Louisiana Jazz Night
After St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Libertytown burned down in 2004 and was rebuilt by the parish, the community decided they needed some crowd-drawing events to raise money for the new building's mortgage.
May 3, the church will host a Louisiana Jazz Night, with live music from The Crawdaddies and a dinner including shrimp creole, chicken and sausage gumbo, and vanilla bourbon bread pudding.
"We come up with things that we think might be really entertaining, things that people may not be able to participate in elsewhere," said Daniel Nisonger, coordinator of the event.
The events are always open to the public as well as the parish, he said.
Tickets are $35 per person, and the event is for adults 21 or older, since a cash bar will be available featuring beer, wine and that New Orleans classic, hurricanes. The name of the drink comes from the shape of the glass it is served in - a curvy glass that resembles a hurricane lamp. The drink is traditionally made with rum, fruit juices and grenadine.
Parents needing someone to watch their kids may bring them to the church with them, since the event will feature free child care for those who request it when they purchase their tickets.
"We understand that getting a baby sitter can cost more than whatever type of event or activity that you may go out to partake in," Nisonger said. "So to have onsite baby-sitting available for free kind of eliminates that cost, making it more cost-effective to come out and enjoy yourself."
Offering the child care, as well as untraditional events - such as a five-course Tuscany-inspired meal last year - has made the fundraisers something people look forward to, he said.
"We have a limited number of tickets," Nisonger said. "We're only selling 200 tickets, and you can buy them up until the day before, but once they're sold out, they're sold out."
The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. May 3 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 9190 Church St.
For information or to reserve your tickets, call 301-898-5111.