The public is invited to the second annual Fall Frolic, the most important fundraiser for the Highland Community Chorus. The dinner/auction takes place at Lindendale Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7.
“We are excited about our dinner auction. There will be great food and drink, wonderful auction items in all price ranges, and a concert by the chorus,” said Luanne Murphy, director of the group. “We had a wonderful turn-out for our first Fall Frolic, and we hope for a greater success this year. There is a vibrant arts community in Highland, and we are proud to be a part of it.
“We offer quality choral music that our concert patrons seem to appreciate, and of course, the wonderful singers in our group love to prepare the music for them. The theme of this year’s Frolic is ‘Give Thanks,’ and whenever we think of things we for which we are thankful, our supportive Highland community tops the list.”
Some unique items will be offered this year at the auction. A working antique cider press, valued at $1,300, would make a great addition to the fall décor for a business, or as part of the landscaping for a home. Many of the auction items revolve around food, because we all love to eat and socialize. Three special dinners for eight are on the auction block. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be a “Dessert of the Month” and a “Cooky of the Month,” offered by members of the chorus. There is a “Night at the Chocolate Affair,” and the kids would love a birthday party for 20 children, donated by the Highland-Pierron Fire Department.
The chorus is raising money because it would like to offer more concerts that feature extended choral works accompanied by instrumental ensembles. Memembers performed the Requiem of John Rutter in June, accompanied by professional musicians. That concert was a highlight for both singers and audience. They will present a Broadway/Pops concert in May of 2016, with a rhythm combo, and are looking at a work accompanied by string quartet and two flutes for next season.
“In order to grow and to continue to offer beautiful music to the community, we need revenue. Our ticket prices don’t cover our expenses, so we are relying on the generosity of our community to help us out,” Murphy said.
Tickets for the Fall Frolic are $40 per person, or $300 for a table of eight, a $20 savings. The evening includes a catered dinner, a live performance by the chorus, and the silent and live auctions. It is not too late to get a ticket. Go to the website highlandcommunitychorus.org, or you may call Luanne Murphy, director, at (618) 791-8408. If you cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation, the chorus would be grateful.