This was a wonderful visit, tour and lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) on a lovely day in late October. Beginning with a comfortable bus ride to the museum, the group had a terrific guided tour of the museum highlights, a visit to the featured artist Edward Hopper exhibit, and then an exquisite private lunch in the famous Marble Hall in the museum. This great event was sponsored by Doug and Janis Wood, Paul Try and Linda Kligman-Try, and was superbly organized by Doug Wood. The tour covered some unique pieces exhibited by VMFA, such as, one of just two full-length statues of Roman Emperor Caligula, five of the only 52 imperial Fabergé Eggs, and a complete Roman mosaic floor from Antioch in Syria. This was an “Affair to Remember”.
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League President, Ken Mitchell, presents a check for $53,000 to Carolyn Keurajian, Executive Director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. The League conducts fund raising social events each year and provides ongoing volunteer services to the Orchestra.
The lovely home of Clyde and Gulay Berryman provided an intimate setting for Encore Affairs event #2. Tastefully displayed throughout the first floor was the artwork of Gulay, an artist of international renown. Clyde held forth in the basement proudly exhibiting his extensive collection of Formula One racing car models, ship models from many nations, and beautiful dioramas. A variety of Mediterranean inspired foods was loving prepared and served by Gulay. From the sound of laughter and animated conversation it was apparent that the evening provided for strengthening friendships old and new.
Clyde and Gulay continue to be loyal and generous supporters of the Symphony and League and are appreciated for making this second Encore Affair event of the season successful and truly memorable.
A “jolly” and “nostalgic” time was had by all who attended the first Encore Affair of the 2019-2020 season. Beginning with drinks and appetizers, then a delicious dinner with sweet potato pie as dessert and ending with the delightful music of the Three Jolly Coachmen, the evening was a wonderful success. There was much toe-tapping as the Coachmen took us on the“MTA”! Happy faces can be seen in the images of those attending.
Please plan to join us for more delicious and fun events as we provide a novel way to support our wonderful Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.
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.