Saturday, December 20, 2008

BAC Holiday Party

Tonight was the Belmar Arts Council's Holiday Party. Just enough light snow was falling to lend the night the proper atmosphere. Once in the door, people could place gifts on the appropriate tables in the gallery-one for the grab bag gifts and one for the snowflake donations. The real action was in the back, decorated for the occasion. Two tables of food (one for entrees, one for desserts), with more and more items arriving as the evening went on, enough to feed the more than 50 people who came through over the course of the evening. A special treat was Chris Brandl showing up with some tasty crabcakes and creme brulee that he fired up on the spot. After everyone had their fill (and then some), most people moved out to the gallery for the Grab Bag/Yankee Swap event. About 20 people participated, all coming away with something. After that we returned to the back area to open gifts from the Snowflake table, inexpensive items that will be useful to the BAC, such as wipes, stamps, empty CD jewel cases, and a welcome mat. (Plenty more snowflakes are available to anyone who wants to come make a donation.) Meanwhile, we had live music for most of the night, mostly in the background while the crowd was eating, and later the whole group joined in to sing Christmas and seasonal songs. It was a great way to wrap up another busy year for the Belmar Arts Council.

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