Valentine’s Day dances headline weekend

Published 8:36 pm Thursday, February 8, 2018

This weekend will be the last before Valentine’s Day, and local venues are working to ensure that there are plenty of options for people young and old, in a relationship or not.

Fathers and daughters will have the opportunity to celebrate their relationship on Saturday when two-time Super Bowl Champ and LaGrange native Tyrone Poole will host a father-daughter dance at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event was created by the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation to promote healthy relationships between girls and their father figures for ages 4 to 84.

“I have a 17-year-old daughter, and I understand the importance of girls having positive adult male role models in their lives,” Poole said. “Many young women grow up without their father which can lead their expectations of men to being low, and this can make them have poor choices when it comes to men. Their low expectations cause them to make bad choices with men, and I believe this event is something that communities need. I believe building strong communities begins with building strong community events.”

Fathers (or father figures) and daughters are encouraged to wear their Sunday best for the event where “red carpet” photos will be taken. The photos will be free with admission thanks to event sponsors like Cricket Wireless, Country Financial and State Farm.

“It is going to be an event that will rival all father-daughter events in LaGrange,” Poole said. “I’m going to make them bring their standards up.”

The event will also feature a live DJ, food and prizes.

Tickets cost $25 per couple and $5 for each additional person. Funds raised by the event will cover the event itself and future events hosted in the community by the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation. For more information, visit

If you would love a preview of LaGrange’s famous Azalea Storytelling Festival, then The Taste of Georgia Storytelling at the LaGrange Memorial Library might be just your speed.

This year, Tersi Bendiburg, Jane Cunningham, Ron Kemp and Joanna Baxter will entertain the audience with tales from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the LaGrange Memorial Library and the Azalea Story Telling Festival and serves as a free preview to the 22nd annual Azalea Storytelling Festival which will take place March 2-4. For more information, visit the Azalea Storytelling Festival page on Facebook or call (706) 882-9909.

If you are looking for 90s music and fun, Wild Leap Brew Co. will host a Red Light Green Light Party on Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests at the event will be provided with their choice of colored wristbands to signal relationship status. Green means single, red means taken and yellow means it’s complicated.

The event will feature DJ Verse spinning 90s hits, Valentine’s Day classics on the big screen and one night only beers from Wild Leap.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door while supplies last. For more information, visit

However, if you are looking for a little soul this weekend, Frankie’s Blues Mission will be performing at Pure Life Studios along with Jontavious Willis on Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 206 Clark Street.

Frankie’s Blues Mission has been playing what they call down-home, roots music by presenting blues, jazz, R&B and zydeco in the African American tradition as a group for over a decade. In that time, they have shared the stage with a variety of blues legends and played at blues festivals across the country.

Also performing will be Jontavious Willis, a Callaway High School graduate who toured with TajMo last year.

Willis will present his unique brand of humor and blues to audiences of all sizes. Tickets to the concert are $16.50. For tickets or more information, visit

Next, if you have a yen for some more Mardi Gras festivities after last week’s celebration, Chattabrewchee Southern Brewhouse in West Point will be hosting a Mardi Gras party on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will include New Orleans inspired snacks, beads and Chattabrewchee’s own craft beer. For more information, visit

Finally, if you’re in the mood for a little dancing, the Active Life Center, located at 140 Ragland Street in LaGrange, will have a Valentine’s Dance at 7 p.m. There will be a free beginner Mambo lesson at 7 p.m. and the dance is from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cost is $20 per couple. The classes are taught by Cody Wayne Foote, an Arthur Murray trained teacher from Auburn. He teaches pre-dance lessons at the monthly dance each month.

The ballroom lessons usually include typical ballroom steps such as waltz, cha-cha, rumba, salsa and tango, among others. Friday’s dance will also feature a live band.  For more information, call Foote at (334) 663- 2408 or (334) 749- 2686.