Richardson Center dresses up, SoNA plans ahead

The Elizabeth Richardson Center’s One Haute Night on May 5 brought together two of the band’s biggest fundraisers — Beach Bingo Bash and Haute Trash Couture — for an evening at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Organizers challenged fashionistas to “create sewing from waste/recyclables in order to entertain, educate and empower others to rethink the way we use resources in our lives”. Models paraded in clothes created from trash, including bags of chips, Monopoly money, playing cards, garbage bags, paint swatch cards and newspaper.

The bingo portion of the evening included traditional games and super bingo for prizes donated by area businesses.

ERC serves children and adults with disabilities in Washington, Benton and Madison counties. For high school students and adults, the group offers job training, job placement, community involvement and independent living options.

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas leaders unveiled the group’s new vision and 2022-25 strategic plan to its Maestro Circle customers at a special reception May 10 at Atlas The Restaurant in Fayetteville.

Paul Haas, Music Director, credited the circle of donors with much of the symphony’s success over the past 12 years, adding: “With that success comes a privilege, and that privilege is to grow, to expand and to propose a new iteration of what SoNA can be, both for itself and, more importantly, for the community. To do this, I had the honor of guiding us in our new vision with you, our family.

“SoNA will be recognized as a pioneering orchestra because it:

• Expands the possibilities of what an orchestra can be.

• Changes lives by increasing interest and equity in the arts through awareness, education, collaboration and performance.

• Creatively honors the past, present and future of our art form, fostering the highest levels of artistic direction.”

The Symphony Orchestra‘s Summer Gala is scheduled for June 16 at Heroncrest in Springdale. The benefit will include a dinner, live and silent auctions and music by guest violist and composer Trevor New, SoNA musicians including Duo Capriccioso, Florence Price’s Quintet in A minor and live jazz. direct.

In collaboration with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the SoNA Beyond concert series will present a musical response to the museum’s “The Dirty South” exhibit on June 24 at the Bentonville Museum.

Maestro’s Circle members present for the unveiling included Mary and Mike Russell, Becky and Bob Alexander, Marti and Kelly Sudduth, Diane and Bob Shaw, Cynthia Coughlin, Nancy and Dick Trammel, Ellen and Malcolm Hayward, Susan and Orville Hall, Ann and Jim McKenzie, Nancy and Jim Blair and Kay and Ellis Melton.

For more event photos — nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Karen Parker (left to right), Patti Pianalto, Shirley Esch, Sharna Arthur and Joyce Roberts help support the Elizabeth Richardson Center at One Haute Night May 5 at the Fayetteville Public Library. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Jim and Ann McKenzie (left to right) and Becky and Bob Alexander visit the SoNA unveil party. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Kay and Ellis Melton (left to right) and Marti and Kelly Sudduth visit the SoNA unveiling. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Sharon Lloyd (left) and Kim Aaron, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Richardson Center, visit One Haute Night. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Steve Moore (left to right), Jeff Thorpe, Ceri and Rolf Wilkin and Tricia Moore attend One Haute Night on May 5. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Bob and Diane Shaw attend SoNA’s unveiling party. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Dick and Nancy Trammel (left to right) and Ellen and Malcolm Hayward enjoy the SoNA reveal party. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo John Marquez and Teresa Taylor attend One Haute Night. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

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