The history of St. Valentine’s Day is uncertain. Some believe its origin lies with two martyrs of the early Christian church. Both saints were named Valentine, and both were recorded as being beheaded on February 14th, about A.D. 269, during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Claudius II.
It is said that one of these men, a priest, was executed for secretly marrying young couples in defiance of the emperor’s edict that young, single men destined for the army not marry. Over two centuries later in A.D. 496, Saint Pope Gelasius I named February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day.
There is evidence that St. Valentine’s Day was first celebrated in England in the 1400s. It’s on record that the first valentine was sent by a Frenchman named Charles, the Duke of Orleans. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, and he sent his wife an affectionate letter in rhyming verse from his prison cell.
Men often gave gifts of candy to their Valentines, but the sending of romantic poems soon became more popular. Commercial valentine cards were first manufactured in the early 1800s and were hand-painted and decorated with fine satin, feathers, ribbon or lace.
Gifts of chocolate and sweet confections presented in fancy, decorated boxes symbolized fondness, and this tradition of giving edible gifts to loved ones continues today.
“A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red … is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.”
Join us Saturday February 17th, 2018 from Noon- 2:00 pm. Rin Barrett will be here to do Tea Leaf readings. Cost is $20. Call today to reserve your spot. 801-561-5557
Premiers Friday February 8th, 2018
Chances are you are not one of the Olympic athletes that will be attending this years 2018 Winter Olympics held in South Korea. Like me you will be either watching with a handful or houseful of friends. Come on this event only happens every four years it deserves extra effort to make it memorable and medal worthy. Here are some suggestions:
Mark your Calendars for Friday February 16, at 7:00 pm & Saturday February 17, at 10:30 am
Cost is $15 for hat and all the fixings to create.
Tea and cakes will be served. RSVP today 801-561-5557
Taken from Antiques directory By Judith & Martin Miller
Following publication, from 1737 onward of illustrations showing discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum, new designs for furniture throughout Europe used forms and motifs rather than the traditional curvilinear shapes. This new approach became dominant in America by the federal period. See downloaded pictures of Jacob Forster, & Federal of Duncan Phyfe.
Call today to reserve your spot. 801-561-5557. Cost is $65. Please bring your own small furniture to paint.