By Hailey Scherer ’20
As the bitter cold of February begins to bite, Valentine’s Day arrives just in time to bring the much-needed warmth of romantic love, as well as love for single life. So—what to do in icy Hanover? Go to the Hop, of course! There are few better ways to celebrate the season of hearts and flowers than at Dartmouth’s very own center for the arts. Here’s how:
Enjoy Piotr Anderszewski’s masterful solo piano concert in Spaulding Auditorium at 7 pm on Valentine’s Day. Anderszewski is considered one of the greatest pianists of his generation with an incredible commitment to bringing out the particular power and emotion of each piece he plays. This Valentine’s Day, he will perform pieces by Mozart, Chopin and Bach, a dynamic performance ranging from delicate to robust, pensively forlorn to vivaciously exuberant, percussive to mellifluous. For those looking for a classy way to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day evening, or for those who simply want to revel in the beauty of piano music performed in the depths of winter, this performance will be unparalleled.
Make jewelry at the Jewelry Workshop! There are few gifts your special someone will appreciate more than a ring, bracelet, earrings or pendant made by your own hands; not only will the effort speak volumes, but the assistants in the Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio will help you to make your piece into something you can actually present with pride. Alternatively, take advantage of your bold and glorious single life by treating yourself to a new ring or set of earrings made with the touch only you can provide!
Attend the screening of Casablanca in Loew Auditorium at 7 pm on Valentine’s Day. Watching this classic 1942 Hollywood romantic drama is an time-honored way to celebrate the quintessential fight for love and glory.
Learn to carve fruit at Courtyard Café at Igor Konayev’s demonstration from 4-5 pm on February 14. Learn to fashion a watermelon into an edible bouquet of roses for your special someone, or just gain a random but highly impressive skill to show off to your friends as you casually eat your honeydew-turned-work-of-art at lunch. Want fruit to practice your new skills on, or just to eat whole? Courtyard Café is selling fresh-cut fruit by weight that same day.
Check out the Ceramics Studio and try your hands at pottery, either as a creative and fun date or as a step in making a thoughtful, personal gift for your significant other, friend or mom.
Share a meal at the much-enjoyed Courtyard Café. The double-chocolate muffins rival most of the other chocolate-y baked goods on campus, and, if you’re not feeling the vibes of the downstairs eating area, the Top of the Hop provides a lovely view of Baker Tower across the Green. Otherwise, keep that Big Bad all to yourself and enjoy the single life.
The arts bring beauty and joy to life, and there is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to share in the arts with your special someone or that group of friends you cannot live without. From gift preparation to relaxing in the glory of a masterful performance, the Hop provides a wonderful atmosphere for your Valentine’s Day 2017.
Hailey Scherer is a ’20 from northern Virginia. She is so enthusiastic about continuing her relationship with all things theater and performance through the Arts Ambassadors, and will continue to explore all the fantastic wide-ranging opportunities that the Hop affords in the coming years.