Night in Morocco dances into Grand Lake |

Night in Morocco dances into Grand Lake

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Grand Arts Council fundraiser “ A Night in Morocco on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Back by popular demand, this is the 12th 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 handmade 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 dinner guests and dancers alike.

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. Her balance and movement while in full control of her sharpened sword blade brings applause every time. 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.

Sheik Jimmy Peterson will be the evening’s M.C. You will enjoy his introductions and humorous anecdotes. 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, an exotic salad, and rice, prepared by Jill Buckingham, 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 “Moroccan Sunrise” prepared by Crystal Myers our bartender for the evening — Yum-m-m! Food and drinks are being sold separately.

Tickets for the evening are $15 per person and are available in advance at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, or call Jim Cervenka at 970-531-8117 for reservations. 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 ongoing programs by the Grand Arts Council and their efforts to make further renovations to the Arts Center building. Seating is limited so buy your tickets early. Your support for the arts in Grand County is truly appreciated.

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.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House for A Night in Morocco.

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