The Southern Vermont Arts Center's gala biennial fundraiser, the Scottish Winter Ball heralds the 2009 holiday season in grand style, in the Equinox Resort's Colonnade Ballroom, on Saturday, December 5 from 6:30 p.m.
Certainly the most elegant and dazzling soiree of the Christmas season, the Scottish Winter Ball commences with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Equinox's Rockwell Room followed by the Piping of the Haggis, with the Taconic Pipers, followed by dinner and dancing into the wee hours. Stunning ball gowns, elegant black tie or, better yet, formal Scottish attire (that would be kilts, gentlemen) will be much in evidence.
This year's event features a sealed-bid auction for three stunning get-aways: a week for six in Vero Beach, FL featuring dinners at The Moorings Club; five nights for two at Cap Juluca, Anguilla, including private air transport to-and-from St. Maarten and New York City, boasting two nights for four at the famous Algonquin Hotel, lunches at MOMA and "21" plus a private, backstage tour at the Met. If you did not receive a bid form in the mail, you may download a form at www.svac.org and send it in or place a bid at the ball prior to the 9:30 p.m. drawing.
Raffle prizes for the 2009 event are, among others, a Gold Membership to the Spa at Equinox, a spectacular gold and pearl necklace, and a dinner at the Arts Center for fourteen guests. Winners of the auction and the raffle need not be present to win.
Tickets to the ball are $160 p/p for SVAC Members, $185 p/p non-Members, with higher levels of sponsorship available; raffle tickets are $25 each, three for $50 or seven tickets for $100.
All tickets are available by phone at 362-1405; raffle tickets may also be purchased at the ball prior to the 9:30 p.m. drawing. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 to 5 p.m., at the Arts Center, which is just off West Road in Manchester.