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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.

What is new as of 2-7-2018

Meaning of the Five Olympic Rings

“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.”

TEA Leaf Reading

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


10 ideas for Olympics Opening Ceremony watching party

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:

  1. Dress like your favorite athlete, go Greek or your favorite sport
  2. Serve Cheetos’s in ice cream cone (this can be an Olympic torch)
  3. Serve food from the country hosting the Olympic’s or have guests bring a dish from the country they are rooting for.
  4. Serve drinks alcoholic or non-alcoholic from the country hosting the Olympic’s and every time your team/athlete is mentioned take a sip.
  5. Have a mini obstacle course set up for guest to compete in. Have medals to hand out at the end
  6. Pick a different country other than the USA to root for through out the course the Olympic games.
  7. Play match it. Examples: player with the sport, player with their country, country with year they hosted.
  8. Play Olympic Bingo. Created using either the sports or players.
  9. Buy or decorate donuts to create your own Olympic rings.
  10. Hand out good bags to everyone who attended.

Mad Hatter Hat Making Class and tea party

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

The Arrival of Classicism

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.

  Jacob Forster

February Furniture Paint Classes Saturday 3 and 24 @ 9:30 am

Call today to reserve your spot. 801-561-5557. Cost is $65. Please bring your own small furniture to paint.

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