Valentine’s Day used to be just one day but like so many real holidays, it can no longer be confined. So love is unavoidably in the air this week, along with Mardi Gras, for which people throw parties the Saturday before or the Thursday or Saturday after (when you’re supposed to be in sober and reflective lock-down).
It’s really just about fun for some people. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership got in on the action and asked Pittsburghers to share their love stories. They’re supposed to be relevant to Downtown, which should remove from contention a lot of people for whom Downtown signifies toiling away in an office on a 60 degree day, but we digress.
The top stories will be revealed tomorrow on the PDP’s blog and the winning story will be published on Valentine’s Day.
There’s an evening at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel, a $100 gift certificate to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a gift certificate to Meat and Potatoes and a special gift from Downtown Macy’s for the grand prize winner.
“We asked people to share with us their stories - they could be about falling in love with another person, falling in love with the city itself, or even falling in love with a meal, a building or a sports figure,” said Jeremy Waldrup, CEO and President of the PDP. “We received some great responses. Funny ones, touching ones but most of all stories that showed how essential Downtown Pittsburgh is to our region.”
The entries were judged by representatives from each of the retailers and restaurants providing prizes for the contest.
If we all don’t already know why Valentine’s Day has already started — the same reason every Christmas starts just after Halloween — here’s a clue: Spend more money.
“We also want to remind people that Downtown Pittsburgh is a wonderfully romantic place to spend Valentine’s Day. With nearly 180 restaurants, world-class hotels, first-rate jewelers, hand crafted chocolatiers and creative florists – you are covered!”
The PDP’s website has listings of Valentine’s Day events and specials here.
I could not have entered the contest, in part because I can't love a place where you can't find a restaurant open on a Sunday afternoon, where there are no food trucks or street vendors on weekends or much of anything else going on except in the Cultural District. But where there's love there must be patience... so I'll abide.