Ooh La La La Grange events to sweeten Valentine’s Day

Ooh La La La Grange events to sweeten Valentine’s Day

TOURISM NOTE:  This article appeared in Oldham County’s local newspaper, The Oldham Era. Ooh La La La Grange is an entire weekend of events in La Grange, KY, focused around Valentine’s Day. The weekend consists of four main events:  Gatewood Valentine’s Dinner for 2, The Chocolate Crawl, La Grange Live! with JD Shelburne, and the Oldham County Wedding Expo. Additional February events can be found on the Tourism Calendar of Events at https://www.touroldham.com/calendar/.  

The Oldham Era
By Bobbie Curd
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

After being on hiatus last year due to the pandemic, La Grange’s infamous Chocolate Crawl returns Feb. 12, offering couples, families and friends a chance to stroll downtown and pick up sweet treats throughout the course.

Chocolate Crawl tickets are sold out, but tickets for JD Shelburne are still available.

But the crawl is not all that will be offered — organizers upped the ante this year, creating a lineup of events spanning from Friday evening through Sunday to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s all a part of Ooh La La La Grange, a collaborative effort to offer fun while encouraging support of local businesses during tourism’s down-time of the year.

Teresa Boling, executive director for the Main Street Program and Tourism for La Grange, says there’s a lot on the line for the event, so she hopes many come out to support and help make it a success.

“We’re making sure we can offer the quality Valentine’s experience people want, and we hope they come out to support that effort, and shop at local businesses, who have also worked hard to be a part of this,” she says.

To start things off, a special fine-dining experience will open up the weekend 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Gallery at Gatewood on Main Street. Boling says owner Julie Koontz has been very involved with helping plan Ooh La La La Grange and is offering a formal dinner in a beautiful event venue, including live music.

Renowned Chef Sandra Gugliotta will prepare two options participants can choose from for their three-course meal, each served with a choice of beer, wine or cocktails. Professional violinists Neal and Layne Green will also be on-hand to set the mood. Tickets are $130 per couple.

On Saturday, Feb 12, the Chocolate Crawl starts at 11 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Tickets already have sold out.

“The Chocolate Crawl usually sells out — there are 500 tickets available in total, …” she says, with 300 of those already pre-sold. “And some won’t be right on Main Street, some are just off it,” giving participants a chance to possibly visit retailers they haven’t before.

Boling says there are at least 20 businesses already in the works to participate, with more expected to sign on. And businesses have put a lot of work into making sure they can offer participants a great experience, she says, hopefully encouraging more to shop locally.

“After not having the event in 2021, the Main Street shopping district businesses are very excited for it this year,” says Jody Curry, owner of Mercantile On Main, and one of the organizers of the event. She says it’s an important one, because the funds raised go to support other Main Street events, like Light Up La Grange and the Summer Concert Series, for example, as well as helping to support murals and facade grants.

“Besides enjoying all the chocolate treats, it’s a perfect day to shop local for Valentine’s Day gifts,” Curry says.

Those with tickets will check in at the Welcome Center, 208 E. Main St., which she says will be handled as efficiently as possible to get participants out on the chocolate path, with volunteers helping to expedite.

Boling says the Chocolate Crawl has been a mainstay in La Grange for 11 years. She says business owners make the choice of what chocolate they will offer.

“These are their own unique, special recipes that are highly secretive! People have grown to just love this over the years, and we’re hoping to get some violinists that will walk around and perform that day, which is tentative, but we’re working on it …”

Boling says it’s not only a chance to sample multiple choices of decadent treats, for only $10 per person, but to wander into some of the town’s unique artisan shops. “This is a great event, a tradition, and one that’s garnered national notoriety. We’ve had a lot of folks calling us about it.”

Ooh La La, JD

And Ooh La La La Grange Live opens at The Gallery at Gatewood, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

JD Shelburne will perform with his full band as part of a special concert; patrons will be able to dance the night away with a cash bar.

Shelburne is a country music artist who grew up in nearby Taylorsville. He recently released a new album, “Straight from Kentucky,” including songs such as “Hometown in my Headlight” and “Church Pew Bar Stool.” These have been featured on the cable country music channel CMT, according to Sheburne’s website.

Tickets for Shelburne are $25 each, and Boling says they are selling fast.

Rounding out the weekend out, a free wedding expo will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at CityPlace Expo Center. 

The event will showcase all that Oldham County wedding vendors have to offer couples who are planning to tie the knot. There will be one-of-a-kind designer gowns and floral arrangements to peruse, as well as award-winning musicians and other talented performers available for bookings.

Other vendors include salons and spas, photographers, catering, guest accommodations, wedding and reception venues, honeymoon options and more.

Boling says that there are several restaurants offering specials for Valentine’s weekend, and area lodging will also be available at places like Holiday Inn, which is offering a discounted rate for those who say they’re attending Ooh La La La Grange.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any of the events, go to visitlagrangeky.com, and select “events.”



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