Premier Dance and Tumbling performing a "Flash Mob" at Hearts Afire Weekend! Photo taken by Cassie Mattia.

by Cassie Mattia

Loveland, Ohio – February’s weekend of love was a success, especially in the City of Loveland as it celebrated its first Hearts Afire Weekend!

After months of preparation and anticipation, Loveland’s first Hearts Afire Weekend kicked off last Friday with a heartfelt bang! From the unbelievable ice sculptures to the Valentine-themed drinks and desserts to the plethora of activities local businesses organized, the city of Loveland and the community couldn’t have been more pleased with weekends festivities.

Although we will be releasing a “Loveland Hearts Afire Weekend Full-Access” article, which will include photos and videos from the weekend’s events, we wanted to take the time to share what local family, the Stang’s, had to say about their experience at Loveland’s Hearts Afire Weekend.

“Thank you for organizing and putting on such a wonderful Hearts Afire weekend. Our family had such a great time! My husband and I moved here years ago before the children. We were drawn to Loveland for so many reasons, like so many people. We loved the trail, the downtown, the restaurants, and the sense of community that Loveland had to offer. Years and 3 children later, our love for this community has only grown. This weekend (like so many events here) really showed how our town comes together and what a strong sense of community Loveland has. Our oldest goes to Premier Tumbling and participated in the Flash Mob. All 3 of my kids loved painting clay hearts and making pinch pots at Whistle Stop Clay Works! We snuggled pets up for adoption at The Loveland Stage Company and my kids learned about Myles Ahead Pet Rescue and now want to volunteer. Paxton’s was amazing for dinner (as always), and we ran into Woody from the Loveland Farmers Market, who my kids adore! We ended with caramel popcorn from Trailside Provisions, after making valentines for residents at Loveland Healthcare which includes my father. This morning we joined fellow Loveland runners in the Cupid 5k at Jack Rabbit/Fleet Feet. All the events were so much fun, so thank you for putting in all the time, effort, and organization it takes to put on a weekend-long event! Thank you to all the shops, residents, volunteers, restaurants, and of course ice carvers who made so many amazing ice sculptures! We love living in the Sweetheart of Ohio.

Kristen, Aaron, Treva (8), Lucas (6) & Nora (3) Stang”

Thank you so much to the Stang family for sharing those kind words about the city we love so much! We are so glad the community enjoyed Loveland’s first Hearts Afire Weekend as that is what it truly is all about! We are looking forward to celebrating love in the Sweetheart of Ohio for years to come!

If you have something you would like to share with the community please email us your “Letter to the Editor” so that we can continue giving those who would like to speak the community an outlet!

Columnist Cassie Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland. She is the Co-Owner, Associate Editor, and Director of Marketing for Loveland Magazine. Contact her if you are interested in promoting your event or business in Loveland Magazine. Cassie also Emcee’s events so feel free to reach out if you are in need of an Emcee for your next event, fundraiser, or sports-related competition. Cassie was just awarded the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance 2021 Young Business Professional of the Year. Follow Cassie on Instagram and/or Facebook!

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