ONE: Fans of horticulture should add the New Hampshire Orchid Society‘s 26th Annual Show & Sale to their weekend calendars. From exhibits and educational programs to vendors with jewelry, supplies and artwork, this is a weekend-long celebration of the beloved orchid family that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who fancies flowers. The show runs Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Nashua.
TWO: Dine, dance and celebrate at the Blue Ocean Music Hall‘s romantic and retro Valentine’s Big Band Bash. Swing along to the sweet sounds of the Adagio Big Band and enjoy a delicious dinner buffet provided by Seaglass Restaurant. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with the show to follow at 8:30 p.m.
THREE: The Majestic Theatre‘s latest “Dinner and a Show” production will be of interest to dog lovers! While it’s titled “A Dog’s Life,” the show is really about the trials and tribulations of being a human with a pooch. Reservations are required for this show, but the ticket price is all-inclusive of the performance and its accompanying salad, meal, dessert, coffee and tea. The show runs on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
FOUR: Eve Ensler and her “Vagina Monologues” have become practically synonymous with feminism, but the New York playwright is far from done inspiring young women through her work. This weekend only, Firehouse Center for the Arts will be putting on one of Ensler’s more recent plays, “Emotional Creature,” which provides empowerment through monologues and song. See the show on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m.
FIVE: Haverhill is famous as the hometown of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, and the history lovers at Whittier Birthplace will spend the weekend paying tribute to one of his most popular works. At Saturday and Sunday’s “Snow-Bound Weekend,” which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, actors in full Quaker dress will recreate the scenes of the poem. Hot apple cider and coffee will be served alongside the music and poetry.
SIX: In addition to providing the buffet for Blue Ocean’s Big Band Bash, Seaglass Restaurant will be offering a little Valentine’s fun of their own on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. At their Valentine’s Jazz Brunch by the Sea, sip mimosas, listen to live jazz music and taste scrumptious selections from an unlimited raw bar and full brunch menu.
SEVEN: “La Belle Epoque,” or “The Beautiful Age,” is the brief period in Western European history around the turn of the 19th century, known for the peace and optimism that came between the Franco-Prussian War and World War I. Mistral Music is harnessing the inspiration of several of the era’s composers for their own “Love in the Belle Epoque” concert, which will highlight passionate works by Duparc, Fauré and Debussy. Feel the love in the air at West Parish Church in Andover on Sunday at 5 p.m.
EIGHT: Both of Stones Hospitality Group‘s restaurants are celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with brunches and special menus. Seats tend to fill up fast for these events, so head over to the Cobblestones or moonstones website to make your reservation ASAP!