Friday, February 22, 2013
Nick Acciarito and Lindsey Monroe, who met two years ago and plan to get married in March, share their love story with Patch.
Nick Acciarito and Lindsey Monroe, selected by Patch readers as Gwinnett's Cutest Couple, met in September of 2011. Lindsey, who serves as the Special Events and Communications Manager at Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit in Decatur that offers year-round programs for children with cancer and their families, also happens to help out with the famous haunted house, Netherworld. Nick, a firefighter for DeKalb County, was applying for work at the house. "I had been working there for about ten years and was helping out with casting," Lindsey explained. "He had to talk to me to get his paperwork." They chit-chatted, and she gave him a hard time about filling out his paperwork incorrectly. Before he left, Nick told her that if she wanted to "snag his …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Is it a time for a romantic dinner for two or just another day of the week?
Happy Valentine's Day! The history of the Feb. 14 holiday is a long and complicated one linked to Christian and Roman traditions, according to History.com. "In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia," the website says. The American tradition of exchanging hand-made valentines likely began in the early 1700s. So what's your plan for today? The traditional flowers, candy, jewelry or romantic dinner out? Do you think more creatively than that, or do you shun the holiday altogether? Do you have a tradition that you've followed since the very first time you realized that Cupid's arrow had struck? How will you be celebrating Valentine's Day?
Check out what's happening on this weekend of love in Norcross.
The weekend is starting a bit early for everyone with a little thing called Valentine's Day. On Thursday, Historic Downtown Norcross is being transformed for Valentine's Day into a place for love, whether it's old, new, or not yet found. Dine at one of downtown's restaurants, take a ride on the horse-drawn carriage, smooch in the kissing booth, or get your vows renewed along South Peachtree Street. Shops also will have walk-up wine tastings, chocolates and roses to give away. The activities run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For the full details and locations, click here. The "Wilson Pickett: 25 at the Top" exhibit at the Norcross Arts Center may have debuted last week, but the fun doesn't stop there. Every Friday this month, R&B artist …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Try these tips for Feb. 14 that are creative and kind to the environment.
Valentine’s Day can be lovely for sweethearts—but with tons of candy to consume and generic, store-bought cards that will be tossed rather than treasured, it can be a holiday to dread for parents. Here are 10 tips to make your child’s 2013 Valentine’s Day celebrations more memorable—and kinder to the environment. 1) Consider ditching the candy and handing out something small, special and fun. This year, my son will be giving his classmates Ninja pencils and Fuzzy Wuzzy pencils, available from Amazon.com, instead of cheap candy. Other options include stickers, pens or fun erasers from Swoozie's, Target or Office Max. 2) Make chunky, recycled crayon hearts to give to classmates. Follow directions here, or you can buy them at Lil' …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The city is offering horse-drawn carriage rides, a kissing booth, vow renewals and more for Feb. 14th.
Do you know what your game plan is for Valentine's Day? Whether you're celebrating with your honey or you're single and ready to mingle, Historic Downtown Norcross will have a little bit for everyone Feb. 14th. A number of restaurants are offering chef specials and champagne. Some notable eateries include Mojitos, Paizano's, Dominick's, Zapata and Bleu House Market. Dining solo? Grab a pint and check out Iron Horse Tavern for the singles scene. Downtown also will have an array of activities to do before and after eating, too. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the city will have horse-drawn carriage rides, a kissing booth, vow renewals and walk-up wine tastings. Make sure to browse the shops and galleries for tasty samples, live music and roses…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Upload a photo of the two of you together for a chance to be named the Cutest Couple in Gwinnett!
Are you one half of a ridiculously cute couple in Gwinnett County? Are you newly in love, or have you shared the better part of a century together? Whether you hold hands after a lifetime of memories or still get a little nervous when you lean in for a kiss, we want to see the two of you together. Upload your photo by midnight on Feb. 14, and add a caption with your name and your local Patch. The winner will be based on user comments. Once the winner is selected, we will write and publish your love story!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Norcross' Lionheart Theatre, in cooperation with Flying Cat Productions, opens a collection of nine 10-minute plays all centered on relationships.
Looking for a way to spice up your Valentine's Day? Then come to Lionheart Theatre in downtown Norcross from Feb. 14-17 for an evening or matinee of "Heart Throbs," a collection of nine 10-minute plays all centered on relationships. Flying Cat Productions will be bringing this collection of short scenes to Lionheart after a run at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates. Flying Cat put out a call nationwide for short plays focused on relationships and the joys and troubles that they cause. Out of 86 entries, Flying Cat chose these nine productions and enlisted the talents of nine directors and 18 actors. The productions themselves are as varied as real relationships from down-to-earth scenes to fantastical trips through time, or a uterus. …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
If so, you’re not alone.
If there’s one thing we can’t forget in February, it is Valentine’s Day. Romance is all around us — in the stores, on TV and in those little hints we drop for that special someone about just where we would like to dine on Valentine's Day. But what if you don’t have that special someone in your life right now? Maybe you’ve just suffered a bad break-up. Some people find the approach of Valentine’s Day a time to feel anxious rather than romantic. Some singles have been known to arrange special “non-Valentine” parties Feb. 14 each year — just to make a statement. According to life coach and author Ken Linder, many people fit into this category. On his website, he has some answers to why this happens. He also has some suggestions on how to …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Gwinnett Parks & Recreation Department calendar lists events for families, sweethearts and senior citizens.
February is filled with Valentine celebrations at parks throughout Gwinnett County. There are Daddy-Daughter Dances in Suwanee and Norcross, a Family Valentine Dance in Lawrenceville, a romantic Valentine Day Dinner Dance for Sweethearts in Lawrenceville. For senior citizens, there is a Valentine Day Breakfast in Lawrenceville and a Valentine Day Tea, also in Lawrenceville. And a bit later in the month, there’s a family Masquerade Ball in Buford for Mardi Gras. Here are the dates, details and registration links. Art Show · January 2 – February 27· Free! The Buford Artists' Group will gather for a memorable showcase of their finest art works, challenging one another to further express their creativity. George Pierce Park Community …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Many spent the day of love right in downtown.
Roses lining the tables and candlelit dinners added a romantic ambience to Historic Norcross for Valentine's Day. Couples, singles and families spent the evening dining at the various restaurants of Zapata, Mojito's, Dominick's and more. Despite the cold, many also ventured through the brightly lit streets to take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Skin Alley. Vow renewals were offered to any couple who wanted it performed, too, a new addition to this year's activities. To get a taste of what downtown felt like, click through the slideshow.