Valentine's events on queue for February
by Mark Andrews
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Saunders Jones Jr. leads the Etowah Jazz Society in rehearsal Saturday afternoon for their “Songs of Love” Valentine’s Day performance at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville. The event is one of several being offered to the public to help celebrate the special day. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Saunders Jones Jr. leads the Etowah Jazz Society in rehearsal Saturday afternoon for their “Songs of Love” Valentine’s Day performance at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville. The event is one of several being offered to the public to help celebrate the special day. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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In February, several local organizations will present performances, parties and dinners based around the theme of Valentine’s Day beginning on Feb. 7.

The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority will host its First Friday event on Feb. 7 at The Loft, 110 N. Museum Drive, Cartersville, from 8 to 10 p.m. and will feature an improvisational performance by The Pumphouse Players. Tickets are $5 from the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, 770-607-3480, and $7 at the door.

According to www.downtowncartersville.org, “For February’s first Friday event ... the theme is “Love is in the Air,” Date-Night in Downtown Cartersville. The Cartersville DDA will be selling ‘build your own’ package deals where you can pick & choose from restaurants/flowers/services and create your ideal ‘date-night’ package for that Friday night.”

For more information, visit www.downtowncartersville.org.

On Feb. 14, The Pumphouse Players will begin their run of Woody Allen’s “Play it Again, Sam” at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St., Cartersville.

“Since we are opening on Valentine’s Day, we are offering a dinner and a play package for $25. The dinner portion will start at 6:30 [p.m.] at Gilreath Hall, which is a comfortable walk down the street from The Legion Theatre,” Pumphouse Players President Meghan Humphreys said, adding the meal will be catered by Southern Comforts Catering. “Last year for Valentine’s Day we did ‘Love Letters’ at The Legion and it did very well and we wanted to offer the same package for our patrons to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

She described “Play it Again, Sam” as a romantic comedy.

“... A lot of people say that comedies have expiration dates, but this one is still pretty hilarious and I think a big part of that is because it primarily deals with relationships,” Humphreys said. “The stuff that the character Allan Felix is going through is the same stuff you’re going through if you’re on the dating scene today.”

The Etowah Jazz Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose goal is to raise money for the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, will present “Songs of Love” Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Grand Theatre.

“We have two big bands that are going to play. The first half is going to be the Etowah Jazz Society [with vocalists] Rodney Banks, Roberta Longacre and Abigail Grace Lloyd. The second half is going to be Douglas Cameron and the Douglas Cameron Orchestra,” Saunders Jones Jr. of the Etowah Jazz Society said.

While Cameron is described as a “crooner,” Jones explained the singer has a history in rock ‘n’ roll.

“His voice has a little bit of an edge to it, so it sounds a lot like [Michael] Bublé and [Harry] Connick [Jr.] and it’s really a nice sounding voice,” Jones said.

According to a press release, “... Douglas Cameron was just named LA Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year and National Crooner of the Year. A major accomplishment in the music industry. Douglas has been a performer for nearly 30 years but in the last 2 years has transitioned from Rock ‘n Roll to Crooning bringing back the big band era sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller and the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and many others.”

Pieces to be performed by the Etowah Jazz Society, for example, include “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Sunny Side of the Street,” “Sunshine of my Life,” “Blue Moon” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Jones said Cameron’s performance, for example, will include selections from Van Morrison, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

“... Paulie Mitchell, Alexa Knight and Dominique Newman [of Steps of Faith] will come out and dance while Douglas is singing, so it ought to be a real good show,” Jones said. “If you liked the one last year, you’ll probably like this one even better because it’s a great show.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. For tickets, call 770-386-7343 or visit www.thegrandtheatre.org.

Other February events include:

• Bartow History Museum’s “Love is in the Air Date Night” on Feb. 7. at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the museum, 4 E. Church St., Cartersville. It will feature a free romantic movie, popcorn and a soda. Visitors can shop for a Valentine’s Day gift in the museum’s gift shop and receive 20 percent off.

• The Booth Western Art Museum’s “Boots and Saddles” event will be held Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Gallery, 13 N. Wall St., Cartersville. It will feature cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, music by Scott Thompson and “surprises,” according to www.boothmuseum.org. Dress is casual and Western attire is encouraged. Tickets are $50 per person and include two drink tickets. The event is limited to 100 people. Call 770-387-1541 for tickets.

• The 1902 Stock Exchange and Public Square Opera House, 124 Public Square, Adairsville, will present “From Ireland with Love: A Celtic Valentine” on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. It will include a performance by The Ceilidh Celtic Ensemble, which consists of five musicians who use multiple instruments to perform music from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, according to www.visitcartersvillega.org. Celtic attire is encouraged and the event also features dinner. Cost is $45 per person and reservations are required.