Here's a sweet idea for a sweetheart surprise. A group of South Berkshire businesses is spreading the word on social media about a contest that awards the winning couple a romantic dinner for two at a mystery location and a one-night stay at the Apple Tree Inn on March 1.
To enter, a couple would submit a personal love story of 1,000 words or less to Classical Tents, the Lenox Dale business that has teamed up with the inn, Abbott's Limousines, Bella Flora, and Brenda & Co. Catering for the contest.
The idea, according to a press release, is to write "the most creative and unique love stories, so have fun. Be sure to include things like how you met, where your first date was, when you knew you wanted to get married, and if you can, include pictures or even a video. Essentially the more creativity and fun you incorporate into telling us about your love story, the better!"
The stories will appear on the blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages of the participating businesses, allowing Facebook fans to vote on their favorite. The organizers point out that the earliest entries have the best chance to get the most votes.
Stories may be emailed to Tara Consolati at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to P.O. Box 401, Lenox Dale, MA 01242. The deadline is Feb. 27. No purchase or payment is necessary, and both parties must be at least 18.
To access the contest, entrants and voters must "friend request" the Classical Tents page or Brenda & Co.
"Playdate," a dark, comedic web-series about motherhood scripted by Berkshire native Melissa Samuels, earned more than two million views in the first two weeks after its January debut on AOL.
Samuels, the daughter of Nada Samuels and the late Charles Samuels of Williamstown attended Williamstown Elementary and Pine Cobble schools, then moved to Los Angeles, where she began a career as an actress/comedienne before transitioning to writing for television and film.
"Playdate" was produced by Michael Eisner's company, Vuguru, and can be seen on AOL.
A previous play staged in Los Angeles by Samuels was voted best comedy playwriting by LA Weekly Awards in 2001.
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