Springville Center for the Arts Friday night gala hits a hole in one
“If I had to guess, I’d say we’re bigger than last year,” said Board Member Mark Higgins. “We sold tickets online and gave a number to sponsors and performance groups, so it’s hard to say exactly. But we have 18 more golfers than last year, with more golfers than ever before.”
The event included performances by the Springville Jazz Orchestra, Western New York Fiddle Kids and others, with guest appearances by a trio of young Rince Na Tierna Irish dancers and a demonstration by the SCA’s quartet of summer interns.
Emcee Mike Baronich directed the events of the evening, which included an official unveiling of the SCA’s upcoming live theater season, several drawings for basket items throughout the evening and, to cap it all off, a golf ball drop to tie the gala and the golf tournament together.
This was the first year that featured the ball drop contraption, created by Jay Biscup and Higgins and decorated by local artist Tom Irish. It came out of an idea Joe Giroux picked up at a tournament in Potsdam, according to Higgins.
The portable green featured a Concord Crest golf flag, a nod to the location of the tournament the following day.
Approximately 88 local businesses helped out with the function, either by providing auction items or sponsoring the tournament.
Higgins said that the gala is one way in which the SCA hopes to highlight the local arts scene in Springville, as well as a means to draw in out-of-town people, who may not realize the wealth of artistic options the village has to offer.
“We have lots of great local artists, and it’s not just the [SCA],” he explained. “We want to draw people out of the city, raise awareness and make this a local arts destination. [The gala] shows that we’re doing something down here, that stuff is happening. We’re not just a cow town.”
“We’re as much an education center as anything else,” Higgins said. “We want people to know that there are things going on here all the time, not just our performances a few times a year. We want people to come in, check us out and see what [SCA] is all about.”
As the sun set behind the steeple of the converted church that houses the SCA, Judy Wright crooned to the tunes of the Springville Jazz Orchestra, followed by Ted Winkey’s take on Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way.” Party-goers swayed along to the singing and mingled well into the night, all to support the arts in Springville.
More information on the SCA and its upcoming programs can be found online at www.springvillearts.org, by calling 592-9038 or visiting the center at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville.