Valentine's Day events set in the county

   With Valentine’s Day around the corner, couples are preparing chocolates and flowers for a night of romance, while single folk seek an interesting show to watch to distract them from their not-so-romantic lives.
   For those wanting to do more than the usual Valentine’s Day itinerary, Murphy and Andrews are offering a myriad of activities and events for singles, families and couples.
   People can make cards for their loved ones during the Murphy Art Center’s free event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by the Valley River Arts Guild, all ages will get the opportunity to create Valentine’s cards while eating refreshments.
   “It’s just a fun event,” said Darlene Pilcher, a local artist. “A variety of artists will be here. If you don’t have an idea for a card, we have ideas to share.”
   The Great Paint Escape in Murphy also promotes creativity with a Valentine’s special from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Residents will be able to paint two pieces of pottery for the price of one.
   “It’s not just for couples, but for families,” owner Mickey Dessel-Tomczak said. “So bring daughters, mothers or anyone special in your life. There are a lot of pieces to choose from.”
   She asks those interested in attending the Valentine’s special to make a reservation before Friday by calling 706-400-0567.
   Downtown Murphy restaurants will also offer Valentine’s Day-related specials on Wednesday, Feb. 14, including Bistro 29, Chevelles 66 Restaurant & Bar, Parson’s Pub and others.
   The Daily Grind & Wine will have free wine tasting and new menu item sampling from noon–5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Lane Lowe, co-owner of the business, said folks can pop in at their leisure and try four different varieties of wine, including the cafe’s new meed.
   Paul Constantine of Hayesville, known as Doctor Paul by his fans, will perform at The Daily Grind from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14. Constantine appeared on season 9 of NBC’s popular television show The Voice.
   Andrews also has its fair share of Valentine’s events, including a dessert show of the play Almost, Maine at 3 p.m. in the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center on Sunday.
   Almost, Maine, by John Cariana, is comprised of short scenes that focus on all angles of love in the mythical town called Almost, Maine. Sunday’s performance will be directed by Cory Cheeks of Murphy.
   The six-person cast is comprised of actors from Andrews, Murphy, Nantahala and Peachtree.
   Enjoy an afternoon of sweets and treats, and a show while supporting the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center and Community Youth Players/ACT 2.
   Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 828-360-4108.
   “Almost, Maine is a show that promises to explore all aspects of love,” Cheeks said. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll most certainly feel joy.”
   The Andrews Konaheeta Women’s Club invites couples, families and friends to attend the Sweetheart Breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday in Andrews First Baptist Church’s fellowship hall.
   All proceeds will go to the Ruth Starr Pullium Scholarship Fund at Tri-County Community College.