On June 2 the Village Playhouse in Bancroft is being transformed into a multi-level party venue, complete with European flair, to host the Fête des Arts. The joint fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Bancroft and Hospice North Hastings promises a night of live music, dancing, and networking in all areas of the downtown theatre.
Volunteers from both organizations will be celebrated at the event and caricatures will be on display that have been created by artist, Arne Roosman. The Fête des Arts also promises both a live and a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres by Pat Huddard will be served all night to keep party guests energized at the licensed event.
Heather Brough is the coordinator of Hospice North Hastings and she says the event is going to appeal to those who enjoy mixing and mingling at an event.
“By turning the whole theatre into event space it’s like we’ll be hosting a number of different parties all under one roof,” Brough says. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our volunteers and welcoming the community into this gem of a theatre.”
Brough says the Playhouse provides a great backdrop for the event.
“For those who like live music and dancing, they definitely want to spend time in the main auditorium and for those who are looking to have a more intimate conversation – the green room and the bar will be open to party guests,” Brough says. “Our patios will be open and our whole building is licensed so patrons can wander around with cocktails and food all night.”
C.T. Rowe will be playing in the Playhouse bar with Juno Award winner Dianne Winmill and the Coe Hill Girls will be leading the dancing in the main auditorium with their mix of piano, guitar and vocals.
Barb Allport is the president of the Art Gallery of Bancroft and she says the event will be a great time to renew friendships, have some fun and let your hair down.
“For the first time ever, The Art Gallery of Bancroft will be presenting some of its cherished pieces from the Permanent Collection,” Allport says. “They will be offered up for sale in a silent auction format. Among some of the important pieces will be an Arne Roosman (4×6′), several Gerald Humen and a number of historically important signed pieces from the Danish artist Wolmer Zier.”
Funds raised from the event will support the free programs and services that Hospice North Hastings offers in the community and for the Art Gallery of Bancroft, their fundraising efforts will go towards supporting the operation of our local Gallery.
Tickets for the Fête des Arts are on sale now at Posie’s, Harvest Moon, Vintage on Hastings, Hospice House, at the Art Gallery of Bancroft or online at www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca for $25. Patrons are asked to secure their tickets in advance as the event is expected to sell out quickly.