FAC Benefit Gala: Making Connections

A fundraiser for FAC celebrating 42 years

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:30–11 pm

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

  • 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 online or at the door

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, featuring:

  • Catered hors d'œuvres, beer and wine, and desserts
  • Balkan choral concert by Divi Zheni
  • Dance performances by Mladost Folk Ensemble
  • Dancing for all to music by Yaron and Friends and The Next Generation youth band
  • The Silent Auction

The Auction offers a variety of items and experiences, such as artwork, jewelry, handcrafts, ethnic clothing, lessons, restaurant gift cards, and vacation lodging. Here is a sampling – more to come:

• A beautiful Spanish metal plate with the inscription "Salud, amor y pesetas y tiempo para disfrutarlas." (Health, love and money and time to enjoy them.) 9" in diameter.

Two hours of PC/Mac consultation with Al Murray, Let Al Help. (Value: $120)

• A set of three painted ceramic masks (from Mexico?), 6" x 5". A striking wall decoration.

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

• A catered event for up to 25 people, offered by Ralph and Jeanne Clifford and Anthony and Janet Yeracaris. Looking for a festive and easy way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion? The Cliffords and the Yeracarises will provide a feast of delicious food appropriate to your chosen time of day (brunch, hors d’oeuvres, tea, dinner), along with wine, cocktails, or beverages of your choice. The Yeracaris family will be happy to host at their home (bringing the event to your home may also be possible). If it would add to your enjoyment, background music can be provided by Niki Yeracaris. The particulars of this offering are highly negotiable, to suit your particular needs and wishes. A group of friends may bid together! (Minimum bid: $500)

• Afternoon or sunset schooner sail for two aboard The Black Dog Tall Ships out of Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard. (Value: $150)

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

Makala Shark bridge ukulele, donated by Joe Blumenthal and Downtown Sounds. (Value: $47)

Two Royal Copenhagen porcelain figurines in perfect condition. The blacksmith is about 10" high; the milkmaid is about 6" wide, 5" tall. (Value: $125+ each)

One-night stay at the Dancing Bear Guest House, a European-style bed and breakfast in the heart of the delightful 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 delicious full breakfast. (Value: $129-$149)