The decade of flappers made famous by The Great Gatsby is serving as inspiration for this years Taste of the Arts, an event Saturday night that benefits the Macon Arts Alliance. A tribute to the 1920s, organizers aim to keep the event true to the theme, costumes included.
As a tribute to the Jazz Age, guests are encouraged to dress the era and prepare for fun. This party will be over the top with decadent food and delicious drinks including champagne, MaGa-tinis, and Bathtub Gin, said Jonathan Dye, director of communications for the Macon Arts Alliance. The theme is really the best part. Everyone is taking it to the max. People are making and renting costumes that just about guarantee that it will feel like a moment from Gatsby.
Food for the event will be provided by local arts organizations, including the Jazz Association of Macon, Theatre Macon, Macon Little Theatre and the Tubman African American Museum.
The chefs will be competing in several categories and will be judged by local, celebrity judges, including WGXAs Tiffany Bradley and Raymond Tubb, WPEZs Brian Roberts and Kudzu Caterings Lee Clack, Dye said. Some of the organizations are doing theme foods as well. Its going to be delicious.
In terms of atmosphere, the historic Terminal Station could not be a better location for a Gatsby-inspired party, Dye said. We hope guests will dress the part and pull out their flapper dresses. This is our chance to visit an era where the party was the ultimate pastime. The Terminal Station was built around the 20s and everything about the event will highlight that. It has gilded ceilings and ornate architecture that fit the event perfectly.
It will be a wonderful evening, Dye said. We are having a jazz ensemble play throughout the evening, in addition to the special performance by the world class students from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, who will provide a special musical performance as guests participate in a silent auction.
The featured artist from Fired Works, Frank Vickery, will be a part of the auction.
His piece is a gorgeous, and large, piece of pottery. It is worth $650 and is definitely not the art piece you could just buy anytime. It is one of the highlights of the auction this year, Dye said.
Other prizes include tickets from everything from Six Flags to Disney World. There are tickets to local theater performances; vacation packages; and lots of local businesses are offering goods and gift certificates. There is also a $10 raffle for a bicycle that has been donated by Cherry Street Cycles.
Macon Arts Alliance serves more than 60 arts and cultural organizations in central Georgia. Taste of the Arts is an important fundraiser that allows us to fulfill our mission to foster and support the arts, said Dye. We just want people to come out and enjoy themselves to support a good cause while having a fun. Its important to be able to support the community and what better way to do so than by having a good time?
Taste of the Arts
When: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 17
Where: Terminal Station, 200 Cherry St.
Cost: $50 online or at the door
Information: 478-743-6940 or www.ovations365.com