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Arts Gala and mini-golf prove to be a winning combination

Wet weather and building construction couldn’t keep families away from the fifth annual Springville Center for the Arts Gala and inaugural mini-golf tournament.
SPRINGVILLE—Despite inclement weather and building construction, the fifth annual Springville Center for the Arts Gala was a success.

“Given all the variables with the weather, construction, and the new events, we’re really pleased with how things went,” said Executive Director Seth Wochensky. This year’s gala was different compared to years passed, featuring two days of events, including the Saturday night gala with live music, raffles, freshly made crepes and awards. Other events included a youth battle of the bands, and a change from the traditional golf tournament, to two days of mini golf featuring custom made holes, from local artists and craftsmen.

“I think the mini-golf was very well received,” said Wochensky. “I don’t think people knew what to expect, and then they saw and played some of the holes, I think they were pleasantly surprised. We had some pretty serious golfers playing mini golf and they still had a good time.”

After a heavy rain dampened some of the turnout for Friday evening’s family putt-putt event, Saturday’s mini golf tournament was well attended. At the end of the night, the Emerling-Chrysler golf team was atop the leader boards taking home the inaugural “Coil-Town Cup.”

While mini-golf was taking place outside, the youth battle of the bands was jamming inside the Art Center auditorium. Young musicians from around the area were performing in front of a live audience and a panel of judges comprised of local musicians. At the end of the day, the rock n’ roll sounds of Satellite Nation won the $500 cash prize.

The evening’s gala event featured food, drinks, musical and comedy performances, as well as the first ever “Milky Awards” given to some of the local artists and filmmakers, for their work and support of the Arts Center. The night was finished with a performance by the Springville Jazz Orchestra.

“Despite all the construction going on in the building, the gala went really well,” said Wochensky.

The Arts Center’s historic building, located on North Buffalo Street, is currently receiving top-to-bottom renovations. Including a historical accurate synthetic slate roof, masonry work around the building, as well as basement renovations. “It’s been long over due, but these will be long lasting renovations,” said Wochensky.

Many improvements are being made inside the building as well. “All of the interior work will be limited to the south wing of the building. There are improvements being made to the gallery space, bathrooms and workshops. There will be a much larger feel when you’re inside,” said Wochensky.

“We’re adding a mezzanine gallery space on the second floor that will re-expose the stain-glass windows that have been covered for 50-plus years, the gallery space will increase to be twice as large, two very large bathrooms for theater events, and improved workshop space that will really open up some opportunities for us, it’s going to be really great space.”

The money raised from the gala accounts for much of the Arts Centers funding. Although the final dollar total is still being tallied, Wochensky thinks the new gala format is here to stay. “The feed back was really positive. At first, people didn’t really know what to make of it, but when they did they really enjoyed it,” said Wochensky. “There is certainly some tweaks to be made, some of the golf holes may have been a little too challenging, and it would be great to expand to an 18-hole course, but [mini-golf] seems to be the format we’re going to stick with. As for the gala I’d like us to create more of a program for things to run smoother. I think were getting together a winning formula.”


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