Yes, the weather is still off again, on again cold. It is, after all, still winter and though it could be a whole lot nicer, it could be a lot worse as far as cold and snow go. But, none of that should interfere with Valentine’s Day in South Boston – 2018. Flowers, candy, dinner, maybe a chilled bottle of wine in a romantic setting; all of these things and more, often come to mind when couples, married or dating, think of Valentine’s Day.
This unique, unofficial holiday is said to have been based on the legend of one or more early Christian Saints named ‘Valentinus’. The most well-known St. Valentine lived during the time of the Roman Empire and was said to have performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry while in the Roman Army. Valentinus was captured, arrested and later executed for his ‘crimes’, but his fame lives on to this day.
And still, here in 2018, Valentine’s Day means so much to so many. It truly is a tradition that has endured the test of time. Certainly, the candy companies and florists love this time of year. It’s a huge business as the mad rush for flowers to send to that special someone ups the prices to sometimes 3 to 4 times what they usually are the rest of the year. Diets are often put on hold so that the thoughtful gifts of chocolates can be enjoyed and savored. But those couples in love are more than happy to pay the higher prices. Well, if not happy to pay, willing at least. And as we’ve all noticed to be the case more each year, no sooner do the Christmas decorations and items come down from the shelves in many stores, the red décor of Valentine’s Day appears in their place.
Restaurants prepare for the occasion by making their establishments extra appealing creating that romantic atmosphere that softly states that yes indeed, this is a special day in the hearts of those in love. Reservations often need to be made well in advance if you expect to be able to get a table. And often the big question of ‘Will you marry me?’ is popped as many engagements over the centuries have commenced on February 14th.
Here in South Boston we have quite a few fine establishments more than capable of accommodating the most perfectly thought out plans. Cafe Porto Bello on East Broadway comes to mind with its quiet romantic atmosphere and fine Italian cuisine. There is also Barlow’s, Coppersmith’s, Stephi’s, Legal Seafood, Lincoln, Shenanigans and so many other excellent restaurants and florists too – as good as if not better than any that can be found anywhere.
And if you really want to make it that special day to remember, well, gold, diamonds and other precious stones can be found locally at Murphy’s Jewelers with selections to rival any of the larger chain stores. If you don’t see what you want, Bill Cosetta, owner of Murphy’s can get it for you. As most know, Murphy’s Jewelry has moved its location to 403 W. First Street and still offers that fine quality merchandise and the best service around with great prices.
You may want to stop in to Jim Fallon’s PS Gourmet Coffee at Perkins Square, for some of the best coffee in town, grab a cup to go and bring it along as you take in a romantic sunset at Castle Island or along Carson Beach. Watching the sun set over the water won’t cost you a penny but might bring rewards worth far more than material items if it sets the mood just right. Whatever is needed to have a memorable Valentine’s Day can be found right here in our neighborhood. Why not take advantage?
So, if this coming Tuesday you get the feeling that love is in the air maybe even more than any other day, a quick look at the calendar, February 14th just might explain why. It’s Valentine’s Day. And if you’re married, engaged or romantically involved in any way, here’s a bit of advice from your friends here at South Boston Today: You could be in for some serious trouble if you find that you have forgotten this of all days. And finally, if nothing else, stop and think back to the first time you saw that special someone and what it was that made your heart move like it never has before and celebrate the love of your life. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!