Ah, love is in the air in Harford County, where sweethearts can celebrate Valentine's Day in any number of ways.
In the mood for some crooning? Dean Martin tribute artist Eric Richardson will return to this year's "An Evening at the Hollywood Canteen" fundraiser for the Historical Society of Harford County and will be accompanied by Frank Sinatra impersonator James Young. The dinner is Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bel Air Reckord Armory. Last year's Valentine's Day fundraiser sold ou. Reservations must be made by Tuesday.
Young, a former police detective, performs the unique sounds of both a young Sinatra and the more mature Frank. He began his Sinatra tribute show in 2004 and has performed at The Walt Disney World Wyndham Resort; The Fremont Street Experience and The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In June 2013, he performed against 14 other singers in The Hoboken Sinatra Idol Competition in Hoboken, N.J., birthplace and hometown of Frank Sinatra. Other venues have included the Overland Park Convention Center, Kansas; The Docks at Fells Point, Baltimore, on cruise ships and several cities in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Richardson is a Harford County resident, who has appeared throughout the country with his one man show. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, the actor, vocalist and overall master of "character" has played diverse roles ranging from Fagin in "Oliver" to Sky Masterson in "Guys & Dolls." He has appeared in numerous roles on stage, in film and television. In 2009, he performed at the annual Dean Martin Festival in the late crooner's hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. In 2012, Richardson was honored as the 2012 "Classic Crooner" for his performance of "Dean Martin" at the 21st annual Celebrity Impersonators Convention/Reel Awards, held at the Golden Nugget Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The evening will feature a three-course meal to include a pear salad, chicken piccata, or dill salmon, with scalloped potatoes, vegetables and tiger cake for dessert, catered by Dean & Brown.
The theme of the event is based on the film "Hollywood Canteen" and will take diners back to the days during World War II when the film stars volunteered their time to play music for, dance with and serve soldiers, sailors and airmen as they shipped out for service overseas.
Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $60 per person and may be purchased at the Society headquarters at 143 N. Main St. in Bel Air, by phone at 410-838-7691 or online at http://www.harfordhistory.org. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.
Other Valentine events
Don't want to go to Bel Air's Reckord Armory, or a crowded restaurant for a romantic Valentine's Day? Instead, spend time with your sweetie at a catered affair.
The Valentine's Day extravaganza at La Banque de Fleuve in Havre de Grace is Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Have dinner, see a live show and dance the night away. The evening is presented by The Women's Challenge Inc. and is $60 per person. Visit http://www.womenschallenge.net.
On Saturday, Feb. 14, listen to the sounds of cool jazz at the Valentine's Day jazz dinner at theAmerican Legion Hall in Bel Air from 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Ames United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee. Donation is $40 per person. Get tickets at email@example.com.
The American Legion in Havre de Grace is also hosting a Valentine's Day dinner, with seatings at 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets, at $25 per person, must be reserved in advance at 410-939-0234.
Live music will be played throughout a candlelight dinner at Rockfield Manor on Feb. 14. Dinner will be catered by Pairings Bistro and guests can enjoy a perfectly paired menu with great wine in an intimate setting. For tickets and reservations, contact Pairings. Various seating times begin at 4 p.m. Space is limited. Visit http://www.rockfieldmanor.com.
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Children can make Valentine's creations at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon between 1:30 and 3 p.m. The program is for ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult. Construct a woodsy valentine to leave at your favorite spot along the trail. Cost is $2.70/member, $3/non-member. Registration is required: http://www.otterpointcreek.org.