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Arts center holds annual winter benefit

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Minnowbrook lit up the night with laughter, wine, food and music as over 140 revelers celebrated the annual Winter Benefit for the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake recently.

Benefiters came from near and far to party like it was 1999, reunited in the spirit of giving to the arts - and giving in to the hors d'oeuvres, wines and pasta bar hosted by Minnowbrook manager, Kevin Callahan.

Bidders competed for the Silent Auction items until minutes before the tables closed. Among the items were: a Manhattan dinner for two at Commerce, a Broadway play, handmade quilts, a wine basket, monthly delivery of fresh-baked pies, an Adirondack chair and a lake cruise with the promise of summertime.

More than 40 businesses and individuals contributed.

Stephen Svoboda, executive director of the arts center, shared his vision for the center's future and its part in reviving the Adirondacks.

Guests were treated to a performance by the pianist N. David Williams, who gave up the Miami heat to grace the room with a complex Liszt piece, and was persuaded to play again and again.

Plans are now being made for the spring benefit.

Go on line at Adirondackarts.com for the complete calendar of events.

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