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|Mardi Gras Party
"Laissez la musique continue!” Letting the music continue, the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale invites music lovers, party lovers and the entire community to attend its annual fundraiser on February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Hall. In the grand tradition of Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations, there will be food, music, beads, masks, lots of revelry, and honored Queen.
Feel free to come dressed in your finest Mardi Gras costume or mask and enjoy Louisiana Hurricanes, gumbo and fried catfish, and Southern desserts while being entertained on fiddle and jazz music. Bid on fabulous items including overnight stays at sought-after winery estates, catered dinners, cases of wine and helicopter rides. Purchase raffle tickets to win a two-night stay at the Bianchi Vineyard House in Paso Robles. (Raffle tickets may be purchased from Chorale members prior to and at the event and the winner does not need to be present to win!) Wrap up the evening of revelry and fun with hoe-down, heel-clicking dancing to the music of local band, T-Bone Ramblers.
Join the Chorale to celebrate and honor Helen Townsend as the Chorale’s first Mardi Gras Party Queen. Helen recently retired as the Chorale’s accompanist after over 30 years of dedicated service. Helen is a native Valley daughter. She began her piano study as a child, adding the cello and tympani to her accomplishments. As a student at SYVUHS, she was the accompanist for the school choir. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Music from Pomona College and a Master’s in Music from the University of Michigan and taught for many years at Solvang Elementary School. In addition to her music, she is an enthusiastic gardener and grandmother. Her sister, daughter, son-in-law and niece are also Chorale members. The Chorale is pleased to dedicate the party to Helen.
Reservations to the party (still only $40 per person) can be made at the SYV Master Chorale website www.syvchorale.org or calling the Chorale at 805-350-4241 through February 25. Some tickets may be available at the door on the night of the event. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Chorale’s on-going mission to bring quality choral music to the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, a non-profit community group, offers youth and adults an opportunity to produce current, classic and popular chorale music under the direction of accomplished and creative director Chris A. Bowman. The Chorale’s spring concert is scheduled for May 2 and 3rd and will include the Baroque music of Bach and Handel and a full orchestra.
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