Spectacular Time-Traveling Ball (Claremont 250th Event)

Join the Claremont 250th Committee for a spectacular event that will be the talk of the town for years to come! The Retro Ball, on May 3rd at 5:30pm – 10:00pm at the Common Man Claremont, is an event that brings us on a tour of the music, food, dancing, and events of 1914 – 1944. Begin the evening in your formal garb from the era of your choice and sample cocktails and appetizers. Browse and chat, and make sure to put your bid in on the limited edition Hale prints donated to the celebration by the Hale Family. These prints will only be available in this format at the Retro Ball.

Live music begins with well-known popular songs before progressing into the ragtimes popular in the pre-World War I era and beyond. A truly inspired buffet will be served with entrees in favor during the 1924 + years, and you will be enchanted briefly by rare parlor music for flute and voice. The floor will also be open for your dancing pleasure, with music to compliment. As dinner settles we move into the jazz and big band years, while the dessert table is set with delectable desserts (egg free, there was a war going on after all). Food is provided and planned by the Common Man Restaurant, music performed by Angela Biggs, soprano; John Lovejoy, piano and voice; and a full band provided by Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble. Also, take this opportunity to have your portrait done to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Tickets are $85/ea, or $160 a pair. All proceeds benefit the Claremont 250th Celebration’s events throughout 2014. A limited number of tickets are available, contact Claremont250@gmail.com for more info, visit Claremont250.com, or Claremont Spice and Dry Goods. Tickets go on sale the first week of April. This event is sponsored by the Common Man Inn and Restaurant. All are welcome to participate – you do not need to be a resident of Claremont to help celebrate!

You are invited: First Annual Mother’s Day Tea

First Annual Mother's Day TeaThe West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts cordially invites you to attend the First Annual Mother’s Day Tea on May 3rd, 2014 at 1:00pm, held in the upstairs of the Union Church Hall. We will be celebrating all of the women in our lives: Mothers, Daughters, Grandmothers, Sister, Aunts, Friends, and Neighbors. Tickets are Adults $12/Under 12 $10, all proceeds benefit WCCMA’s youth and community programs. This event is a Claremont 250th Community Event.

This Fundraising event will include a luncheon made by our talented volunteers including assorted tea sandwiches and finger foods, scones, assorted sweets, fruit tea, coffee, iced tea, and lemonade. Live Music will be performed by the enchanting soprano and harper Angela Biggs. A photographer will be on hand to offer portraits for purchase while you are all dressed up (and what a great gift for Mom!) Everyone that attends will be entered to win a variety of great door prizes donated by local businesses and residents. There will also be games and activities for children.

For more information about this event and purchasing tickets please click HERE. Tickets may also be purchased at all WCCMA events.

2-week Harp workshop and Castlebay Performance!

Join the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (WCCMA) for two harp workshops on Thursdays April 10 and 24, 6:30-7:15p! No musical experience necessary, and you’ll learn everything you need to know to play harp in the Campfire Songs workshop with Maine harping/storytelling duo Castlebay on Saturday, April 26. Workshops are cumulative and there are only five harps available, so a firm commitment is required. Fee is by donation, suggested $5 per class; at the end of the first class, you’ll have the chance to rent your harp so that you can practice at home. To register contact angela.biggs@gmail.com, or call 603-558-8174. For more information, click HERE.

All are welcome at the Castlebay concert Saturday, April 26 at 4pm. The concert will be followed by an al fresco dinner (weather permitting), then a Campfire Songs workshop at 6:30 which is open to all singers, dancers, whistlers, puppeteers, and other fun-lovers! No advanced preparation is necessary for this workshop, unless you would like to join in on harp and don’t play it yet. For more about Castlebay, visit castlebay.net.