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Want to consider going to Oaks Park for Valentine's evening? People did, this year -- could be a new tradition!

DAVID F. ASHTON - At Oaks Parks Valentines Night Market on February 14, we came across Chef Jacobsen Valentine shucking fresh oysters. He explained that he gives cooking classes to low-income families, through his nonprofit organization called Feed the Mass.  Many couples choose to have a dinner out on February 14 – Valentine's Day.

But, this year, scores of folks, including families, came instead to historic Oaks Amusement Park's Dance Pavilion, on that romantic evening, to attend a first-time-ever shopping bazaar called the "Valentine's Night Market".

"Night markets certainly are not new, but we decided to try out the new concept of hosting a Valentine's Night Market here," remarked Sami Sattva of "The Daydream Agency". "Because our partner, 'Events in the Northwest', has a relationship with The Oaks, we thought we'd host it here!

"We are supporting local artists, creators, and vendors, by creating this 'shop local' venue," Sattva told THE BEE. "We also wanted to have a family-friendly event where there is lots of free parking, and is free to enter – something a little bit more low-key. But there is also beer and wine here, fresh oysters, and a local caterer; and the vendors get to sell their art!"

Visitors mingled and browsed extensively among the 45 booths set up inside the historic Dance Pavilion building that evening.

"The best part is being able to bring people together in a place where they can gather, and disconnect from their phones and the Internet, and just enjoy a nice evening," Sattva smiled.


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