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Encyclopedia > Valentine Bandit
February 14, 2007 at the Vermont State House. The Valentine Bandit struck early on a snowy morning.

The Valentine Bandit refers to an individual or group who each Valentine's Day secretly decorate the downtown area of the small city of Montpelier, the capital of the U.S. state of Vermont, with a flurry of red hearts. The perpetrator(s) remain unknown and speculation about what individual or group decorates the capital city before dawn each February 14 is popular in conversation, and local media, and over the past ten years has emerged as an example of vernacular culture. The term "bandit" is a misnomer as no law is broken, nothing is stolen or removed but the reverse occurs: valentines appear. In 2006 the same phenomena, also refrerred to as the Valentine Bandit, emerged in Portland, Maine.[1] The Vermont State House The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, Vermont, is the capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Vermont. ... Saint Valentines Day or Valentines Day is on February 14. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked {{{AreaRank}}}  - Total {{{TotalAreaUS}}} sq mi ({{{TotalArea}}} km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ... Vernacular culture is a term used in the modern study of geography and cultural studies. ... Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a 2004 population of 63,882. ...


History

The phenomenon began in the early 1990s near the corner of Main Street and State Street. The windows of shops were covered in 8.5" x 11" color copies of red hearts. They appeared before dawn, and for the most part were welcome and not seen as a nuisance. In subsequent years the epicenter remained the intersection of Main and State streets, but grew outward to include Langdon Street, Elm Street, and lower State Street near the State House and the Pavilion. This raised speculation that the Valentine bandit might be a team. In 2004, for the first time, the "bandit" applied banners with large red hearts around the base of the columns on the portico of the Vermont State House. They were photographed, reproduced on web blogs and on the website of the Friends of the Vermont State House. The Vermont State House The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, Vermont, is the capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Vermont. ... The Pavilion houses the working offices of the Governor of Vermont. ... The Vermont State House The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, Vermont, is the capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Vermont. ...


On Valentine's Day 2007 the phenomena became larger, and coincided with a dumping of heavy snow. The Times Argus reported "Despite the snow, however, the Valentine bandit visited the Statehouse and other buildings in Montpelier on Wednesday to put up large red paper hearts. Other state buildings, stores and restaurants were also visited during the night, with business windows throughout downtown Montpelier covered in the red paper hearts – a mystery that has become a Valentine’s Day tradition in the state’s capital city."[2] For the first time sculptural hearts painted red were planted on the public lawn[3] in front of the State House. A blizzard brought a fresh coat of snow setting off the bright red heart sculptures. The Vermont State House Sergeant at Arms allowed the valentine banners and sculptures to remain through the day.


References

  • Michael Sletcher. New England. Westport, CT, 2004.
  1. ^ Azuz, Carl. (16 February 2006) 'Perfect Valentine's Gift CNN. Accessed 2 May 2007.
  2. ^ Staff reports. (14 February 2007) 'Storm of the Century' hits Vermont - 7:00 p.m. Times Argus. Accessed 2 May 2007.
  3. ^ Wallace-Brodeur, Jeb. (14 February 2007) Valentine bandit strikes again Times Argus. Accessed 2 May 2007.

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External links

  • City of Montpelier website showing the Valentine Bandit's 2007 handiwork
  • Photograph of the Valentine Bandit's 2006 work on the website of the Friends of the Vermont State House
  • Latitude 44.2 North entry on Montpelier's Valentine Bandit
  • The Valentine bandit's handiwork on the website of Sarah Adelman

 
 

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