Grand Lake " Grand Arts Council’s Night in Morocco features fine food, dance |

Grand Lake " Grand Arts Council’s Night in Morocco features fine food, dance

Cathy Walton-Smith
Special to the Sky-Hi Daily News

Once again the Grand Arts Council is hosting an evening of exotic food and entertainment. This year, the annual dinner and show will be at Caroline’s Cuisine on Saturday, Sept. 20.

A Night in Morocco will feature a full authentic dinner prepared by Jean-Claude of Caroline’s. Diners will feast in the opulently decorated banquet room and stage area. Dressing in theme is encouraged and will add color and mood to the event. Everyone will also have a chance to play rhythm instruments and to learn a few dance steps.

Chef Jean-Claude has hinted that the dinner will include couscous with meat and vegetables, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), humus dip with pita bread, Middle Eastern salad and baklava.

All will be complemented with an open bar and served up family buffet style while you are entertained by belly dancers from both the outside world and here. It is considered a compliment to a dancer to be offered a dollar bill or two, which may be tucked discretely into her costume as she dances.

Musicians are also welcome to come and participate. They should bring their own instruments and drums, tambourines, etc.

Rafi’ah, one of the Denver area’s most celebrated Middle Eastern dancers, will be the featured guest performer. Her particular dance style has been labeled as “liquid fire” as she has the ability to be extraordinarily fluid, possessing an almost “boneless quality.”

Her precision and technical skill give her the ability to dance with a passionate and spontaneous abandon. Her performances are deeply evocative and can transport you to an ancient place where you will experience the depth and mysterious beauty of this dance.

Rafi’ah has been a guest performer in Grand Lake many times over the past several years and we look forward to seeing her once again. The accompanying dancers are in Grand Lake for a weekend dance intensive to learn her techniques.

Event organizer is Cathy Walton-Smith, who has been a strong supporter of the Grand Arts Council for many years, and also teaches belly dance in Granby and Grand Lake. Dancing as “Kysheema,” she will perform along with several long-time students. Her passion for this dance form encompasses women’s health, knowledge of self, personal beauty, costume design, rhythm and the hypnotic effect of the music.

She brings this to share at every class she teaches.

Come enjoy this great show and wonderful food and participate or just watch and have fun. Tickets are now on sale at Caroline’s Cuisine, the Grand Lake Art Gallery and Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park for $40 per person or $75 per couple. There will be no additional auctions or donations requested at this event. Just come for the fun.

Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with all guests being seated for dinner at 7 p.m. For reservations, call Cathy Walton-Smith at (970) 531-3055. Seating is limited and may not be available at the door. Reservations or advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

This annual event has gained a reputation for fun, good family entertainment and excellent food. Mark your calendar for Sept. 20, and don’t miss it this year.

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