Mardi Gras, Celtic music and one act plays are on the agenda for Wega Arts during the first half of 2014.
Tickets are on sale for the third annual Mardi Gras Bash.
The winter fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the Gerold Opera House in downtown Weyauwega.
Taking the stage again this year will be the band Copper Box, of Oshkosh.
“They were very well received last year,” said Kathy Fehl, who is the artistic director of Wega Arts.
The opera house will open at 5 p.m. with appetizers, followed by dinner and the music of Copper Box.
Later, the band will play for the “Second Line March.” The first man and woman to find babies in the King Cake will lead the march as king and queen.
The evening will feature a Cajun dinner by Rockman’s Catering, of Plover.
“The caterer we’re working with studied with Chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans, and he’s making some of his favorite Cajun dishes,” Fehl said.
Tickets are $35 and are available online at www.wegaarts.org and also at the Coffee Klatsch, in Weyauwega, and the Book Cellar, in Waupaca.
The deadine to purchase tickets is Feb. 26, and Fehl said people may also buy a table.
“They’re going fast,” she said of tickets.
There will be two cash bar stations at this year’s Mardi Gras Bash, featuring Hurricanes and beer from Central Waters Brewery.
The event will also include a 50/50 raffle and auction. Among the auction items will be a full wine rack and a weekend in Door County.
“This is a benefit, a fundraiser for Wega Arts to help us with our programming,” said Fehl. “Come in costume if you want to.”
Beads and masks will be provided.
A night for all
On Saturday, March 15, Wega Arts and the Wolf River Optimist Club will host a family, multi-generational dance, at the Gerold.
The Crossing, a Celtic band from Chicago, will play.
Tickets are $5.
The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and will also include Weyauwega-Fremont High School’s comedy troupe, “Punchline!”
Snacks will be available.
Visit www.wegaarts.org for additional details.
A new venture
The Gerold Opera House will be the site of a Fox Valley Technical College two-day workshop in mid-March.
Last week, the technical college announced the expansion of a program designed to help grow small businesses in Waupaca County.
It is the Venture Center’s Pro-Seed: Small Business, Design, Plan and Grow program for the greater Waupaca area.
Fehl previously completed a Pro-Seed pilot program offered by the Venture Center.
The two-day workshop will be limited to 10 business owners.
One act festival
Planning is also under way for Wega Arts One Act Play Festival.
Fehl said this year’s festival will be held June 26-29.
“New this year is we’re having a separate program focusing on plays from young writers, age 12 to 20,” she said. “If anyone has a play to submit, go to the website. We will also need actors and set builders.”
The one act play festival is being made possible by a grant from the Waupaca Area Community Foundation.
Yet one other event being planned at the Gerold is the spring concert of the Waupaca Area Orchestra.