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This Valentine’s Day, the owners of First and South in Greenport say they want women to take the lead when it comes to making their man’s holiday one to remember — so they’re going retro and hosting a Sadie Hawkins Dance Feb. 14. 

“Guys have all the pressure on Valentine’s Day,” co-owner Sarah Phillips said. “We wanted to flip the coin.”

Introduced to American schools and colleges in 1937, Sadie Hawkins Dances encourage female students to invite male students to be their date.

Ms. Phillips said First and South’s Sadie Hawkins Dance will commence after dinner service ends Friday night at 10:30 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. Tickets costs $10 per couple but the event is free to anyone who has dined at the restaurant in the past two weeks. Admission includes a free drink, Ms. Phillips said.

In addition to the dance, Ms. Phillips said First and South is offering guests a special a la carte menu all weekend with “manly” eats like fish and chips, braised pork and local duck breast. They’ll also be serving up beers from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.

“We had a really successful Prohibition Repeal party and it was so fun,” Ms. Phillips said of the restaurant’s decision to host a Sadie Hawkins Dance. “We just wanted to keep doing creative, out-of-the box, return to childhood-style parties. There’s just not enough of that around.”