my friend, Newscoma, recently took of her.

Listen in for a sample of Richard’s music below and then make plans to end up at The Stable to meet good folks and enjoy good folk music.

The venue may be a bit out of the ordinary for some in Martin, but we all need to stretch once in a while, don’t you agree?

The Stable 230 South Lindell Street, Martin

9 p.m. and no cover charge.

The Trains Don’t Run To Nashville Anymore

The Trains Don’t Run To Nashville Anymore

Richard Thorne|MySpace Music Videos

Enjoy the time in Martin with your special person. What about the rest of the weekend?  Well, just make it up as you go.  You’ll be fine.  Happy Valentine’s weekend!

Photos:  1st photo: The Arts Co-op poster; Rugby photos-special thanks to Dr. Paul Higgs, UTM; Richard Thorne photo and video taken from www.myspace.com/richardthorne; The opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own. The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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