Treating our BFF’s (Ben Franklin Funders, or those that have joined Liberty Arts for $100 or more) to something really special one or two times a year is the new goal of the Liberty Arts fundraising committee. With this in mind, the first BFF Event was held on October 9th, 2011.
Members were invited to meet at a designated hour for an afternoon that was promised to “rock their world.”
What the members didn’t know was that they were being brought to a beautiful natural cavern perched high in the hills northwest of Grenada that was formed over 100 million years ago as the Klamath Mountains rose from the sea.
Greeting them upon their arrival was board member, Brian Meek, who gave a rousing walking geologic and historic lecture. After climbing the stairway to the cave itself, the guests were treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
The entertainment began as Gerry Smida played the Irish Harp. Beneath, the expanse of the Shasta Valley, once a vast inland sea, framed the cave edge and welcomed the BFF’s in all of its grandeur. Yvonne Underwood and Beverly Harlan then touched bow to string and filled the cave space with melodic violin duets, amid candles and fresh flower arrangements.
As Scott Durbin took the stage with his trumpet, a flock of migrating turkey vultures floated at eye level, swirling with the notes and providing another moment for us all to catch our breath. The evening ended as a ghost moon finally revealed itself while Scott and Gerry completed the concert with the sounds of their trumpet and accordion rendition of “Bella Notte.”
The Not Your Ordinary (NYO) fundraising committee and these special events, offered free only to BFF members, will be anything but ordinary. Our vision is to provide events that will: show our gratitude and appreciation to art patrons whose generous financial support give us viable guarantees for the longevity of Liberty Arts, allow us to have events without the hardship of soliciting, and to annually increase the number of Partnership Plus members.
Submitted by Board Member Robin O’Brien
Photographs by Nickki Lee Hill
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