Feel the Love-In the Village this weekend
- Published: February 9, 2012
Hippies held a human be-in in Golden Gate Park in 1967. The human rights movement used sit-ins for civil disobedience. Teach-ins were popular during the Vietnam War. For Valentine’s Day weekend, in a town that carries with it the spirit of the 60s, the love-In has been born.
Organized by the Yellow Springs Arts Council, the Love-In festivities run from Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 12 and feature music, art, peace and activism.
On the Valentine’s Day theme, 23 downtown shops are taking part in the “Tour de Chocolat” on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Shoppers can pick up free samples, sale items or special offerings of chocolate and cocoa-laced products at participating businesses, which will hang a heart in their window.
Married couples can renew their wedding vows at a fireside ceremony at Ye Olde Trail Tavern on Saturday at 11 a.m. Jannirose Fennimore will officiate. The first 20 couples to reserve their $20 spot will get champagne for the toast, a copy of a group photo and an optional Valentine’s lunch at the Tavern. And because gay couples can’t get married in Ohio, there will be a talk on the status of same-sex marriage in the state. Ed Mullen, the executive director of Equality Ohio, will speak to the issue on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Emporium.
Peach’s Grill is hosting a ’60s and ’70s music dance party, on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., along with its regular Friday and Saturday night shows. The local rock ‘n’ roll revival band “The Hoppers” will play at the Emporium’s Friday night Wine Tasting. Antioch College will perform (and jam) at the Glen Helen Building Auditorium on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
The weekly peace demonstration, at the corner of Xenia and Limestone Streets, will take place Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. The “John and Yoko” memorial Love-In will be staged in the second floor above The Winds Cafe on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Also during that time and place, peaceniks are invited to speak at an open mic on peace and love. Environmental activists can love the earth by gathering at the Eco-Mental store on Sunday at 11 a.m. to sign a petition urging Ohio Gov. John Kasich to put a moratorium on fracking, a controversial drilling technique used in natural gas extraction.
In the spirit of love, Village Artisans is hosting a “Mysteries of the Heart,” art show with 30 artists who created works in various media to complete the phrase, “The heart is…” The show runs through Feb. 24 with an artist reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The whole event is sealed with a kiss or, more precisely, “The Kiss,” a public performance piece first organized by the Jafa Girls in 2008. They’re hoping to get 80 couples to kiss at 3:27 p.m. on Saturday at one of 80 kissing stations throughout town (designated by a pair of large red lips). Those participating should arrive at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:45 p.m. to get assigned to a kissing station and can kiss whomever, or whatever, they want, including mates, animals, teddy bears, their children or anything else.
For the full listing of events, visit: http://www.yellow-springs-experience.org/