Valpo's ice rink has been an engaging experience

John Nuppnau proposes to Sami Byrd at the ice rink in downtown Valparaiso.

Provided by Sami Byrd

I just wrote a story on Valparaiso's new ice rink, and how there have been at least five engagements since it debuted in November. With Valentine's Day on Sunday, Valpo Parks Director John Seibert said he wouldn't be surprised if that number grew. 

It made me wonder. What would be other areas in the region perfect for asking your significant other's hand in marriage? And I'm not counting restaurants. 

I'm going to jump around the region here, and I'll start with the Lake and Porter County Fairs. The Merry-Go-Round is probably the spot to do it. But the pig races would be more fun.

Pierogi Fest in Whiting. Have a dancing busicia deliver the ring. Or put it in his or her cup in the beer garden. 

Somewhere in the downtown square in Crown Point. How about during the annual nighttime St. Patrick's Day parade? 

Back to Valparaiso. Maybe in the middle of the Five Points roundabout. Or at Shoe Corner in Dyer. You can hide the ring in a shoe. 

Proposals could be done at the County Line Orchard, Albanese Candy Factory, Deep River Waterpark, the Indiana Dunes or Gary's Marquette Park or any of the beaches. On one of the many region bike trails. In one of the many region mattress stores. 

I would probably choose to propose at one of the region's craft breweries. Maybe that's why I'm single. Although members of the craft beer-loving social club called Girls Pint Out may not mind.  

Some Valentine's Day culture:

Best movie: "My Bloody Valentine" (the original 1981 version). 

Best band: My Bloody Valentine (and they're from Chicago).

Best album: "Hotel Valentine" by Cibbo Matto. 

Best song: "Valentine's Day" by Linkin Park.

Best TV show: "Cupid" (the 1998 version with Chicago's own Jeremy Piven).

Happy Valentine's Day.

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.