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Eye on the Arts: The Opera Society hosts The Mad Hatter’s Tea Social gathering


Marguerite Celesia, Willie Riddle, and Liannette Marquez eventually 12 months’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Social gathering. [Courtesy]

By Marc Gave | New Pelican Author

The exhortation “Let’s Go Bonkers at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Social gathering” is, in actuality, an invite to an annual fundraising occasion hosted by The Opera Society of Broward County. This 12 months, it should happen on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 3 to five pm at Coral Ridge Yacht Membership, 2800 Yacht Membership Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

The catchphrase comes from an interchange between Alice and the Mad Hatter on the iconic tea social gathering in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Mad Hatter: Have I gone bonkers?

Alice: I am afraid so. You are fully bonkers. However I will inform you a secret. All one of the best persons are.

Hats are an essential a part of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Social gathering. Pictured above eventually 12 months’s occasion is Gia Costa Daker. [Courtesy]

However you do not have to be an aficionado of opera or the works of Lewis Carroll to take pleasure in your self at this social gathering. You simply must need to don a hat – from primary to elegant to crazy – and spend a few hours having fun with your self within the firm of pleasant, enthusiastic individuals.

A Prosecco reception might be adopted by a excessive tea. Quite a lot of savory and candy delicacies might be served buffet-style: quiche, cucumber-and-shrimp canapes, triangular sandwiches, fruit-filled muffins, scones, miniature desserts and extra.

Afterward, there would be the parade of hats, with awards given in a spread of classes. Kaye Lynne Northcutt, a Society member serving as mistress of ceremonies, will current the awards. As a number of youngsters attended final 12 months, this 12 months for the primary time there might be a youngsters’s class. To keep away from any doable bias, judges have been invited from outdoors the membership.

The Opera Society is a membership group of some 140 opera followers. It was based in 1978 because the fundraising arm of the Opera Guild of Fort Lauderdale, which had been established in 1945 to provide operas within the space. In 1994, the Opera Guild merged with the Better Miami Opera and have become often known as the Florida Grand Opera.

Claire Crawford joined the board of The Opera Society in 2012 and is now president. She can also be a board member of Artwork Gallery 21 in Wilton Manors, and it’s from there that she recruited the 2 board members who’re serving as co-chairs of the social gathering: Constance Ruppender and Matthew Dreger. Ruppender is dealing with publicity for the occasion, and Dreger has been working with the caterer.

“Tea for a few years has been a profitable fundraiser for The Opera Society. It is enjoyable, entertaining. I am trying ahead to the creativity our members and visitors will train with their alternative of hat,” mentioned Crawford. “If attendees select to be within the hat parade, they will have about 30 seconds to a minute to speak about their hat.”

That is Ruppender’s second tea social gathering with the Society. “We exit these days and few persons are dressed up. This occasion provides individuals the chance to take time and current themselves nicely. The hats vary from the bizarre to the classic to the elegant,” she says. “There isn’t any opera carried out on the social gathering, however a pianist will present background music. And as an added characteristic, there was a name for individuals to donate their teapots to function flower-filled centerpieces, which we’ll raffle off on the finish of the social gathering as a further fundraiser.”

The Yacht Membership will little doubt be abuzz with humorous opera discuss, in addition to “Alice” references.

Go to to RSVP. Tickets are $80 per grownup and $35 per baby below 16. Checks can be mailed to Maria Salgado, 648 NE 25 Approach, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Name 954-292-4574 for extra info.

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