FAC Benefit Gala 2018: Roots and Branches

A fundraiser for FAC celebrating 43 years

Featured performer:
Jacqueline Schwab, pianist

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:30–11 pm

First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist parish hall, 404 Concord Avenue at Common Street, Belmont, Massachusetts

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our annual benefit to help support FAC’s mission and programs! This celebratory event presented talent of all ages from the folk community for a special evening of music, dance, and entertainment:

  • Solo piano performance by Jacqueline Schwab
  • Dance performances by the youth troupe Mladost Folk Ensemble
  • Dancing for all to music by The Next Generation youth band and Yaron and Friends
  • Catered hors d'œuvres, beer and wine, and home-baked desserts
  • The Silent Auction
  • Admission (ages 13+) $50
  • Children aged 4–12 $20
  • Children aged 3 and under free
  • Family maximum (all living at same address) $150

FAC welcomed our featured artist, acclaimed pianist Jacqueline Schwab, who performed a 30-minute program.

In her teens, Jacqueline fell in love with folk dancing and music in Pittsburgh’s “melting pot” (with weekly dances taught by Dick Crum) and then was drawn to Boston’s rich folk scene. Although these days she plays more than she dances, she is looking forward to reconnecting at the Gala. Her signature playing infuses the sound tracks of Ken Burns’ Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, and Mark Twain, among others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton and, with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. Jacqueline has long played for English country dancing with the Bare Necessities quartet, whose flowing improvisational style has inspired new generations of dancers and musicians. She has released four solo recordings and has performed concerts of her arrangements of vintage American music in almost every state in the Union. She lives on Cape Cod.

Our Silent Auction offered a variety of items and experiences, such as artwork, jewelry, handcrafts, ethnic clothing, lessons, outings, restaurant gift cards, and vacation lodging. A sampling of the 2018 Silent Auction’s more than 170 items is posted below.

• Spend a summer weekend in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts! This hillside vacation cottage in the woods in Becket sleeps six. The lower level has a queen bedroom and bath, sitting area, and utility room; the upper level has a queen bedroom, twin bedroom, and bath, in addition to the fully equipped kitchen, which opens into the dining area and living room. Outside the living room is a deck with a gas grill, and off the kitchen is a large screened porch. A television is available for watching DVDs. Attractions in the area include hiking, swimming, numerous museums (e.g. Norman Rockwell, Chesterwood), theater (e.g. Shakespeare and Co.), Tanglewood Music Center, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Offered for a two-night stay, July through mid-September, except August 24–26 and one week TBD. Donated by Carroll and Kathleen Tucker Gustafson. (Value: $300, minimum bid: $200)

“Beginner’s” oud, with a hard case. Donated by Colin Ferguson. (Value: $250)

Gift basket of tasty Stonewall Kitchen items. Donated by Barbara Jessel. (Value: $60)

Wool Bulgarian rug, 30"x55", purchased in Bulgaria. Donated by Barbara Pixton. (Value: $100)

Two Mahalo ukuleles, one black and one white, with soft cases. Donated by Irene Kessel. (Value: $45 each)

Gift certificate for two to attend a mosaic “taster class” at Mosaic Oasis in Arlington, MA. This is a one-time 2 1/2 hour class that introduces mosaic art, teaching the basics of cutting, color, grouting, and design techniques, to create a 4 1/2" by 4 1/2" tile/trivet. (Value: $90)

• Richly colored silky woven fabric, 72"x40", with a border design and fringes at both ends and a border pattern along one edge. Donated by Alice Johnson.

• Join Chris Leuchtenburg for a morning of birding in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA, a place esteemed by birders as the best spot in New England for enjoying the spring migration. This will be the height of the migration when warblers, vireos, orioles, and many others stop to refuel in the mature trees of Mount Auburn. We will meet in the circle just inside the main entrance at 7 am on Wednesday, May 9 and walk for two hours along the paved drives. Novice birders are very welcome. Chris serves on the Advisory Board of Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Sanctuary, where he monitors the 55 nest boxes and has almost completed a three-year breeding bird survey in a new Mass Audubon property. The walk will not be an event to bid on, but instead an event to sign up for; the cost is $25 per person. The maximum number of participants is eight.

Hand-carved wooden tray with small dipping bowl made of cow horn. Created and donated by Maurits van Geel. (Value: $50)

Two $50 gift cards to tapas restaurants, one for Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Waltham and one for Kika Tapas in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Donated by Carlos Reverendo.

Bruins hockey puck, autographed by Anton Khudobin. Donated by the Boston Bruins. (Value: $50)

• Colorful stained glass medallion, 11 3/4" in diameter, with a design taken from Greek embroidery of a mermaid holding her tail, which is a flower. Created and donated by Alice Johnson. (Value: $350)

Handwoven traditional Navajo “Tree of Life” rug/wall hanging, 16"x21". Donated by Robin Ellis. (Value: $150)

• New white Polish blouse (Kashubian region) with small blue flower embroidery. Donated by Regina Laskowski. (Value: $40)

Men’s Scottish wool kilt in excellent condition, beautifully made by expert kiltmaker Sally Dee in the blue and brown Holyrood tartan, 34" waist, 24" long, plus: a black leather belt with a thistle design on the buckle, a brown leather sporran, a kilt pin and flashes, blue wool socks, cream wool socks, and a bow tie made of the Holyrood fabric. Donated by Richard Limbursky. (Value: $200)

Afternoon easy bicycle tour on Saturday, September 8, led by Dorothy Bergold and Bill Fletcher. (Rain date: Sunday, September 9) This is a scenic 20-mile route on the Rail Trail in Danvers, Wenham, and Topsfield. We will stop along the trail to do the short Swamp Walk in Danvers and to check out the Wenham Canal. The Rail Trail is relatively flat with mostly a crushed stone surface, so a hybrid bike is preferable. The tour guides are experienced bike riders who know the route well. The ride will begin and end at Karl’s Sausage Kitchen in Saugus, where we will go after the ride for authentic German food. Each participant will buy his/her own food; Bill and Dorothy will provide the first glass of beer or wine for each group member. The tour will not be an event to bid on, but instead an event to sign up for; the cost is $30 per person. The maximum number of participants is 12.

Artisan chocolate bark handmade with high-quality French chocolate from Beth’s Chocolate. (Value: $32)

Czech-American style houska, a large loaf of braided white bread made with yeast dough, eggs, milk, butter, golden raisins, slivered almonds, and poppy seeds. Richard Limbursky will make it to order for the highest bidder. (Value: $20)

• Martha Holmes will bake a delicious chocolate raspberry cake for your special occasion. Serves 20. (Value: $35) This is one of four cakes that Martha will be offering as auction items; the others are a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, an ambrosia cake (orange curd filling and fluffy white icing with coconut), and an amaretto cake.

Multicolored 100% silk scarf from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18"x72". Donated by Diane Post. (Value: $60)

Red velvet jacket and skirt, purchased in Suceava, Romania. Donated by Barbara Gottfried. (Value: $60)

• Are they Masai decorative wooden masks or is it an African percussion instrument? We’re not sure, but they/it will go to the highest bidder! Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $35)

• Ralph and Jeanne Clifford and Anthony and Janet Yeracaris will host a Mexican Fiesta at the Yeracaris’ home in Newton, MA on the evening of Sunday, September 16, 2018 (Mexican Independence Day!). An abundant variety of Mexican and Mexican-inspired fare will be offered, along with festive drinks. Dietary needs and/or preferences can be accommodated. This will not be an event to bid on, as at previous auctions, but instead an event to sign up for; the cost is $50 per person. At least 10 people must sign up in order for the Fiesta to happen; the maximum is 24 people.

Reversible paisley-bordered cotton/silk blend shawl from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24"x78" with 3" fringe. Donated by Diane Post. (Value: $85)

• Autographed copy of The Cassel Collection, Volume 1: Original Tunes by Hanneke Cassel. (Value: $15)

• Small Romanian vest. Donated by Karen Edwards. (Value: $55)

Child’s antique wicker rocking chair (about 100 years old). Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $85)

• Decorative Japanese set of three stacking bowls. Donated by Janet Nelson. (Value: $40)

Framed poppy print from a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $40)

Six-week class session to learn Lindy Hop from Hop to the Beat Dance Studio. Classes in Newton and Boston. (Value: $65)

Embroidered linen tablecloth, 32" square, with four matching napkins. Donated by Lynne Janbergs. (Value: $30)

Four top-price tickets to the preview performance of the 48th annual Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice on Friday, December 14 at 7:30pm in Cambridge, MA. Donated by Revels, Inc. (Value: $160)

A tune written specially for you or a person of your choosing! Offered and composed by Alex Cumming. The successful bidder can choose the key and time signature and/or a mood or feeling. (Value: $60)

Contemporary glass vase with painted detail (circa 1987). Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $20)

One-hour massage from a licensed and NCBTMB-certified massage therapist with more than 25 years’ experience. Barbara Zeles will provide an hour of relaxation, deep tissue, and/or injury work to keep you dancing and playing music to your heart’s content. Medford, MA location. (Value: $90)

Moeck wooden alto recorder in a hard case, barely used. Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $200)

Hohner diatonic concertina D30/60/8L with its instruction booklet. Donated by Joanne Crowell. (Value: $150)

Small woven wall decoration from Peru. Donated by Maurits van Geel. (Value: $35)

• Delicious loaves of challah, made to order to benefit FAC by David Traugot. $15/one; $50/four (They freeze well.)

Wooden sculpture of a plover, created and donated by Maurits van Geel. (Value: $75)

Mexican woven wool blanket/rug/wall hanging with the eagle and snake symbol, approx. 57"x70". Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $100)

Full monthly share from Walden Local Meat Co., featuring 100% grass-fed beef and pasture-raised chicken, pork, and lamb. A monthly share (6–7lb.) includes a mix of steaks, chops, ribs, and roasts, matched to your preferences, plus ground beef and Walden’s Sausage of the Month... all delivered to your door! (Value: $79)

Fastachi “Tower of Nuts.” Three woven gift boxes filled with a variety of treats: Cranberry Nut Mix; honey roasted almonds and honey crisp pecans; roasted cashews, pistachios, and almonds; chocolate nut mix... and more. Net wt. 6 lbs, 11 oz. Donated by Martha and Ted Holmes. (Value: $120)

One-night stay at the Dancing Bear Inn, a European-style bed and breakfast in the village of Shelburne Falls, MA. Located in the historic Moses W. Merrill homestead built in 1852, the Dancing Bear offers comfortable lodgings with private baths and a full breakfast. (Value: $129-$149)

Four flamenco dance classes at Flamenco Boston, Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA. (Value: $80)

Knit and felted vest, handmade in Australia from local wool, mohair, and silk. Donated by Lynne Janbergs. (Value: $95)

Waltons bodhran, 16" diameter, purchased in Ireland, with case and beater. Donated by Martha Holmes. (Value: $85)

Decorative paper mache mask of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, made in Nepal. Donated by Janet Nelson. (Value: $25)