Indian Peaks looking forward to Mardi Gras fundraiser |

Indian Peaks looking forward to Mardi Gras fundraiser

The staff from Indian Peaks Charter School in Granby poses for a quick picture at last year's Mardi Gras fundraiser at the Inn at SIlvercreek.
File / Lance Maggart |

Lent is right around the corner and that means Mardi Gras celebrations are close at hand, including the one put on each year by Indian Peaks Charter School.

The charter school institution based in Granby will hold its annual Mardi Gras school fundraiser next Thursday on the first day of February, a little more than a week before actual Mardi Gras on Feb. 13. The event, which will include music, drinks, a silent auction and more, will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Inn at Silvercreek. The festivities will kick off at 6 p.m.

“The celebrations of the season are already taking place here at IPCS as it feels like a three ring circus pulling all the pieces together”, joked Elliott. “Our students are such an integral part of this event from preparing the meal, to radio ads, to creating artwork, and selling tickets. This adds an element of unpredictability to the planning, but it always comes off smoothly in the end and is a festive event that we love to offer to our community.”

The evening will feature jazz music performed by local musicians, steaming bowls of jambalaya served up by students, and a fun festive atmosphere for attendees to relax and enjoy the evening. While the fundraiser is explicitly for Indian Peaks Charter School the event is open to the general public and school administrators encourage the public at large to attend.

Tickets for the Mardi Gras fundraiser go for $5 for kids and $10 for adults. The menu for the evening will include jambalaya, king cake, French bread, and coleslaw. Students from Indian Peaks will be preparing and serving the meal for the evening. A full cash bar will also be available for anyone hoping to imbibe an adult beverage and event organizers plan to whip up a batch of hurricanes.

Local musical group Tight Like That, featuring East Grand Music Director Brad Pregeant East Grand Music Tutor Lynnea Godfriaux and former Sky-Hi News editor and publisher Patrick Brower, will be providing entertainment for the fundraiser. Also performing at the event will be the Middle Park High School Jazz Band. A dance floor will be open to attendees and a second line, a New Orleans tradition associated with Mardi Gras parades, will also be featured during the evening.

Kate Elliot, who serves as Assistant Director and French teacher for Indian Peaks, is helping organize the event and was very thankful of both the Inn at Silvercreek and Silvercreek Steakhouse General Manager Peter Colley for the use of the Inn’s facilities. This year will mark he ninth iteration of Indian Peaks’ Mardi Gras fundraiser though this is only the second year the local charter school has held the event at the Inn at Silvercreek.

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