By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterFebruary 7, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (February 7, 2013) -- Valentine's Day is approaching and for the busy couple or Family that is unsure where or how to celebrate Fort Rucker offers many romantic and Family friendly events.
Ranging from romantic, candlelit dinners to engaging, lively activities, this year Fort Rucker offers a little something for everyone.
One of the most looked forward to events every year is the Dueling Pianos held at The Landing, which will be held Feb. 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight, and is one that people will not want to miss, according to Janice Erdlitz, marketing director, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
"If you've never been to a dueling pianos event, and you're just not sure if this is for you, my suggestion is, just do it. You'll have a great time. The atmosphere is full of energy and the two pianos on the stage with each pianist trying to outplay the other is just awesome," she said.
Brian Jackson, recreation program manager, said that the event is only held twice a year and that DFMWR has heard nothing but positive responses from attendees.
"This event is very casual and people can come and stay [until] midnight. People aren't required to stay the whole time, but the performers truly value our Soldier's dedication to this country," he said.
And, according to Erdlitz, they know every song a person could imagine.
"We've tried to stump them before with an odd music request, and they always seem to know it. So, get some friends together, pick out some cool songs, and enjoy the evening. You'll love it," she said.
Advanced tickets are available in The Landing Zone for $10 a person before 2 p.m. Feb. 15, or will be available at the door for $15. Patrons must be 18 years old or older to attend.
Other events hosted by The Landing will be the Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 14 and 15 and the Valentine's Kid's Night Feb. 12.
The Sweetheart Dinner will be set up as a romantic dinner with table cloths, candles and roses. The dinner is $30 per couple and patrons must RSVP when the ticket is purchased.
"The meal includes shrimp cocktail to share and the entrée choices are: blackened red fish with a Riesling cream sauce, 8 oz. sirloin, 10 oz. fresh carved prime rib or Cajun chicken with shrimp pasta. All entrées include a baked potato and a side salad. For dessert, people can choose between chocolate, caramel or raspberry sauce on cheesecake to share," said Esther Rodriguez, promotions coordinator.
The dinner is combined with Dueling Pianos as patrons who purchase Sweetheart Dinner tickets can buy a Dueling Piano ticket for $10 per couple.
Kid's Night, in celebration of Valentine's Day, from 5-8 p.m., offers a special where children eat free with one paid adult entrée, and where a holiday craft can be made and taken home.
"There will be face painting and a craft corner to handprint a child's hand on a heart-shaped card for their parents. It is a fun activity to do with the Family," said Rodriguez. "[Children] in Valentine-themed colors will be entered to win a Family prize of a popcorn machine, board games, movies and candy."
For more information on Kid's Night, Dueling Pianos and the Sweetheart Dinner, call 598-8025.
Rucker Lanes will also hold an event for the first time for the holiday.
The Sweetheart Bowl will be held Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers buy-one-get-one-free specials.
"We will have buy-one-get-one-free for bowling, shoe rentals and snack bar items, but it does not include alcoholic beverages," said Ron Cook, Rucker Lanes business manager.
The event is Family friendly as children also get the buy-one-get-one-free special that night and everyone from civilian to Soldier is allowed to participate in the event.
"It is a fun, Family thing to do or something to do even as a couple. It is also a playful event that you don't necessarily have to be good at to have a great time. Bowling is great for a date," he said.
There is no limit to how many times people can bowl, but Cook suggests that patrons know about how many games they would like to play when they get their shoes, "that way they can stay in their lane the entire night."
Games bought or given free that night (if a person buys three games then three additional games are free) have to be used that night.
"You cannot save it for another date," said Cook.
For more information about Sweetheart Bowling, call 255-9503.