The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League’s annual meeting June 9, 2019 at Two Rivers Country Club began with a reception and lovely brunch, followed by the business meeting.
This season’s accomplishments in support of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s educational and performance programs were highlighted. Activities included were fundraising, volunteerism, website development, and member benefits.
Fundraising provided more than $40,000 from the League's spring 35th Gala, almost $13,000 from Encore Affairs, and almost $6,000 from Own Your Own Orchestra. After expenses, the League’s contribution to the orchestra was $53,000.
Dedicated League volunteers annually provide more than 3,000 hours of service in support of the orchestra’s activities. Many of the volunteer activities were listed and a special award was presented to Sue Klepac as Volunteer of the Year.
The League’s website has been expanded and enhanced with the posting of information and documents relating to membership, Encore Affairs, Own Your Own Orchestra, volunteers, and more, saving many thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs.
Other major accomplishments were completion of a three-year strategic plan and beefed up League member benefits.
During the business meeting, the minutes, Treasurer’s report and membership report were submitted, and Board members were elected.
A Private Performance was the League’s final Encore Affairs event of the season and was stellar. The warm and welcoming home of Jon and Jan Krapfl provided the perfect setting for fine food, good company and delightful entertainment.
Guests greeted old and new friends while enjoying savory hors d’oevres during the opening reception.
Entertainment was provided by violinist Tessa Lark, with her friend, Michael Thurber on bass. Tessa is the guest artist for the Williamsburg Symphony’s last masterworks concert of the season. Both performers proved why they are so widely regarded in the musical world. The intimate setting provided for a very personal performance and featured selections written for Tessa by Michael which showcased this Kentucky girl’s musical roots in bluegrass music. Seventeenth century violin meets Kentucky bluegrass fiddling! Tessa’s performance was sponsored by Paul Try.
The chef’s culinary skills for this fully catered sit-down dinner were fully appreciated by every palate. Dinner was enhanced by elegant table settings and beautiful floral arrangements. Our hosts attention to detail made for a most enjoyable experience. A fine wine selection for the reception and dinner was sponsored by Joe and Cindy Southworth.
Truly an evening to remember, this latest example of the Encore Affairs Committee’s work is a precursor of even more excitement next year.
Yet another exclusive event supporting the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League, this time hosted by John and Ann Milliman at their lovely residence inKing’s Point, occurred early evening of May 17. Almost 30 attendees enjoyed a glass of bubbly, nibbled on scrumptious tea sandwiches and delicate deserts and, of course, sipped tea – all while enjoying the expansive and beautiful views of College Creek. In the tea party tradition, guests donned their finest attire -- some even showing off their beautiful fascinators! This event was truly an evening to remember with the sun setting over the water, birds circling and great conversation.
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League held its third Encore Affair of the season at A Chef’s Kitchen on January 17, 2019. Chef John Gonzales served his always fantastic fare with historical context and humor. The donated annual event illustrates his strong support of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.Twenty-six eager patrons had gathered expecting good food, good company, and good humor. They were not disappointed! Chef John Gonzales and his assistant prepared a delicious meal blending their expert culinary instruction with historical and regional context, and with delightful humor. The League greatly appreciates the support of all who participated in this and other Encore Affairs events.
On October 12th, 26 eager patrons gathered at A Chef’s Kitchen, on Prince George Street, expecting good food, good company, and good humor. They were not disappointed! Chef John Gonzales and his assistant prepared a delicious meal, blending their expert culinary instruction with historical and regional context, and with delightful humor. Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, paired wines, a four-course meal, and desert were included in the evening's offering. Skillet-baked cornbread, also referred to by Chef Gonzalesas “Life Changing Cornbread,” was prepared with attention to detail and ingredients to produce a mouthwatering moment--especially when slathered with warm honey butter! For those daring to try this and other dishes at home, ChefGonzales provided a twelve-page recipe booklet. One of the most popular of theEncore Affairs events, A Chef’s Kitchen always sells out quickly and will be among the offerings for 2019-2020. The League greatly appreciates the support of all who participated in this and other Encore Affairs events.