Belly dancing, cultural music make up ‘A Night in Morocco’ on Sept 14 |

Belly dancing, cultural music make up ‘A Night in Morocco’ on Sept 14


Back by popular demand, “A Night in Morocco” is celebrating its 10th year as a fundraising event for the Grand Arts Council. Major changes this year include a lavish stage show, a cash bar featuring a signature cocktail to celebrate the 10th year, and a selection of hors d’oeuvres. 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 on Doumbek and frame drum; Korey Wylie on oud; Donna Lovely on violin; Tip Hamack on bousouki and Susan Flanders on 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 of her 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 emcee with 35 years of dedication to this truly feminine dance form.

The Grand Lake Lodge’s chef has conjured up a menu of hors d’oeuvres to delight every taste sensation. Guests who arrive early to enjoy the spread can sample the signature cocktail — a “Grand Marrakesh Express.”

In addition to the food, cash bar and entertainment, there will also be a silent auction full of 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. This event is one of their biggest and best. Donations from the following sponsors make this event possible: Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Mountain Bank, Gateway Inn, Mountain Parks Electric, and Western Riviera Motel.

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