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Romancing the Pen

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Only in Boise is it romantic to turn to your significant other on Valentine's Day and say, "Hey babe, want to go to prison?" That's because the Old Idaho Penitentiary is once again celebrating the most lovey-dovey day of the year with "Romancing the Pen," an event that invites couples to either enjoy a night strolling hand in hand or "find the true meaning of ball and chain" at the retired prison. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. and will offer Valentine's-themed games, presentations from historians, self-guided tours, a display of behind-bars love letters and more. While snuggling is "encouraged," according to the Pen, "canoodling is strictly forbidden" at this kid and singles-friendly event. Come for the stories of unlikely romance, stay for the free hot chocolate.

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