11 Ways To Celebrate Friendship in February
Gather your Gals
By Ruth Diamond

Galentine’s Day – a day set aside to celebrate female friendships – is almost as official as Valentine’s Day itself. The holiday may have started as a plotline from the TV sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” but it has taken on a life of its own. It shows up on the calendar on Feb. 13, but we consider it more a state of mind. So here’s some cool ways to spend the day with your besties.

1. Go to Grounds For Sculpture after dark to see Night Forms. The exhibit, which runs through April 3, features video projections, light and sounds that illuminate more than a dozen of the museum’s existing works of sculpture. You can also warm up by exploring indoor galleries or grab dinner at the Van Gogh Café.

2. Celebrate girl power and body positivity with Laser Lizzo at Rowan University’s Edelman Planetarium. The laser show set to Lizzo’s music is the regular Saturday show at 7 pm through March 27. Tickets are $5.

3. Head to WinterFest, the festive 60-foot by 120-foot ice rink set up at Cooper River Park through Feb. 21. Don your skates (or rent them), do pirouettes on ice or just enjoy the fire pits, s’mores, funnel cakes and hot chocolate available for purchase in the lodge. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids 5-12 and for veterans. Skate rentals are $6. Located across from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, WinterFest is weather dependent.

4. Toast to enduring friendships at your favorite South Jersey vineyard – or spend the day with them tasting wines along the South Jersey Wine Trail. The trail features 17 vineyards clustered close enough to visit on a day trip. Among them, Amalthea Cellars in Atco offers tastings led by a professional taster through premium dry-white, dry-red, and semi-dry wines while offering an education in wine making. You’ll be moving from the vineyard’s 100-year-old horse carriage room, through the crushing room and down into their candlelit barrel cellar.

5. Take a sound bath with your gals at the Ocean Crystal Bowl yoga event at the Katz JCC Feb. 9 at 7 pm. Bring your pillow, yoga mat and/or blanket to take in an expansive inner journey with the help of crystal bowl sound frequencies for mind, body and soul healing. The cost is $25 for JCC members and $35 for non members.

6. Enjoy a night of Dancing With Local Celebrities at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Based on ABC’s popular “Dancing with The Stars,” the event enlists some of the top talent in and around the Wildwoods, who are partnered with dance school teachers and advanced students, to show off their moves on Feb. 26 at 7 pm. You and your gals vote for your favorite “Celebrity Dancer.” Tickets are $35.

7. Stroll through “Looking Up,” the Perkins Center for the Arts annual juried show. Now in its 41st year, the exhibit’s top 3 photographs will be selected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s curator of photographs. The show runs through Feb. 25.

8. Take your flock on a nature walk to check out birds that stay local for the winter. Every Saturday, from 8-10 am, Audubon Society naturalists lead birders around Cape May Point to observe crossbills, siskins, redpolls and more. The group meets at Cape May Point State Park hawkwatch platform. Tickets are $6 for Cape May Bird Observatory members and $10 for non-members.

9. Take in “Greater Tuna” at the Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn. The long-running, off-Broadway hit comedy features 2 actors creating the entire population of Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. The show runs February 11-27. Tickets are $27 and $12 for students.

10. Margarita Madness at the Gypsy Bar at the Borgata is another chance to toast friendships on February 25 at 4 pm. You’ll get a guided tasting tour of different tequila recipes served with a 3-course savory tapas-style menu. Tickets are $44.

11. Enjoy a classical music concert featuring works performed by Symphony in C on Feb. 27 at 5 pm at Rowan University’s Pfleeger Concert Hall. The orchestra will play works of Mozart, Haydn and Jessie Montgomery. General admission tickets are $10.

February 2022
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