Art With Heart event co-chairs Katherine Daly and Hillary Lacouture deserve a lot of credit for the success of this year's art auction that brought in $150,000 in one evening for United Family Services and its new shelter for victims of domestic abuse. That impressive number brings the annual event's fundraising total over its history to more than $1 million.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
There was already excitement over legendary singer Aretha Franklin performing Feb. 13 at McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square as part of the private concert series, Music with Friends. But when Franklin’s goddaughter, Whitney Houston, died a few days beforehand, a national media frenzy broke out because it would be Franklin’s first concert since the sad news.
“I’ve been in this business since 1973 and I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Larry Farber of EastCoast Entertainment, who’s also co-founder of Music With Friends. “ABC, NBC, all the networks – everyone was calling because they wanted to be there to see what she would do.”
It turned out to be a magical, heartfelt evening, and freelance photographer Daniel Coston was there taking photos for the Observer. He has a wonderful description of the evening on his blog, Coston Chronicles, at danielcoston.blogspot.com.
The first half of the show was upbeat, and Franklin showed she can still nail the notes in her iconic songs. After a break, she sat down at the piano and took the audience on a tribute to Houston.
“It really was like being thrown back into an old Baptist church 30 or 40 years ago,” Farber said.
Franklin, whose style is rooted in gospel music, started playing the chords to “I Will Always Love You.” As Coston described it, Franklin began to rearrange the chords into a gospel hymn, singing to God and to Houston in a call-and-response manner. “There are gates at the entrance to heaven,” Franklin sang, “and they swung open for her.”
“It was understated and real,” Coston told me later. “She was really working out her emotions on stage, then she thanked the audience for sharing the moment with her.”
For Farber, it was a highlight for the club, which presents three concerts a year by legendary musicians in an intimate setting for 600. There are 30 memberships left. The initial fee is $500; annual membership dues are $1,650 per person and include the concerts, cocktail parties and after parties.
For more info, contact Becky Mitchener, director of development for Music with Friends, at 704-907-1806 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Details are also at www.musicwithfriends.com. For more photos, go to the Scene & Heard slideshow at www.charlotteobserver.com/style.
Monday, February 13, 2012
One of my colleagues brought in an army of these adorable edible mice for us to enjoy.
I was so taken with how cute and delicious they were, I wanted to share this photo and recipe in case you're looking for a quick homemade treat for someone sweet on Valentine's Day.
Because you decorate each mouse's face, they take on their own cute personalities. Of course that didn't stop us from grabbing them by their "tails" and gobbling them up, but we did pause to look at their precious faces beforehand.
24 maraschino cherries with stems
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
24 of your favorite variety of Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
48 almond slices
Drain the cherries and pat them dry with paper towels. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat them until smooth, working in 15-second intervals, stirring between each.
Holding a cherry by its stem, dip it into the chocolate and swirl it around to completely cover the fruit. Set it on its side on the waxed paper and immediately press a Hershey's Kiss onto the cherry for the head. Allow a few minutes to set, then gently wedge two almond slices between the Kiss and the cherry. Repeat to make 24 mice. Take a skewer and dip the tip in the melted chocolate to add on the eyes and mouth.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Wells Fargo executive Bob Bertges and his wife Linda are the honorary chairs of For the Young at Heart Valentine Ball coming up Saturday, Feb. 11, at Myers Park Country Club. The gala covers two causes that are close to the couple's hearts: the arts and history.