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Valentine’s View

Valentine’s View
By Chris Murphy

Romance is in the air and there are more ways to celebrate romance. Very important to know that it is so important to love yourself first. You don’t need anyone else to validate who you are and what you can be.

Find yourself some romance and love whomever you want to love. Sharing respect for each other equally is key for love and most importantly, you need to love yourself and cut yourself some slack to give love to others. Everyone has a special place or time of day, whether a special place for just yourself or with a significant other, take some time to enjoy those places and linger for a while. Do you have a favorite booth at a restaurant, favorite bench in the park, or trail to walk or TV show, movie or song. Is it a certain day or night of the year? Take time this this month and find something that is special and celebrate and it doesn’t have to cost a thing. If you are not in a romantic relationship, it’s ok; take time to celebrate yourself and who you are. Love all starts with yourself.

Here are a couple of cool ideas for you.

Candlelight Concert
Don’t miss this romantic live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Modesto. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Valentine’s Day Special ft. “Romeo and Juliet” & More at The Century under the gentle glow of candlelight.
The Century on 10th Street. $28 – $55
February 14, 6:30 and 9 pm shows

Valentine’s Tea Time
One of Modesto’s elegant Valentine’s traditions will be at the McHenry Mansion on February 10. The annual Valentine’s Tea even has one sitting at 11:30 am. Please call 209-522-1739 for reservations. This event sells out early. Tix are $40

The 23rd Annual Grace Lieberman, David Bradford, Aggie Anker Memorial Valentine Concert Valentine’s Concert features Golden Bough, playing love songs from around the world. You will enjoy “high tea”: tea sandwiches, scones, chocolates, and baked sweets. Hot tea, sparkling wines, and cider will also be served.
Congregation Beth Shalom. February 4th $35 3 pm
1705 Sherwood Ave Modesto<>

Legend has it that there is someone for everyone out there.
“Marriage at the Mansion” offers each couple a romantic setting at the beautifully restored historic McHenry Mansion. Stanislaus County Clerk – Commissioner of Civil Marriages, Donna Linder invites engaged couples to be married on Valentine’s Day. Civil Ceremonies, offered in English & Spanish on February 14th by appointment between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Marriage licenses must be purchased and appointments made in advance at the County Clerk’s Office located at 1021 “I” Street, Modesto. The cost of the license and ceremony is $121 or $126 for confidential marriage licenses.
Reserve your Valentine’s Day wedding early for this romantic venue. These civil ceremonies will be conducted in English or Spanish. Guests are limited to 15 for each wedding and children must be age 12 or older to attend.” For more info: County Clerk Office at 209-525-5250 or call 209-525-5230 for assistance in Spanish

Romantic Cocktails
Intermission at the State Theatre is a new space that jumped to one of our favorite places for an afternoon or evening escape to another world. Go back in time to the 1940s in the Golden Age of film for a intimate drink. There is a nice list of craft cocktails with some of the traditional standards. Also offing non-alcholic cocktails. This space is featured on our cover this month.

Other hall of fame romantic places are the Redwood Café bar in Oakdale or Falcon’s Lair in Ripon where you are also taken back to the golden age of film with specialty smoked drinks. Galletto in downtown Modesto is rich in luxury and velvet for a classic drink as well as the comfy seats in the bar at Dewz. Of course, a nice round corner booth at Wildfire, maybe the red traditional old school bar at Marcella’s Mexican Restaurant or in the old school booths at the Standard Pub would deliver a romantic encounter.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.