Say Yes To Love And Chocolate At Barron Arts Center

WOODBRIDGE– Judy Krall-Russo, Historian, educator, speaker, and restaurant consultant, will present “Valentine’s Day Traditions: Flowers, Fans & Chocolate with a Touch of Champagne” at the Barron Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Call the center for reservations at 1-732-634-0413. Refreshments will be served during the presentation.


“Valentine’s Day Traditions: Flowers, Fans & Chocolate with a Touch of Champagne,” will teach about the history, traditions – and some fun facts – behind the holiday. Learn about Victorian-era “fan flirting,” and how chocolate and champagne had become associated with Valentine’s Day.

Other topics will include the language of flowers and their meanings, as well as “Candlemas Day,” the original Valentine’s Day. Sample delicious various treats associated with the holiday, including chocolate, brownies, chocolate tea and champagne.

Krall-Russo has studied the fascinating and rich history behind homegrown foods and exotic teas. She shares her knowledge by telling stories, laced with humor and surprising detail, that make listeners appreciate and have an even greater taste for New Jersey cuisine.

In the spirit of giving back to the community throughout the year, there will be collection bins for non-perishable food donations for  the Mayor’s Food Pantry and for items for Woodbridge Animal Shelter and Angel  PAWS, a 501(c)(3), non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to relieving the suffering of and finding permanent homes for stray, abandoned and homeless animals. Items needed include cat and dog food (wet and premium dry), kitty litter, paper towels, paper plates, cleaning supplies (bleach, soap), towels, animal beds, toys, bathroom throw rugs, plastic garbage bags, grooming items (q-tips, cotton balls), and office supplies (paper, pens, etc.).

The Barron Arts Center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge. For more information or directions, call 1-732-634-0413.

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