By Alicia Dziak
Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) will kick off summer with its annual Gala and Mini-Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 18.
“The funding from the gala primarily supports our summer youth programs,” explained Seth Wochensky, executive director of the SCA. “Our youth workshops span ages 2-22 and include stop motion animation, mini-makers, musical theater and more.”
In describing this year’s Gala, Wochensky noted, “The event continues to evolve.”
The event is starting earlier than in years past, to showcase the ribbon cutting for the Center’s new elevator. County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be present to cut the ribbon on the Center’s newly-installed elevator at 6 p.m.
The Gala layout will be a bit different as well. “We will not have one large tent this year, but several smaller ones instead,” Wochensky said. “We’re hoping to show off the inside of the gallery a little more.”
The Gala will feature plenty of live music. The event will open with the old-time hammered dulcimer sounds of Partners In Time. LeeRon Zydeco will perform an upbeat, spicy mix of Zydeco, Cajun, Caribbean, Blues, Tex-Mex and New Orleans, pumping out of big box accordion. The Buffalo Tango Orkestra will bring Argentine tango with strings, piano, and upright bass led by bandoneon and vocals that rise up from a deep well of South American sorrow and soul.
With music playing in the background, people are invited to mingle and try their hand at putt-putt. Teams compete for the coveted Coil-town Cup on a custom nine-hole course.
In addition to the Cruisin’ Crepes food truck and pulled pork sliders from JoMo Meats, Sorrentos will provide fancy cheeses to go along with other hors d’oeuvres, and wine and beer will be served.
Other event highlights include a basket raffle and silent auction.
The Gala coincides with the opening reception of “A Special Moment,” a photographic gallery exhibit by View Finders, a group of photographers based in both Western New York and California. The exhibit is directed and curated by Bonita Chimes; this is the group’s 15th consecutive year of exhibiting at SCA.
While the event is designed for adults, any age can attend. “If kids like music and putt-putt, there is something for them to do,” Wochensky said.
There is also an afternoon family putt-putt option from 12-3 p.m. that day. Cost is $10 for a group of four.
The Gala starts promptly at 6 p.m. at 37 N Buffalo Street, Springville. The closing ceremony and award announcements begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, which include food, drink and putt-putt, are available pre-sale for $20 ($25 at the door) by calling (716) 592-9038 or online at SpringvilleArts.org.