What could be better than love, moonlight, music and donuts? Frankly, this sounds absolutely magical and I can’t wait to experience it. Join me and many others for an all-ages Valentine’s Day event at Watch Tower Lodge at Black Hawk Park. It sounds quite lovely.
Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk
Thursday, February 14
Outside: A trail is lined with more than 200 luminaries allowing for a 2-mile stroll throughout the woods.
Inside: There will be a roaring fire, music provided by Just4Fun with Drew Nagle calling contra-dancing (a folk dance made up of long lines of couples). People of all ages join in the dancing. No experience is necessary to join the fun.
Refreshments may be the real highlight of the evening. Drinks will include juice and hot chocolate, but attendees are often even more delighted by the 1000+ donuts the loyal Foundation members will be frying!
This event is for singles, couples, and families.
Rachel Gustafson of Rock Island offers this perspective on the event: “Our family has gone to the Valentine’s Hike at Black Hawk Park for years. I have to admit we are fair weather hikers and only do the luminary hike when it is not ridiculously cold or a blizzard. It can be lovely to walk in the candlelit snow, and there’s usually a flat paved part where you can even take a rugged stroller. Some years we go straight to the donuts in the lodge and this is not a bad choice. They fry homemade donuts which you can eat your fill of while warming by the fire, drinking cocoa, then even try dancing to the live music. It’s a great event for the whole family, and a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day together.”
Mooch Gay of Andover shares her family’s experience: “Dennis and I did this with our girls quite often when they were younger. It’s a fun evening for the whole family. Or when the girls got older and they didn’t go, we enjoyed it as a couple. I think maybe there is violet jelly you can try, too. That was always kind of fun!”
Begun in 1992, this year marks the 28th year Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation have brought joy, happiness, and donuts to Quad Citizens on Valentine’s Day. This year, I believe our family will be starting a new tradition we are certain to love.
Photo credit: Patty Pearson.