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Friday Night Gala gets guests dancing for Springville Center for the Arts

JAZZING UP THE JOINT — The Hot Club of Buffalo played its Gypsy jazz stylings to add atmosphere to the event, getting a few toes tapping, as the evening went on.

SPRINGVILLE — The jazz stylings of the Hot Club of Buffalo tickled the rafters of the East Concord Fire Hall at the Springville Center for the Arts, as its annual Friday Night Gala gathered approximately 150 residents and SCA supporters together for food, beverages and two kinds of auctions on Oct. 4.

A silent auction featured items such as a boat tour, paintings by local artists and handmade goods to suit a variety of price ranges, donated by local artists and vendors. The ticket auction, with almost 30 items on hand, featured bottles of wine, massages, baskets of maple products, oil changes and more, provided by local merchants and residents.

TRY THE CHEESE CURDS — The Springville Center for the Arts’ Friday Night Gala included beverages and appetizers, to keep guests’ bellies full.

Organizer and SCA Executive Director Seth Wochensky said that the event was smaller than in past years, due to its changing from a summer to an autumn timeline and switching the venue to the fire hall, rather than the SCA’s main building.

“We didn’t expect to do as well, because we knew it was not as big of an event,” he said.

But Wochensky was pleasantly surprised. The event raised approximately $10,000, with $3,000 of that coming from the silent auction.

“We’ve been doing it for a few years now, so we know how to do it,” he said, as explanation for the increase in profit as compared to costs. “We’ve got a lot of staff, a lot of vendors we’ve worked with, over the years, and the people from the East Concord Fire Hall were just really great, really helpful.”

UNCOVERING THE COW — A cow-shaped sign, designed and painted by Tom Irish, was unveiled during the gala by SCA Education Coordinator Katie Kelly (left) and Diana Buchwald. The cow will appear around town, to promote the SCA’s next show, “The Drawer Boy.”

Midway through the evening, a large, cow-shaped sign was unveiled by Katie Kelly, SCA education coordinator and SCA volunteer Diana Buchwald. The cow, created by Tom Irish, will be placed around the Springville area to promote the SCA’s next show, “Drawer Boy” which runs Oct. 24-Nov. 3.

As the SCA staff tallies up the totals, Wochensky said he and his team are figuring out what their next step is going to be.

“There’s really been an explosion of golf tournaments,” he said, referencing the “swinging fore the center” tournament that traditionally has accompanied the gala.

I’LL TAKE TWO SHEETS, PLEASE — The raffle ticket counter was busy all evening, as guests purchased sheets for the ticket auction.

“Last year. there was another golf tournament literally on the same course,” he added.

Although Wochensky could not say what sort of event will be planned for next year, he said he hopes to make the evening more of “gala event,” with prizes for actors and presentations, as well as moving the operation back to the North Buffalo Street location.

“We may end up tweaking the whole program,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”


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