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Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret Melts Hearts if not Snow

FULTON, NY – In spite of snow and cold, CNY Arts Center’s Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret was a fun-filled evening and a resounding success.

Matthew Oldenburg pretends with his imaginary Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun in this song from A Christmas Story: The Musical recently performed at the CNY Arts Group Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret. The event was a fundraiser for a new facility for the multi-arts organization.
Matthew Oldenburg pretends with his imaginary Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun in this song from A Christmas Story: The Musical recently performed at the CNY Arts Group Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret. The event was a fundraiser for a new facility for the multi-arts organization.

In a vivid décor of purple and gold, more than 70 guests enjoyed a menu of roast beef, glazed chicken, roasted vegetables and salad prepared by Chef Joshua Lamb, with holiday pies from Treat Me Sweet.

Harpist Marcella set an elegant ambience by serenading throughout the dinner.

The fundraiser for a new facility was highlighted by raffles, including a 32-inch flat screen TV, gift basket bundles from area merchants, door prizes and a variety of entertainment.

Young performers Rhiannon Ellison, Kaylee Foster, Matthew Oldenburg and Brandon Webb each shared his/her exceptional performance abilities in song, duets and trumpet solo.

Former Fulton radio personality Peter Hunn delivered a moving Christmas tale in a story by Thomas Hegg entitled The Christmas Tea.

Adam Schmidtmann, returning alum from CNY Arts Center’s first cabaret last spring, sang two traditional holiday numbers, The Christmas Song and O Holy Night, then joined the full cast and audience in singing Christmas carols.

Purple and Gold decor are reflected through the strings of Harpist Marcella as she serenaded dinner guests at CNY Arts Center Gifts of the Seasons Cabaret. The event was a fundraiser for a new facility for the multi-arts organization.
Purple and Gold decor are reflected through the strings of Harpist Marcella as she serenaded dinner guests at CNY Arts Center Gifts of the Seasons Cabaret. The event was a fundraiser for a new facility for the multi-arts organization.

Emcees Alice Lamb and Nancy Fox kept the program lively with all the many attributes of purple leading into ‘commercials’ for CNY Arts Center programming.

From the meaning of Purple Cows to Purple Haze, the duo explored the many ways purple reflects the characteristics of the arts.

Gingerbread houses from the gallery open house added to the fun in an impromptu auction.

Laura Ingalls took home the coveted flat screen TV.

The unveiling of a prospective facility layout for the new location contributed to the excitement of the evening.

“I just couldn’t be more proud or grateful for the response both from those who attended, countless ones who volunteered, and the fabulous generosity of the merchants,” said Lamb, event coordinator. “Their support helped to launch our fundraising campaign and we had so much fun. We’ll probably do it again soon.”

For more information about the group’s donor campaign, visit www. CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.