Opera House to Host BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction Fund-Raiser

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West Virginia-based violinist Jennifer Wood is one of the outstanding musicians who come from throughout the continent to perform in the Opera House’s annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival. This year’s Festival will be supported by funds raised at a Bach BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction to be held in Fredonia’s West Barker Common on Sat., June 1, starting at 9 a.m.

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New at this year’s Bach BBQ, Bake Sale and Basket Auction on Sat., June 1, will be entertainment provided by Chautauqua Brass, a Fredonia-based brass ensemble. The group will perform, weather permitting, between 11:30am and 12:30pm.

FREDONIA –The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will hold a chicken BBQ fund-raiser on Sat., June 1, in Fredonia’s West Barker Common near the Gazebo. A Bake Sale and Basket Auction also will be a part of the event. All proceeds benefit the Opera House’s 24th annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival.

Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis says that the event is the fifth Bach BBQ event in as many years. “For something a little different, our BBQ will have a Spanish flair this year,” he says.

BBQ by Hector Alverio will provide the food for the event. Each meal includes a half chicken with blackened mole BBQ sauce, Spanish rice, green beans and a roll with butter. BBQ tickets are $11 in advance and can be purchased from Opera House Board and staff members, at the Opera House Box Office and online at http://www.fredopera.org. They also will be available for purchase in the park on the day of the BBQ at a cost of $12.

A variety of delicious baked goods also will be for sale at the June 1 event. And 10 baskets containing a variety of goods and services will be raffled off using a Basket Auction format. Examples of items in the baskets include: a stove-top popcorn popper with movie-themed items and Family Video gift card; a leather planner and dichroic art glass paperweight; a pair of framed Amish-themed watercolor prints; a collection of cheese knives and serving board with a bottle of wine and gift certificate to Reverie Creamery; an original watercolor painting by Vermont artist Gary Eckhart; a 58-piece collection of glass Christmas ornaments and matching tree skirt; and a Botswana agate stone necklace handcrafted by Erika Lynden of Moonstruck Designs, among others. For a $10 donation, supporters receive 26 tickets they can put into the basket raffles. Businesses/organizations donating baskets include Feather Your Nest Interior Design, Moonstruck Designs and Moosewalk Studio & Gallery.

New at this year’s event will be entertainment provided by Chautauqua Brass, a brass ensemble comprised of Erik Anderson, Devin Bennett, Logan Bennett, Bobby Fisco, Landon Gray, and Daniel Marion. The group will perform, weather permitting, between 11:30am and 12:30pm.

The Bake Sale and the Basket Auction will begin at 9 a.m. The BBQ lunches will be served starting at 11:30 a.m.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.fredopera.org.