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Annapolis Chorale, Bay Theatre plan fundraisers

The Baltimore Sun

The regular season has ended for most Annapolis performing arts groups, allowing directors to use their creativity for fundraisers.

The Annapolis Chorale and Bay Theatre Company had scheduled events before last month's announced reduction of county funds.

Now it seems important to encourage maximum attendance.

The chorale will host its second Sweet Escape Severn River cruise fundraiser June 8 aboard the Harbor Queen, owned by Watermark Cruises, and a familiar sight at Annapolis City Dock.

Along with tempting treats by Annapolis caterers, guests will be treated to delectable music provided by the Erik Apland Trio with jazz vocalist Heather Venesile.

Tickets are $75. All attendees will have a chance to win two round-trip airline tickets donated by Southwest Airlines. For reservations, call 410-263-1906. The deadline for reservations is tomorrow.

Bay Theatre's first-of-its-kind fundraiser, "Happy New (Fiscal) Year," is set from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. June 30 at Ulmstead Barn in Arnold, a picturesque site near Forked Creek where flat-bottom boats transported produce from the 400-acre Ulmstead farm to Baltimore.

The barn is an open space consisting of two large rooms (each larger than Bay Theatre's home at 275 West St. in Annapolis).

One room will accommodate Classic Case, a six-piece band that will play classic rock, and the other will hold a dinner buffet, silent auction and cash bar.

The event, Bay Theatre's only major fundraiser in 2007, will feature complimentary half-hour dance lessons.

Cast and crew members will also circulate with dance cards inviting patrons to "buy" a dance at various prices.

A dance contest, a la Dancing with the Stars, is being considered. Each table in the dining area will have a Bay Theatre host.

A large silent auction will also feature souvenir items available for "BTC Bucks," which will be put into a treasure ball that will descend from the ceiling at midnight when a champagne toast will be offered.

A grand prize of a New Year's Eve 2008 package for two including accommodations and breakfast at the new Westin Annapolis Hotel will also be given.

Tickets are $75 each, which includes a $50 tax-deductible contribution. To receive an invitation or for reservations and additional information, call 410-263-1422.

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