Mayor's Gala - Viva Las Vegas
On a slightly chilly evening on Saturday, January 18, 2013, impeccably dressed individuals sauntered into the Milton Centre for the Arts for the second annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts: a premier arts event that helps to raise the profile of arts and culture in the Milton community. The vivacious Las Vegas theme was on vibrant display and guests walked the red carpet for an opportunity to take a picture with Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz as well as two stunningly beautiful showgirls.
Elegant wine glasses in hand, people mingled and chatted, and although it couldn’t be seen, the energy in the air was powerfully enticing. “It’s a night of anticipation and excitement,” Melissa Janjevich said, and then added, “I think it’s so fun to get dressed up and be with friends. Supporting the mayor in this event is an honour.”
The success of the 2013 inaugural event incited many of last year’s attendees to return. As Virginia and Don D’Orazio expressed, “We moved to Milton four years ago from Sault Ste. Marie. We are huge supporters of the arts — we just love the arts. We’ve gone to a few performances at the Milton Centre for the Arts, and we’re excited about tonight and the great entertainment we’ll have.” Nadeem Dhalla, who also attended the event with his spouse last year, said, “The Mayor’s Gala is a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole community together — old Milton and new Milton — everyone coming together in support of the arts.”
The opulent dinner buff et, reminiscent of sparkly Las Vegas (two identical buff ets were set up in the Cogeco Escarpment Hall and the MinnMaxx Hall), was a mesmerizing sight to behold and an incredibly delicious way to satiate the palate. On the second level, attentive staff poured Peller Estates Crush wine as guests savoured their meals.
For those seeking a little photo fun, a Las Vegas photo booth, complete with props and an Elvis cutout, provided much amusement as people posed and laughed while the camera snapped. The experience served as a charming souvenir as there were picture printouts to take home. True to the theme, there was play money to be spent. The bills read “In Gord We Trust,” and they could be used to play mock casino games.
The telltale bell sounded softly, signalling it was time for jazz artist Matt Dusk’s performance, and the guests were ushered into the theatre. Mayor Krantz gave the opening address, which was followed by an introduction of the evening’s events by the emcee, CTV anchor Andria Case.
Dusk delighted the crowd with his witty talk from the stage, smooth dance moves, and soulful voice. Dusk’s rendition of “Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad,” written by Bono and The Edge for Frank Sinatra, was particularly spellbinding.
Talented Bishop Reding alumnus Darrelle London also sang a heartrending performance of her song Fine while playing on the stage’s nine foot Steinway Grand Piano. Tickets are now on sale for her show in Milton on February 20, 2014 at www.miltoncentreforthearts.ca
At the end of the night, as gala goers put on their coats, leaving with fond gala memories, Mayor Krantz’s concluding words, “It doesn’t get better than this,” were powerfully touching.