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The Great Escape

A Valentine's dinner and dance to benefit historic landmark in the heart of East Haven.

Where better to celebrate enduring love than in one of New England's oldest stone churches?

The Old Stone Church, 251 Main St., will host a Valentine's dinner and dance Saturday, Feb. 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will be held in the church's gymnasium. Dress is formal.

Proceeds will go towards the church's upcoming 300th anniversary celebration in October. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the church office. Call 203.467.2907 or event organizer Billy Chambers at 203.671.2933.

A buffet style menu will include chicken marsala, pork tenderloin, pasta and sauce and roasted root vegetables as well as dessert. Chambers said there will be plenty of games and raffle prizes as well as music by DJ Lee Dupree.

“The first 50 women to come through the door will receive a long-stem rose and baby's breath bouquet,” Chambers said. “It's going to be a lot of fun.”

He said this will mark the first time the church is allowing alcohol at one of its functions, but it is BYOB. Beer and wine only; no hard liquor.

This is the first Valentine's celebration at Old Stone. Officially founded in October 1711, the church was built of sandstone from a Laurel Street quarry in the late 1760s. The stones were put together with mortar from local oyster beds, according to church historian Peggy Thomas.

The dinner and dance are part of a series of events to conclude with a colonial-style anniversary celebration to be attended by state government officials and the Second Company Governor's Foot Guard.

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