Valentine’s Day, celebrated around the world, is a century-old tradition. February is known as the “Month of Love” with February 14th being a day devoted to the expression of “Love” by sending Valentine Day cards adorned with hearts and cupids and the giving of gifts, often of chocolate and flowers. It is told that St. Valentine may have coined the phrase “From Your Valentine” as far back as the third century when he sent a letter to his loved one. Throughout Oakville this tradition of recognizing Valentine’s Day as a festive and loving occasion is flourishing.
“A Little Ray of Sunshine”, run by Robyn Travis and Tracey Mueller, is busy planning a Valentine’s Day delivery of flowers to local hospitals and nursing homes and would be delighted to have your help with this endeavour. Robyn and Tracey are two women who want to help improve mental health and morale by collecting donated flowers and floral arrangements from weddings, special/corporate events, funeral services, churches, grocery stores, nurseries, etc and repurpose those flowers into beautiful bouquets to be delivered to those patients who have no family, no friends and no support. To help them and for more information, please visit their website at www.alittlerayofsunshine.ca or call 905-580-7614
The Whole Foods Market Oakville’s bakery team has Valentine’s Day covered for you with sweets for your sweet. Using only the highest quality ingredients, the Bakery Team has lovingly created from scratch some delicious and “beautiful to behold” cakes, cookies and pastries – all to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These highly skilled pastry Chefs use fresh, natural butters, creams and unbleached, unbromated flours and many of the baked goods are made with organic ingredients. So “Go ahead and spoil someone you love and don’t forget yourself!” You’ll be happy you did.
Valentine Day celebrations, however, are not just for young lovers. It is a day that allows the joy of loving relationships to be expressed in a tangible way. Just a couple of examples!
Melissa and Mark Vasil fell in love and now have a bundle of joy. Little Abbey was born. Her parents “can’t get enough of Abbey – and Abbey can’t get enough of the snow!” Mark worked at Whole Foods Market Oakville and the staff at Whole Foods has been happy to have participated in the courtship and marriage of Melissa and Mark – and the visits of little Abbey since her birth.
Town Councillor Roger and Teresa Lapworth are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day since their marriage in May 2012. They were together at the Black History Month Opening Celebration at the Town Hall – very much in love and happy to be together, offering companionship and support to one another.
Children and siblings are busy designing Valentine’s Day cards for each other, their chums at school, their parents and grandparents. One cannot overlook the love that exists between brothers and sisters, their parents, grandparents and friends. The exuberance of young children and their spontaneous expressions of love are a joy to experience.
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As you are planning your own special celebrations surrounding Valentine’s Day? A great way to express your love and appreciation for our merchants and for the Town of Oakville is to “Buy Local”. Oakville has several bakeries and Cupcake businesses that are busy designing and creating delicious treats for your parties and family occasions. Have your event catered by local merchants. The flower shops have the freshest flowers for your loved ones and the many gift boutiques have the perfect trinket to please every person on your list. The many great Oakville restaurants are open and ready to help you celebrate with fine dining experiences. Make this Valentine’s Day an occasion to be remembered for years to come.