Arts on the Lake celebrates its fifth birthday
Arts on the Lake celebrates with a day to night fundraiser coupling a day of golf with a party in the evening. Started two years ago by Mike and Cynthia Gibbons, the day of golf is played at the Sedgewood Golf Club. Following the golf, the “party at the boathouse” is, in the words of planning committee co-chairperson Jeanne Buck, “a great party with music, entertainment, good food, wine and wonderful people.” The silent auction, which begins during the reception at 5 p.m. already has, according to chairpersons Roy Volpe and Arleen Larzelere, items donated by Jim Dale, Joel Grey, David Amram and many area artists.
According to Arts on the Lake President Robert Bradley the fund-raisers are necessary to cover the annual budget gap. Although Arts on the Lake has developed a well-received program of performances, classes and workshops in its first three years, “income does not cover costs,” said Bradley. Having just completed a popular concert series presented at the Kent Town Center this summer, Arts on the Lake is borrowing space from other groups this fall as construction continues on the exterior of its usual home, the former Lake Carmel firehouse on Route 52. “We like to keep even our fund-raisers accessible to a cross-section of the community,” said Executive Director James Shearwood. “The arts are for all, and last year, with 150 in attendance, it was good to see artists talking with political leaders and carpenters lifting a glass with bankers.”
Admission to the boathouse party, which includes dinner and the reception, is by a donation of $50. The golf outing is priced at $150, and also includes the dinner party. Full details are available at www.artsonthelake.org or by calling 845-228-2685.