Wega Arts prepares for annual bash
The fifth annual Mardi Gras Bash will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Gerold Opera House in downtown Weyauwega.
It will include the music of Copper Box, Oshkosh’s accordion-fueled roots rock band.
The event will be a winter fundraiser for the nonprofit Wega Arts.
The doors will open at 5 p.m., with appetizers and a cash bar featuring Central Waters Beer, Hurricanes, cocktails and also wine by the glass or the bottle.
Mardi Gras beads and masks will be handed out to all who attend, with many people bringing their own masks each year and dressing in color attire.
This year’s Mardi Gras menu will be prepared by Chuck Spanbauer, of the Fox Valley’s Your Guest Chef.
The appetizers will include crab creole on baguette slices, meatballs with a bourbon sauce, brie with hot pepper jam and crudités with artichoke dip.
The Cajun dinner will be served, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will include chicken etouffee, shrimp and Andouille sausage grill, red beans, yellow rice, greens Cajun style and Creole gumbo New Orleans style.
Copper Box will start at 7:30 p.m., and their eclectic mix of zydeco, rock and jazz will draw people on the dance floor.
The dessert will be King Cake and coffee with chicory.
The finders of the King Cake babies will crowned king and queen and lead all in a Second Line March.
“And Copper Box always marches around the room. They just take off from the stage, which is a lot of fun,” said Kathy Fehl, of Wega Arts.
There will also be games and silent and live auction items throughout the evening.
The silent auction items will include a week at a condo on the beach at San Padre Island, a champagne basket and artwork.
Tickets are $30 per person when purchased or reserved by Jan. 27. Tickets will be $40 per person after Jan. 27.
People may purchase tickets online at www.wegaarts.org and at the Book Celler, in Waupaca.
Reservations may be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 920-867-4888.
People may buy tables of eight.
“It’s a very popular event,” Fehl said. “We encourage people to buy tables of eight. Then we will save the table for you. Otherwise, you’ll have to grab tables wherever you can.”
Crossroads Care Center will be one of the sponsors of the Mardi Gras Bash, and Wega Arts will have a number of other events throughout the year.
Their schedule will include hosting the Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club’s International Dinner on April 15, the Swing Time Big Band Concert on April 30, a new narrative film workshop in the summer, the clam bake in August, Lou and Peter Berryman in the fall, followed by the annual film festival.
Fehl said the new film workshop will be for middle and high school students.
“We’re going to make a short film and put it in the (film) festival,” she said.
Wega Arts is also already looking forward to 2017, which is when it will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
“We’re excited about it,” Fehl said.