ROMANCE IN THE AIR Rosman
Gaze at the stars Friday
For an out-of-this-world celebration, head to Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute for a night of romantic stories involving the constellations of the night sky. The 6 p.m. Friday event includes dinner and a tour of the PARI campus in Rosman, about 30 miles southwest of Asheville.
The cost is $50 per couple; seating is limited. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Details/reservations: Christi Whitworth, 828-862-5554; firstname.lastname@example.org.
.Now an education and research facility, the institute was originally built as the nation's primary East Coast satellite-tracking facility.
FESTIVAL Savannah, Ga.
Mid-February weekend is for book lovers
The Savannah Book Festival will be Feb. 18-20, and authors highlighting the annual event include award-winning memoirist Tobias Wolff; famed Southern novelist Lee Smith; best-selling author Sandra Brown; Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and author of the new novel "Matterhorn"; musician and environmentalist Chuck Leavell; former University of Georgia coach and master gardener Vince Dooley; and Egyptian-born poet Greg Djanikian.
Feb. 19 events will center on Telfair Square, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at these venues: Trinity United Methodist Church, Jepson-Neises Auditorium, Telfair Rotunda, Telfair Sculpture Gallery, Jepson boardroom and a free-speech tent.
Presenting authors' books will be available for sale all day in the Ex Libris book store between Trinity Church and the Telfair museum. Authors will be signing their publications immediately after their talk in the Ex Libris bookstore
Also appearing will be Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. Rove, author of a recent memoir ("Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight"), will speak at a fundraiser for the festival, at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Trustees Theatre in downtown Savannah. Admission: $10.
Event details: 912-358-0575; www.savannahbookfestival.org.
FOLK ART Fearrington
Show features 35 artisans
Fearrington Village, in Chatham County, will hold its annual Folk Art Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19. At the show, staged in The Barn, you can purchase art directly from more than 35 of the Southeast's finest folk artists. Admission: $5.
On Feb. 18 (a Friday), a Collector's Preview will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $25.
Details on the show and preview: 919- 542-2121;
www.fearrington.com (click "Village," then "Events").
WEAVE IT Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Learn to make sweetgrass baskets
At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, on Hilton Head Island, will host a class on sweetgrass basket making. You'll learn about the history of the sweetgrass basket - one of the Lowcountry's best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker - then try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. Cost: $65; $30 for ages 6-12. Reservations required: 843-689-6767, ext 223.
The 68-acre Coastal Discovery Museum is at 70 Honey Horn Drive (at Gumtree Road and U.S. 278).