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A Night in Morocco is as close as Grand Lake Community House

Cathy Walton-Smith
Special to the Sky-Hi News

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Tickets are on sale for the annual Grand Arts Council fundraiser "A Night in Morocco," scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.

Back by popular demand, this is the 11th year for this annual fundraising event. This year's event includes a lavish stage show, a cash bar featuring a signature cocktail, and a selection of great hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or at the door, with the food and cocktails sold separately. In addition, there will be a silent auction with many hand-made items created by local artists.

Special guest musicians, the Fellaheen Ensemble, will play throughout the evening. This group of talented musicians plays traditional instruments. Featured, are Ken Kohl: Doumbek and Frame Drum, Korey Wylie: Oud, Donna Lovely: Violin, Tip Hamack: Bousouki, Susan Flanders: Doumbek. The subtle nuances and harmonies of the Middle Eastern, Turkish and Egyptian melodies will inspire the dinner guests and dancers alike. Juliet Shams will also open the show with a vocal selection of ethnic folk songs.

Rafi'ah, one of the Denver area's most celebrated Belly Dancers, will be headlining the show. She is a Grand Lake favorite, having performed at this event every year. Her serpentine dance style has been labeled "liquid fire." She amazes her audience every time with her extraordinarily fluid movement, literally floating with her silk veils. Rafi'ah will transport you to an ancient time and place where you will experience the depth and mysterious beauty that is belly dance.

In addition, there will also be performances by other guest belly dancers from around Colorado. The differences in style from modern cabaret to tribal and everything in between will make this an exciting and entertaining evening. Local dancer and dance teacher Cathy Walton-Smith will be the evening's master of ceremonies. With over 35 years of dedication to this truly feminine dance form, she has hosted this event for the past 10 years and brings the other dancers here every year for a chance to perform and study in our inspiring mountains.

Grand Lake Lodge's chef has let the genie out of the bottle and conjured up a variety of shish kebabs. In addition, there will be hummus, carrot salad, and rice to round out the menu and delight every taste sensation. Be sure to come early enough to enjoy the spread and sample the signature cocktail — a Grand Marrakech Express. Food and drinks are being sold separately.

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Tickets are available in advance at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or on the Grand Arts Council website at http://www.grandartscouncil.com by credit card through PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. In addition to the wonderful food, cash bar and entertainment, there will also be a silent auction full of great items contributed by businesses throughout Grand County. All funds raised by this event will support the on-going programs by the Grand Arts Council and their efforts to make further renovations to the Arts Center building.

Donations from the following sponsors make this event possible: Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Mountain Bank, Gateway Inn, Mountain Parks Electric, Western Riviera Motel. A big thank you to them all in addition to the businesses and individuals who have donated to the silent auction.

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