February is the month of love, and there are several events around Sanford that can spark a great Valentine’s Day celebration or just a day of fun for the family. For all of our Autumnwood crew and folks around Sanford, we have compiled a list of some of the top places to go and things to do this month.

Chocolate and Beer Tasting

(February 10 @ 2:00; Hugger Mugger Brewing Company; Sanford, NC; $25)

Hugger Mugger Brewing Company has partnered with The Chocolate Cellar to provide the perfect early Valentine’s Day experience. Join other enthusiasts on a guided pairing of five taster-sized beers from the local brewery and delectable chocolates from The Chocolate Cellar. The pairing should last about an hour, after which guests are invited to stay for a tour of the facilities, a full pint of beer, and an official Hugger Mugger tour cup that can be brought home.

TAKE FIVE Poetry and Prose Open Mic

(February 7 @ 6:00; Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar; Sanford, NC)

To explore the more artistic side of yourself, check out the First Thursday TAKE FIVE open mic at Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar. Writers as young as 15 years old are encouraged to share their prose and poems until 6:15, while more mature and adult-themed work can be shared after 6:15. Grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy the excellent artistry of your fellow citizens. Or, you could decide to share some of your own work among friendly ears!

Valentine’s Weekend Portrait Party

(February 16 @ 1:00; San-Lee Park; Sanford, NC)

SGS Photography is providing a special portrait party to spice up your Valentine’s Day festivities. The weekend after the holiday, bring your beau out to the park, dress in tuxedos and gowns, and take stunning photos to commemorate your love. A mini-portrait session will ensue, with prints available within a week. Plus, the event will have light hors-d’oeuvres and music to set the mood.

For other ideas to color your Valentine’s Day and the rest of your February, check out the Points of Interest section on our Area page. We hope you have a wonderful, love-filled February!

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