Feelings about Valentine's Day differ from person to person. Some treasure the day for its romantic ideals, while others cannot wait for the calendar page to turn from 14 to 15. Regardless of how people feel about the day, one thing that cannot be argued is the holiday's place in popular culture.
Valentine's is far from a new celebration, and everyone is well versed in the customary flowers, chocolates, dinner reservations and expected, spontaneous gestures of romance. Why such gestures are expected, to many, is unclear. Quite frankly, asking "why" may be taboo in many circles. Enter the Windsor Historical Society.
Historical Society Executive Director Christine Ermenc will attempt to answer the "why," "when," and "how" of Valentine's Day. The Society is inviting the public to join them for a lunch and lesson on the history of the holiday and its customs.
Ermenc will use Valentine's cards of yesteryear to uncover the day's significance and how it has evolved over the past 100 years. Those in attendance will see everything from Cupids behind the wheel of mid-20th century automobiles to the decoding of flower language.
According to the Historical Society, every flower on a card or in a bouquet carries a coded message for their recipient. Those present at the lunch and lesson will have the privilege of becoming privy to this valuable information.
The Historical Society invites all to bring their lunch and a friend to the lesson that will be held at the Society on Palisado Avenue at noon.
The program costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for members.