Love was in the air February 10-12 during the City of Loveland’s second annual Hearts Afire Weekend. The event featured elements of fire and ice with live entertainment, outdoor decorations, and more. Businesses throughout the city participated with valentine specials and love-inspired activities.
One of the most popular event attractions were the ice sculptures. In fact, 39 ice sculptures were on display in the downtown area. Attendees could follow along through a digital map to discover the sculptures. Sculptures ranged from characters like Yoda, Loveland icons like bicycles, and designs representing businesses.
Other popular events around town included Cappy's Charity Date Auction, Fleet Feet’s Chasing Cupid 5K, speed dating at The Works Brick Oven Restaurant, dance lessons at City Hall, vow renewals with Elvis (AKA Mayor Kathy Bailey), pottery painting at Whistle Stop Clay Works, fire performers, mirror dancers, and the Eskimo Kisses outdoor game village. These were just a few of the many activities — it was a busy weekend in the “Sweetheart of Ohio.”
Hearts Afire Weekend gave back to the community. Cappy’s Charity Date Auction raised funds for the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation, a local nonprofit that connects women with natural options to prevent, treat and defeat cancer. The highest bids won a group date in Loveland.
“It’s incredible to see the community give back in such a big way. We really think it’s a remarkable experience to see everyone come together to have fun and also support local charities,” said Ben Capodagli, owner of Cappy’s.
Also, this year, the city and the Loveland Legacy Foundation partnered with the Loveland Stage Company, the local award-winning theater. Several activities — including a baby pageant and variety show — were organized as fundraisers for the theater's HVAC system replacement — an estimated $95,500 cost.
Click the link below to view photos of the fun:
2023 Hearts Afire Weekend Photo Album