Great Date Giveaway: Dinner plus Riverdance tickets!


Editor’s note: We’re choosing a winner at random at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 15) and will announce the lucky mama’s name on Friday!

We told you last week that something big was coming, and here it is.

This Great Date Giveaway is going to send one of you to a fabulous dinner at Bordinos on October 20th, followed by theater tickets to one of THE biggest shows ever riverdance.jpgproduced. It’s so big that it has become a global brand of its own — Riverdance. The pair of tickets alone is valued at about $100, and we’re combining that with a $50 dinner value at Bordinos.

We’re certain that you’ve heard of Riverdance, but here are a few things you might not know about it. It’s a thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that tapped its way onto the world stage about 14 years ago. Since then, Riverdance has played more than 10,000 performances, has been seen live by more than 21 million people in over 300 venues throughout 32 countries on four different continents.

The crew of this amazing show has traveled more than 563,000 miles during their tour (which is like going to the moon and back!) Riverdance has appeared in some incredible places, including Radio City Music Hall, Red Square and even the Great Wall of China.

Of course, all good things must come to an end, which is why these tickets are such a hot commodity. This is the Farewell Tour for Riverdance. They will give eight farewell performances beginning next week at the Walton Arts Center, from October 20th through October 25th. Click on the photo above to visit the Walton Arts Center website for more info on show times and tickets. 

Composed by Bill Whelan and produced by Moya Doherty, Riverdance has earned some amazing reviews from critics worldwide. The Washington Post says it’s “a phenomenon of historic proportions.” And the Chicago Tribune says it “simply takes your breath away.”

bordinos2.jpgSpeaking of good reviews, we always hear rave reviews from the moms that we send to Bordinos on one of our Great Date Giveaways. The atmosphere is chic but not fussy, and the food is incredible. It tastes as good as it looks, and the staff at Bordinos knows how to take care of a couple who are finally out on the town without their kids in tow! (Click on their logo to check out the menu.)

Needless to say, this is one of the biggest Great Date treats we’ve ever done, so we’re excited about it and thankful to the mama-friendly sponsors — Walton Arts Center and Bordinos — who are making it happen.

HOW TO ENTER: Throw your name in our online hat by clicking the word “comment” below and tell us what’s great about a date with your sweetie. If you’ve seen Riverdance before, tell us why you’d love to go see this farewell performance! Or you can send us an e-mail at

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR ODDS: If you help us spread the word about the giveaway via e-mail to your friends, family, or co-workers, we’ll put your name in the hat again for every friend you tell. Just be sure to put on the CC line of your e-mail so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck!!


  1. We don’t ever get date nights, so a night out at the Walton Arts Center would be awesome!

  2. We get so lost in day to day activities w/ our 3 year old, we forget sometimes to take time for us. A date would be great!

  3. oh what a wonderful surprise birthday present for my hubby! he’s been working crazy hours for our little family of 3 (almost 4!). this would be so neat to win!

  4. My husband is Irish and we both enjoy tap dancing and who doesn’t love Bordino’s?

  5. Time alone (out on a date) with my husband is such a privilege – we went on dates all the time, spur of the moment before having a child. Now we have the sweetest 22 month old boy and are expecting our 2nd in May. It’s so nice to eat without feeding and being distracted by my little man, or having to cook and clean up! It’s definitely the little things that I appreciate.

  6. I can’t remember the last time my husband and I had a date night. Life is so busy and we forget to have a date night, this would be great!

  7. After having a baby in January we have not had very many “date nights”. This would be a great way to go out and reconnect with each other!

  8. I love how you always pick Bordinos. That is where we met on a blind date…..and I love Riverdance!

    What is so special about a date night out with my sweetie? Well, it is nice to be on a date with someone who misses the little one as much as I do and understands that a date night is much needed. Sometimes you need a little nudge, like winning a giveaway, to make you take one. Thanks for the nudges!

  9. The best part about a date with my honey is that I don’t to share him with 3 children.

  10. Life has been so crazy lately that we have not had any quality time together. I would love a relaxing night together to reconnect.

  11. My hubby needs an opportunity to make up to me for a crapola birthday weekend… this would be a good start. 🙂

  12. We are busy people just like everyone else! Unless we put something on our calendar, like dinner and a show, it’s impossible for us to find time for ourselves away from our 3 kiddos! I’d love to put this on our calendar!!!

  13. A quiet, HOT dinner with my wonderful Hubby followed by a show I’ve always wanted to see would be great!!! Life with a 2 year old and 5 month old with a husband that travels doesn’t lend us many chances for a date night.

  14. A night with my sweetie is one of the most important times in our lives. Time to get away from the busy life we lead raising our 2 teenagers. Every couple needs time for just the 2 of them to connect and step away from kids, bills, jobs, etc…
    It is so much cheaper than a marriage counselor and waaaaay more fun!

  15. What’s great about a date with my Sweetie? I think it has to be one on one conversation with someone who really loves and understands me. We don’t get much chat time with the harried pace of our evenings with the kids!

    Thanks for the opportunity for another great date!

  16. Riverdance is one of the best shows ever. My husband and I went to see them before our first child was born which was 7 1/2 years ago. We try to go on dates but seem to have all kinds of excuses for staying home. It would be so nice to see this show again and to spend time together with just us.

  17. I would love to go see Riverdance with my guy. I’ve always wanted to see them perform! And what a delightful, melt-in-your mouth experience Bordinos would be!

  18. My husband and I have not had a date night in almost 2 years. We have 3 kids and grandbaby that keep us very busy. On top of that, my husband recently had his leg amputated. I think we both need a break from all we have been through and have a nice nite out (especially to see Riverdance!) but financially we can not afford to anything.

  19. A date night with my sweetie is special because they are very few and far between and the only time we can talk without a little one screaming for attention! And Bordino’s is my favorite restaurant 🙂

  20. After 38 years, my husband and I have forgotten how to go out and have fun without anyone needing or wanting a piece of us for whatever reason. This would give me the reason to go and him no reason NOT to go…ha.

  21. Well to be honest I don’t have a sweety, so if I were to win this it would be more of a friends-date rather than a sweetheart date. However, it is my Birthday today and it would be sweet to win the tickets to this awesome show!! I’ve seen the known Riverdance performances on TV but never live and as an avid music lover I think it would be great to see the farewell performance. Also, it’s been months since I’ve seen a show at the Walton Arts Center so I am overdue for some theater goodness. Bordino’s is just the icing on the cake!

  22. What an awesome evening that would be! With two young children, you don’t get as many chances to have a romantic date with your husband. The music behind Riverdance is so uplifting. It makes you want to get up an dance with them. If it is anything like Spirit of the Dance from Silver Dollar City, it is a once in a lifetime experience. Dinner at Bordinos would be the icing on the cake.

  23. My husband and I have been married for all most 23 yrs. and we don’t get out much since he opened his own business 2 1/2 yrs ago, plus we have a 14 yr. old daughter so you know where all of our time, and money, is spent. I am still madly in love with this man and would love to take him out on the town. He looks so nice all dressed up. We would make very good use of the this night! I’ll cross my fingers!!!

  24. What’s great about date night with my sweetie is that I have a reason to get all dolled up. I know he gets tired of seeing me in my sweatpants and ponytails, but that’s what my mom-iform consists of. This date would be a fantastic opportunity to do something special for us, which we rarely get to do.

  25. I’ve been working a couple evenings a week and am pregnant, so I’ve been going to bed EARLY every night. It would be really nice to get to spend some quality time together without cooking, cleaning, bathtime, and bedtime!

  26. We’d love a chance for a night away from the kids! We love Bordinos + WAC and hardly get a chance to go there!

  27. I’m pretty much like everyone else. 3 kids, two parents working full time. No time or childcare for a date. It would be wonderful to have some “alone” time.

  28. A date with my sweetie would be great. It’s been a long time since we have gone out without kids to eat and to a movie or theater or anything.

  29. After my husband’s appendix ruptured earlier this year, he’s been through 2 surgeries in the last 5 months and it’s been tough on him! He’s better now but it would be wonderful to have a date night & this one sounds like a lot of fun. We have a 3 year old daughter & a baby on the way in May.

  30. I just love spending time with my husband, he is my best friend. This would be a great date to go out on!

  31. The best thing about date nights with my wonderful husband is that we reconnect as Husband and Wife, instead of just Mommy and Daddy. It keeps us focused on our relationship, and, in turn, makes us better parents. Neither one of us have seen Riverdance before, but we have always wanted to. We were just discussing the other night if we could afford to get tickets. This would definitely allow us to afford to go!!

  32. What would be great about a date with my sweetie is he has been layed off for almost two years and just got a new job. This would be a perfect way for us to celebrate!!

  33. What’s a date night? LOL it has been so long since we have had time alone I have forgotten.

  34. Any time spent with my husband is a blessing. Just being able to enjoy entertainment besides our kids and having other things to talk about would be great.

  35. A night out without our 22 month old would be awesome! We’d love to see a play followed by a tasty dinner, especially at Bordino’s. 🙂

  36. My mother-in-law just called about us going to this show, but I just couldn’t justify the cost! What a blessing it would be to get to go on a lovely date with my favorite man…….

  37. uh . . .how about we haven’t gone out since my seven year old was born!

    Also used to attach orange juice lids to my son’s shoes and he would dance to the movie of Riverdance. He would run down the hall and make a grand entrance just when Michael Flatley was coming on stage. True story–great memories!

  38. My husband and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this summer. We rarely get to spend any time together-just the 2 of us (we have a wonderful 3 year old son) and
    Riverdance & Bordino’s would be amazing!!!

  39. A special date night alone with my husband would be so wonderful. We have 3 precious little blessings under the age of 5 and I am a stay at home mom. So an evening out sounds refreshing, and exciting!

  40. Great night out for us, as my husband is from Ireland. Gotta love those jigs and reels…

  41. Date nights at our house are few and far between. With four kids who are active in dance, piano, football, and motocross racing – we do good to hold hands at the rare times we sit down together at the table for a homecooked meal. A night out would be great!

  42. My two-year-old son just got out of a body cast from a broken femur one week ago, today. He just took his first steps (again) last night! Needless to say, we haven’t been out much in the last six weeks and that means there hasn’t been much “foots-y” being played under any tables. We’d love a night out to do just that. Riverdance-style, no less!

  43. Date night with my wonderful husband is great because it is a time where we can hold hands like we always used to do before a 3 year old. Now we are always chasing after her or holding her hand (which I love). It’s nice to hold hands with my hubby – like old times.

  44. A date night with my husband means enjoying and focusing on each other with out frequent interruptions or distractions. It’s a chance to reminisce and dream together. Besides all the sweet laughter and kisses. How I long for date nights!
    I have never seen Riverdance before or enjoyed dining at the new location of Bordino’s. What a great giveaway!

  45. date nights are few and far between since paying for a sitter AND the date are out of our budget. so at least this way we’d get everything but the sitter!

  46. My husband’s job is to teach middle and high schoolers in a church environment. He is always in charge and has to do all the planning. He pours his heart out with the youth in teaching, counseling, and spending time with them. This would be a great opportunity for just the two of us to spend an evening together and have some quality time. Besides that I have always wanted to see this show.

  47. What’s Date Night? (Ha,Ha!)

    I’d love to see Riverdance, but I’d have to go alone. Hubby doesn’t do theater. Or movies. Or concerts. Like I said – What’s Date Night?

    Good luck to all the contest players.

  48. Nothing better than a Datenight to reconnect with the other parent. Would love to have uninterrupted dinner at Bordinos and than see the show. What a treat!

  49. Hubby works 60 hours a week between two jobs and I am a SAHM. A date night to see Riverdance and dinner at Bordino’s would be a rare occasion for us. This would be great!

  50. I LOVE Irish Dancing. While I have never seen Riverdance, I did have the opportunity to see Lord of the Dance as when Michael Flatley was touring in PA years ago. My husband and I have 6 month old twins and a two year old…we haven’t had a date night since before bedrest!

  51. I’ve never seen Riverdace, but Bordino’s is our favorite! My husband and I would love a night out on the town.

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