Cherry Blossom Festival events offer a reason to get dressed up

March 21, 2014 

"Colors" by Jim Balletto

This painting is titled “Colors” by Jim Balletto. The Pink, White and Blue Military Ball will be Friday at the City Auditorium.

WILLIAM HAUN — Special to The Telegraph

This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival includes plenty of opportunities to dress to impress and meet and mingle with the movers and shakers in town.

Pink, White and Blue Military Ball

“The Military Ball will take place on the first night of the festival. We are inviting dignitaries from each branch of the military and also rescue POW and MIA,” said Jake Ferro, president and CEO of the Cherry Blossom Festival. “We will present our festival queen and royalty and have dancing courtesy of Brookwood Split. We also invite other festival leaders to visit, too. It will be a wonderful night.”

Friday’s 7 p.m. event takes place at the City Auditorium, 415 First St. Tickets are $100 each and include complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drinks per guest. A cash bar will be available and the music will lure even the most reluctant to the dance floor. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch

The Cherry Blossom Festival Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch, themed “The Color Pink,” will feature food and pink champagne from Edgar’s Bistro at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway.

“It’s for the fashionista in you! Don’t miss this posh annual favorite of the Cherry Blossom Festival,” said Linda Maddos, the event’s organizer. “The fashion show will feature the emerging trends of spring coordinated by local taste-maker Mark Ballard. The runway is filled with celebrity guest models, local Macon fashionistas, Cherry Blossom Festival royalty, and quite a few more surprises.”

This event frequently sells out, so be sure to get tickets early.” Tickets are $40 per person.

Author’s Luncheon

The Author’s Luncheon on Tuesday will bring some of the country’s and Georgia’s most renowned authors together for a luncheon held at the beautiful Idle Hour Country Club Ballroom, 251 Idle Hour Drive.

Authors include bestselling Mary Kay Andrews (“Ladies’ Night,” “Spring Fever,” “Summer Rental” and more), Nancy Brandon (“Dunaway’s Crossing”), The Telegraph’s own Ed Grisamore (“Pinkest Party on Earth” and “There is More than One Way to Spell Wiener”) and Martha Tate (“Margaret Moseley’s A Garden to Remember”).

“These authors will be presenting their most recent books and they will have a book signing. This is one of our signature events and we are really looking forward to it,” Ferro said.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $38 per person.

Other events

• CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA: A special event hosted by the Mentor’s Project of Macon, it focuses on teaching social skills to young women in the Mentor’s program and is a time for enjoying the company of international guests. Taking place at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the American Red Cross Historic House, 195 Holt Ave., the event is free.

• HROMOVYTSIA UKRAINIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE: This amazing group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wesleyan College’s Porter Auditorium. “Hromovytsia is a dance ensemble based on talent, heart and soul,” Ferro said. “The skill of the people performing cannot be underestimated and this is not an event to be missed. We are really excited to have them come to town. They are a phenomenal group. We should really jam the auditorium for this group.” Tickets are $25.

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