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

Please join us for our annual benefit to help support FAC’s mission and programs! This celebratory event presents 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
  • Hors d'œuvres, beer and wine, and desserts
  • The Silent Auction
Download the 2018 Benefit Gala flier.
  • Admission (ages 13+) $50
  • Children aged 4–12 $20
  • Children aged 3 and under free
  • Family maximum (all living at same address) $150
  • Tickets available at the door

FAC welcomes our featured artist, acclaimed pianist Jacqueline Schwab, who will perform 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 offers a variety of items and experiences, such as artwork, jewelry, handcrafts, ethnic clothing, lessons, outings, restaurant gift cards, and vacation lodging. If you can’t attend the Gala but would still like to support FAC by shopping at the auction, you can ask a friend who is attending to place your bid(s) for you. A sampling of items in the 2018 Silent Auction is posted below.

Framed 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)

Birdwatching walk in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown, MA with expert Chris Leuchtenburg, who donated and led a fantastic tour last year. Maximum number of participants on the birding walk is eight. (Minimum bid: $100)

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

Many more items to come!