Female friendship trumps romance

By: Nicole Gnazdowsky

Sipping mimosas and having brunch with friends is a much better way to spend this years Valentine’s Day weekend for long time friends, Jalisa Bridges and Kate Stephenson.

Valentine’s Day is no longer only for those coupled off in your typical boyfriend-girlfriend relationships.

There is a new holiday to celebrate with your single friends – Galentine’s Day.

Thanks to the American comedy series Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day, a day to show your love for the fantastic females in your life, is being celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day.

During season two of the show, broadcast in 2010, the main character, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Pohler, takes her female friends out for dinner, showering them in gifts to show her love and appreciation.

There are planned events to celebrate the occasion on Feb. 13 in Halifax. Bridges and Stephenson say they plan their own celebrations.

“We’ve been celebrating Galentine’s Day ever since we heard the idea on the show,” says Bridges. “It’s not like it’s a sad singles thing, all our girlfriends who have boyfriends come out too, it’s just a good excuse for a girls’ day.”

Bridges and her friends will begin the day with brunch, spend the afternoon at the spa and then attend the Galentine’s Day special, That ‘90s Night, at the Seahorse Tavern on Gottingen Street in North End Halifax.  The night will feature ’90’s music kids grew up listening to.

“I feel like Valentine’s Day is made into way too big of a deal, if you’re single it’s a whole day to feel sorry for yourself,” says Stephenson.

“So why not turn something so potentially negative into a positive and hang out with the greatest people you know instead.”

‘90s Night isn’t the only local event held celebrating Galentine’s Day.

On Feb. 13 The Company House, also on Gottingen Street, is hosting a night of music by local female musicians, including Kim Harris, Tara Thorne and Dana Beeler.

The musicians will perform stripped-down versions of popular pop songs from artists such as Alanis Morissette and Carole King.

“We love our guy friends too,” says Stephenson. “But sometimes you just need to have some wine with the gals.”