The Columbus Symphony Orchestra Guild has unveiled its 2010 Noteworthy Parties. As in previous years, some of these dinner parties sell out quickly, so if you’re interested in going, you’d better get your checkbooks out now.
There are parties in all price ranges, from $5-$150.
Especially popular are “Viva Italia!,” the ones hosted by George and Sharon Del Gobbo. Apparently, the maestro is a fabulous cook, and dinners sell out fast. As usual, he’s doing two. The first is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and is for six guests. The second is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and is for six guests. This year, if you want to go, your name will go into a bag and names will be pulled the week of the dinner. Tickets are $50.
If you can’t get into George’s dinner on Feb. 6, there’s another one planned for that evening. The “Pat O’Brien’s of New Orleans Presents Barbara Valentour Bennett and Kimberly Krome” part at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Island Country Club, 6501 Standing Room Road. Hosts are Wally and Nancy Carlson and Faye and Marcel Carles. Nancy’s sister is Barbara Bennett.
I wrote about them a few years ago. They were reunited after many, many years. The funny part is, Nancy had been in Pat O’Brien’s and actually seen Barbara performing.
The party costs $100. I’m guessing this one is for as many as the ballroom will hold.
There’s the Super Bowl XLIV Party at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Cabelka. It’s planned for 30 guests and costs $35.
There’s a “Plantation Dinner and Ball” at 6 p.m. April 24 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Slavich III in Lanett. This is for 24 guests and costs $75.
My friend Dusty Wellborn is hosting “A Feast for Health” at her home at 12:30 p.m. May 15. She’s going to serve regional and organic foods. Its $35 and she can host six-10 guests.
The most affordable party is the 5:30-8 p.m. “Rummage Reprise” on March 5 in the Value Village Thrift Mall, 3716 Second Ave. It’s just $5. You might find quality items, both used and new.
One that I may go to is called “Cocktails and Live Music on the Chattahoochee” at 2-5 p.m. May 15 in the Eagle and Phenix Mill, 1201 Front Ave.
For $20, you can get a tour of five condos.
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David Hay loved his days and nights on the Springer Opera House stage.
He was in “Camelot” in 1969, and when the Springer did it again in 2005, he decided to get a reunion organized with some of the actors from the 1969 production.
Last week, David did it again. He said there weren’t as many Tuesday night because five years ago, the reunion was on a Saturday night.
He invited me and while I knew most of the people there, I got to meet some others. And as with actors, it was like I’d known them forever.
What fun. Maybe one day, there will be a reunion of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “42nd Street” or “Guys and Dolls.”
People in Columbus are generous
Phillip Linn e-mailed me last week and asked me to find out how much money was raised for the relief effort for Haiti at the production of “Camelot.”
The cast “Camelot” had asked the audience to give donations to help the people in Haiti during their Columbus bookings.
Darlene Kittrell of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts called the “Camelot” office and she was told the total was $5,000 in two nights in Columbus.
I am so proud of our arts community.
Sandra Okamoto, 706-571-8580 or email@example.com