Saturday, March 24 – Participation: Circus of the Surreal
Maitland Art Center
231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland
407-539-2181 ext. 262
We rarely choose high-dollar fundraising parties as our Selections of the Week for a couple of reasons. One, we figure you’re as broke as we are (please allow us to preserve this illusion) and two, they don’t usually look like much fun. Banquet tables, rubber chicken, dreary self-congratulatory speeches; unless you get a hot cater-waiter, it can be a dull affair. Maitland Art & History Museums’ circus-themed gala, though, shows a little more promise. Your Benjamin will net you not just dinner and the virtuous glow that comes with supporting a local nonprofit, but the company of, and a uniquely themed table-scape created by, a local artist. Creative souls AHLIN, Cheryl Bogdanowitsch, Matt Charlan, Richard Colvin, Cherie Dacko, Martha Lent, Martha Jo Mahoney, Robert and Carla Poindexter, Rob Reedy, Dawn Schreiner, Randall and Cheryl Smith, Andrew Spear, Trent Tomengo and Camilo Velásquez will be your cruise directors; ringleader John DiDonna and performers from his Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) will provide surreal and beautiful entertainment; a silent art auction will enable you to further empty your pockets. Everybody wins. – Jessica Bryce Young
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