Marion Art Center Fundraiser a Hit

“This is the party of the summer,” said Marion Art Center board member Shelly Richins as she collected tickets to the MAC’s cocktail party fundraiser on Friday evening. The event was held at a private waterfront home that had a large white tent and plenty of great food, wonderful music and a record turnout.

Music was provided by the Third Shift Jazz Quartet, which played songs from the Great American Song Book. Hundreds of people came to support the effort that raises money for the Marion Art Center, which has two galleries and a community theater located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion.

“I’ve been going for 15 years,” organizer Kimberly Owens said. “We don’t have a silent auction or anything like that, we just want people to come and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors, enjoy wonderful food and music, and enjoy it all with this beautiful view.

“The funds raised are used for ongoing building restoration, and maintenance and general expenses.”

The Buzzards Bay Music Fest musicians had the evening off and enjoyed the party as the MAC’s guests. It was a chance for the hosts of the musicians to bring their guests, and for the musicians to socialize with one another. Attendees were thrilled to meet the musicians, which they had heard from their seats at the BBMF over the previous two evenings.

“This is a real opportunity to meet and speak with these incredibly talented musicians,” said Trudy Kingery, who helps organize the annual music fest. The MAC fundraiser is always held to coincide with the Buzzards Bay Music Fest so the musicians can enjoy the party and have a night off during their visit to Marion.

The weather held out, and the gathering was enjoyed by all.

By Joan Hartnett-Barry

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