Flappers and fun focus of arts gala

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By Jenny Hartley

You may want to brush up on your Charleston for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' annual gala Feb. 9.

The theme for this year's bash is Flappers, Fringe and Fabulous Fun. The black-tie optional event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

The gala is the arts council's largest fundraiser each year. Last year's brought in $25,000 to fund the council's programs.

"We are very excited about the gala this year," said Nicki Amos, an arts council board member and chairwoman of the gala committee. "It's just going to be a fantastic evening."

She's excited about the theme decorations, and the speakeasy bar in the spirit of the 1920s.

"There will be touches of the '20s everywhere anyone looks," Amos said. "I've heard that a lot of people are looking for flapper attire."

The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar in the multi-purpose room. Another bar in the lobby will serve a special drink for the evening – the "artini."

Bands will play in both the lobby and the multi-purpose room.

Amos said the night's drawings include an L&C Railway train trip for six to New York City or Washington, D.C. The luxury trip includes a bartender and personal chef aboard the Henderson Line.

Those attending may also enter the drawing for a diamond bracelet, courtesy of Lancaster Jewelers.

Other prizes include cash and a weekend at Springmaid Beach, Amos said.

Tickets for the drawings cost $100. Those entering the train trip drawing will receive a caboose piece by local sculptor Bob Doster. The caboose is the last piece in Doster's train series.

And what arts gala would be complete without silent and live auctions for original art by local artists? Artists with works in the silent auction include Brenda Jones, Brittany Taylor, Tricia Farley, Tiffany Copen, Robert Stephens, Christina Chastain, Fran Gardner, Dianne Mahaffee, Alan Knoll and Barry Lockman.

Luxury gift baskets, party packages and other goodies will also be up for silent auction, said Christina Chastain, the arts council's programs and gallery director.

The live auction, conducted by Richard Patterson, will include works by Chastain, Doster, Gardner and Mahaffee. The live auction pieces will be on display Feb. 4 to Feb. 8 at the art council's gallery at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

"It's just going to be an unbelievable night of flappers and fun," said LCCA director Sam Courtney. "We're looking forward to a gala that's going to be even more successful than last year's. The committee has done a fantastic job planning it."

Tickets for the gala are $40 for arts council members and $50 for non-members, available at the Springs House.

For details, call Chastain at 285-7451.

Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com