Plan your date for the big night Saturday, Feb. 14, or any other night in February with these the five superlative shows to experience with your special person. See even more great ideas in last year’s article, “Best Date Night Shows For Valentine’s Day In Minnesota.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” Valentine’s Day 2015
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Southeast Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-4724

See the Valentine’s Day blockbuster movie on opening day at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Then enjoy a glass of wine in an oversized chair by the fireplace in the Wilde Roast Café lounge. Or you can warm up with your date by having some hot house-made soups at the Aster Café. Be prepared for a movie with steamy scenes and a rougher side of romance taken from the wildly popular 2011 erotic romance novel of the same name.

“Same Time, Next Year”
Pioneer Place Theatre
22 5th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 203-0331

Date: Feb. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 2015

It’s not often that the stage play is better than the movie, but this romantic comedy ran four years on Broadway and resulted in a Tony Award for the lead actress, Ellen Burstyn. The play has worn well and is ever popular, likely because the light-hearted and heart-warming start becomes deeply emotional as Doris and George share their life’s challenges and loss of loved ones. It all started when these two, who were married to others, have an affair. We are reminded of the sweep of history as they meet again, the same weekend each year, and each scene draws us more deeply into their lives.

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Alexander Ramsey House (credit: Minnesota Historial Society)

Alexander Ramsey House (credit: Minnesota Historial Society)

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love
Alexander Ramsey House
265 Exchange Street South
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 296-8760

Date: Feb. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Be sure to reserve a place or register online for this Victorian Valentine’s exposé. Learn the age-old crafts of courtship with flowers, love letters and gifts to gain the hand of a fair maiden. These gifts meant more than we would now know as they also conveyed secret messages. Hear the staff share confidences hidden in Ramsey family love letters and enjoy playing Victorian courtship games in the parlor as the hour-long program speeds by. Also, look for freshly baked Valentine’s Day treats to top the evening.

Victorian Poetry Slam
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. PaulMN 55102
(651) 297-2555

Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Join the perennially popular Valentine’s Day celebration reliving the romantic language of Browning, Dickinson, Longfellow and Poe. Relive the 1890s through professionals attired in the clothes of the day set in the elegant drawing room of the Hill House. While this unconventional Valentine’s treat is romantic, it deals with issues of war, sports and even temperance. Bring your own short Victorian-inspired poem to share with other guests. Enjoy fine refreshments and an entertaining tour of the Hill House following this one-hour program. Don’t disappoint your date and make an advance reservation.

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History Chef! Valentine’s Day Cookies for Kids
Alexander Ramsey House
265 Exchange Street South
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 296-8760

Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. to noon

Valentine’s Day is for kids too. Be sure to call in advance to ensure your children ages eight to 12 can mix, bake and decorate sugar cookies straight from one of Mrs. Ramsey’s recipes. Chefs take care of the hard part by measuring ingredients, mixing dough and rolling out the cookies. The wood-burning stove in the restored 1870s kitchen will be fired up and ready to bake as the kids tour the mansion to experience Valentine’s Day just as the Ramsey grandchildren did. The young boys and girls finish the fun by tasting their baked delights and taking some home.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at