COSHOCTON -- The weekend of Feb. 8 is a the perfect time to getaway to Coshocton for The Chocolate Extravaganza and the Sweetheart Big Band Dance.

Chocolate lovers gather annually for the Extravaganza (now in its 19th year) to enjoy art and musical entertainment while sampling fine chocolate desserts created by local chefs and expert bakers.

The Chocolate Extravaganza is held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Coshocton County Career Center, 23640 Airport Road. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 pre-sale. Call 740-622-0326 for details and tickets. All proceeds benefit the Pomerene Center for the Arts. Additional information is available at www.pomerenearts.org.

After the Extravaganza, it's time for dancing shoes and a romantic evening at the Sweetheart Big Band Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the nearby Lake Park Pavilion -- a beautifully restored 1930s big band dance hall. The Lake Park Pavilion is located at 23253 Route 83. Music is provided by the Lake Park Big Band. Dance to the sounds of Sammy Kaye, Glenn Miller and others from that era. Refreshments are available or guests can bring their own. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the door or by contacting the Lake Park District office at 740-622-7528 for more information. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Parks organization.

Make it an overnight getaway by spending the weekend at one of Coshocton's many affordable ambiance lodging options. From exquisite cabins, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, guest houses, and luxury suites, finding the perfect stay for a getaway weekend is easy. Go to www.VisitCoshocton.com for more information or call 740-622-4877 or 800-338-4724.