Night in Morocco features Rafi’ah |

Night in Morocco features Rafi’ah

Rafi'ah from Denver performs at the Grand Lake Lodge. Courtesy photo

The Grand Arts Council is once again hosting a Night in Morocco fundraising dinner with entertainment at the Grand Lake Lodge Saturday, Sept. 10. This evening of exotic food and entertainment will be the finale event for the season at the Grand Lake Lodge. A Night in Morocco will feature a full authentic dinner prepared by the chef at the Grand Lake Lodge. Guests will feast in the opulently decorated dining room and stage area. Loose, flowing clothing or Moroccan-style dress is best suited. Dressing in theme is encouraged and will add color and mood to the event. Everyone will also have a chance to mingle with the other guests and dancers and to learn a few ethnic dance steps.Our chef has hinted that the dinner will be an opulent buffet of exotically flavored meats with an array of vegetables. The dancers will amaze you with their hypnotic moves and dazzling costumes. 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 all 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 welcoming her back once again. The accompanying dancers are in Grand Lake for a weekend dance intensive to learn her techniques.Event organizer is Cathy Walton-Smith 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 the other guest dancers. Her passion for this dance form encompasses women’s health, knowledge of self, personal beauty, costume design, rhythm and the hypnotic affect 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 Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Lake Art Gallery or on line at, for $50 per person and $20 for kids under 12. In addition, there will be a great silent auction and cash bar. Just come for the fun! Cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with all guests being seated for dinner at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call Grand Lake Lodge at 627-3967. Seating is limited and may or 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 Saturday, Sept.10. This year’s sponsors, include the Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Grand Mountain Bank, The Sagebrush BBQ and Grill, and Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging & Events. If you have a donation for the silent auction, please call Cathy at 970-531-3055.

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