Sweet. Sour. Somewhere in between.
No matter your feelings on Valentine's Day, there's probably a local event to match your mood. (Bonus: There's pretty much always chocolate included.)
While some area venues have already had their Valentine's Day soirees ahead of the mid-week holiday, there are still plenty of places in the Black Hills to enjoy a romantic (or not) night out on the town.
For those who'd like to face the day with a little laughter, the comedy "Love Letters" will be performed in Lead and Rapid City.
In Lead, the Historic Homestake Opera House is showing off its new black box theater with a two-day showing of the play, which will be performed in cooperation with The Bukit Lizt Players community theater group.
Written by A.R. Gurney, “Love Letters” is a two-person play centering on lifelong friends Melissa and Andrew, who reminisce about 50 years of friendship and memories.
A news release from the opera house says the play reminds audiences of the time of handwritten words, old ink pens and linen paper as the tools that allowed feelings and notions to be expressed.
"'Love Letters' is a lively comedy with strong pathos that will provide an evening of entertainment," the release says.
In Lead, the show is directed by Joe Saracco and stars Pam Wegner, of Spearfish, and Wilbur Newland, of Belle Fourche.
Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15. The black box theater, a more intimate setting than a typical play stage, is accessible via the back entrance of the opera house building at 308 Julius St. Each attendee will receive a rose and a chocolate truffle.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for HHOH members and $5 for students 17 and younger. Tickets are available at the box office at 584-2067, at HHOH office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or online at HomestakeOperaHouse.org. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Reservations are encouraged.
In Rapid City, the show is directed by Black Hills Community Theatre artistic director Zach Curtis and stars Kameron Nelson and Hannah Bowman.
The one-night-only show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the studio theater of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, which includes an intermission dessert. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 394-1786 or online at performingartsrc.org/.
Wine, chocolate and 'Chocolat'
If movies are more your scene, head to Hill City for a special showing of "Chocolat" in the tasting room at Prairie Berry Winery.
The winery's special Valentine's Day affair starts at 6 p.m. with wine and chocolate pairings, followed by the movie. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of a woman and her daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community (rated PG-13).
Tickets are $15, which includes the wine, chocolate and movie, and are available at prairieberry.com or by calling 574-3898.
Other Valentine's Day activities throughout the region include:
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Sing of your love: The Shrine of Democracy Barbershop Quartet will deliver singing valentines, a card, red rose and a box of chocolates from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $50. Call 646-2095 for scheduling options.
i h8 Valentine’s Day (for teens): Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Declare your dislike with an anti-love-day button, made at the CHAOS Makerspace at the Rapid City Public Library downtown, 610 Quincy St., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Main Street Full of Love Contest: Main Street Square, downtown Rapid City. From noon to 8 p.m. on Valentine's Day, you can skate with your valentine and enter the Full of Love contest for a chance to win a $20 Main Street Square gift card. To enter, contestants must buy a skate pass on Feb. 14, then submit their guess to the skate shack for how many Sweetheart candies are in a jar. One guess per skate pass is allowed. Whomever has the closest guess wins the gift card. Winners don't have to be present to win.
Lost Cabin is for (beer) Lovers: Lost Cabin Beer Co. in Rapid City. Featuring live music by Burlap Wolf King, chocolate, and Lost Cabin's new "Stormtroopers in Love" red wine barrel aged imperial stout. From 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; music starts at 5 p.m.
Hay Camp Valentine's Dessert Pairing: Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City. Chef Chris Roth will host the event, which will pair four desserts with lacto-hand-rye-coordination milk stouts. Tickets include a full beer per person and dish, and are $15 per person or $25 per couple. It is not a seated event; the event will last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Valentine's Dinner & Paint Date Night: Grap's Burgers & Brews, 512 National St., Belle Fourche. Hosted by Sip-N-Paint Parties on the Go and Grap's Burgers & Brews, this all-inclusive date night starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails for two, followed by a rib-eye dinner. The evening also includes a painting couples can work on between courses, then take home with them at the end of the night. Tickets are $100 per couple and are available at bit.ly/2Edz60w.
Thursday, Feb. 15
"Love Stinks": comedy show hosted by West Dakota Improv at The Basement, 632 1/2 Saint Joseph St., Rapid City. If you're feeling anti-Valentine's Day and need to laugh the bitterness away, join Greg Beach, Louie Nightwalker, Sheldon Starr and Charlie Martin for their reflections on life and love. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance by calling 431-6848.