What: Valentwe’en 2018
When: Feb. 13 and Feb. 17
Where: Various (see below)
Contact: Brandy Stark, firstname.lastname@example.org or 727/821-5759
Are you a fan of Hallowe’en in February? If so, we have the event for you! Valentwe’en 2018, which takes place on Feb. 13, is the 4th annual celebration of a holiday that is a mash-up of Valentine’s Day and Hallowe’en with a pinch of Earth Day for flavor. It is a day designed for the lover of the supernatural and for those with supernatural loves (think of Gomez and Morticia of Addams Family fame, the zombie/human love of Warm Bodies and Corpse Bride, or the odd romantic alliances created in Little Shop of Horrors). We are offering the following events:
Feb. 13 (all day): Valentwe’en Rock Drop: In the theme of St. Pete Rocks we are calling for artists to create artistic rock representatives of Valentwe’en. The theme is anything that represents Second Halloween, dark romance, gothic ideology, and/or the promotion of ecological care. Those who participate are encouraged to leave their painted rocks around St. Petersburg for others to find and enjoy.
Feb. 13, 6 – 8 PM: Author Celebration of Valentwe’en at Books at Park Place.
Where: 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. North, St. Petersburg. In Gateway Crossings.
Free and open to the public – support local! Come and celebrate with your favorite spooky local writers: Amanda Byrd, author of Trapped, Chris Widdup, author of Velcro Ninja Kat, Allya Ames, author of Revenge, Mark Muncy, author of Eerie Florida, and Brandy Stark, author of Shadows in the Sunshine: The Lesser Known Haunts of St. Petersburg.
Feb. 17, 6 – 9: Valentwe’en Ghost tour at Patty and Friends Antiques Mall.
Where: 1241 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 822-2106
Free and open to the public. Support local! Enjoy a free ghost tour with your sweetie or with your friends at a haunted antique store. This is once again hosted by the SPIRITS of St. Petersburg. The ghosts have been studied since 2013 and at least three prominent personas are present: the Protector, a man in a seersucker suit who smokes a cigar who resides on the second floor, the Seamstress, a woman with aching hands and a penchant for fashion also on the second floor, and the Tinkerer, an older man fascinated by technology who alters the room temperature and likes female visitors to the store. Three tours are taking place at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tours will take half an hour, are contained to the building itself, and are family friendly. Participants are encouraged to come early in order to walk through the store and shop ahead of time. Please contact Patty and Friends at (727) 822-2106 to sign up for one of the three tours – space is limited to 20 spots per tour.