February Fun, Hearts, History, and Pies in Marshall, Illinois.

February is a month chock full of things to note. It’s Black History Month, and our great state of Illinois honors this with various events. You can find more info on the Enjoy Illinois site at https://www.enjoyillinois.com/celebrate-black-history-month-in-illinois/black-history-month-events-in-illinois/.  Read on to learn about February fun in Marshall.

Hearts are a glow in February.

Why? Well, not only does Valentine’s Day happen in February, but it is American Heart Month. Take time to do some healthy heart activities like taking regular walks, hiking the trails in our beautiful parks, or increasing your exercise regimen.

And ironically, it’s also Great American Pie Month! So, if you plan to eat that extra slice of yummy apple or cherry pie this month, take that extra walk for your heart’s sake!!

As for the other heart event, Valentine’s day is Sunday, February 14th.

St. Valentine’s Day contains a tradition based on both Christianity and ancient Roman history. Who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this tradition?

A popular legend says that Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. The then Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than married men with families, presumably as they had less to care about or live for. So, he outlawed marriage for young soldiers. Valentine thought this to be unfair, so he defied Claudius and secretly performed marriages for young lovers. When Claudius discovered Valentine’s secret actions, he ordered the priest be put to death.

But where did Cupid come from? The little naked cherub launching arrows of love at unsuspecting lovers is a Roman God. Still, Cupid has his roots in Greek mythology as the God of love, Eros.

According to the Greek poets, Eros was a handsome immortal who enjoyed toying with both the Gods and men’s emotions. He would use his golden arrows to incite love. During the Hellenistic period, he was first portrayed as the mischievous, chubby child we have come to love to see on our Valentine’s Day cards.

Today, we send flowers, cards, candy, stuffed animals, and balloons to our significant others, our kids, moms, and dads. We bring candy to the office, give cards to our pals, and of course, even the school kids get into the action.

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. Some ways to celebrate might be to take your sweetie to a nice dinner, maybe even on Friday or Saturday night for “date night” or for a Sunday brunch, lunch, or dinner. There are many great options for places to have a great meal or cocktail in Marshall, Illinois. Remember, we are still adhering to Covid restrictions, so wear your masks and follow social distancing guidelines if you dine out.

Consider getting a delicious takeout meal instead. Guys, I bet you will win points with your ladies if you arrange for a special Valentine’s Day Meal for both of you.

Here are few ideas for gifts that can be found right here in Marshall.

Greenbriar cottage Florist is offering a dozen roses for $75. They have many choices of gifts, too, including stuffed animals, balloons, and boxes of chocolates. It is a one-stop-shop to keep you in the good graces with your honey, mom, or kiddoes.

The Dairy Queen is offering heart-shaped ice cream cakes. Bring home Valentine’s day treat for the whole family or maybe to bring to the office. Delicious; February fun in Marshall.

For a different Valentine’s treat, how about a spray tan? We are all experiencing the winter blues. Time 2 Tan is offering a Valentine’s Couple Special good for the entire month of February. You can arrange for two unlimited packages of $50. Bring your significant other or even your best friend and save—what a great Valentine’s special or a great gift to give to a relative or friend. Visit them at 704 Archer Ave., Marshall, Illinois.

Want to get Mom something unique? How about a Valentine’s Gnome for her garden? Cut flowers are nice, but gnomes are forever. Get yours at the Ewing Garden Barn.

And of course, don’t forget the all-important Valentine’s Day Card. There are many places to get Hallmark and other commercial cards. Still, if you want something memorable, Mama’s Mending is making handmade cards called Mamas Greetings. They offer holiday cards and special occasion cards at very reasonable prices. Give them a call if you want more info: 217.712-0392

Suppose you want to have a little Valentine’s month, February fun in Marshall, for yourself. In that case, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring The Great Chocolate Crawl of Marshall. Visit each of the participating businesses and enjoy a free chocolate sample. They aren’t announcing what chocolate sample will be at each business’ offering. You will have to stop by each business on the list to see what the surprise offerings await you. Check-in with the Chamber to get the list of participating stores.

Whatever you do this month, be safe, stay warm, and may your HEARTS be full of love and joy.