We Celebrate “Carnival”—
A Rio De Janeiro Festival
Have you always wanted to pack your bags and jet off to “Carnival” in the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro? Sounds like a grand trip, doesn’t it?
On Saturday night, March 9, more than 180 fun-seekers were able to do the next best thing when they crowded into the ballroom at the Guyan Golf and Country Club for Gala 2013, this year’s edition of an annual fund-raiser promoting the Cabell County Public Library.
“Each year our Gala takes its theme from some corner of the globe and this year we focused the fun on Rio,” said Norma Casto, the Library’s special events coordinator. “We always select a menu of foods and wines that reflect the country we’ve chosen. And we try to feature entertainment from that country as well.”
Colorful decorations provided by Ken Fox of Magic Makers, Macy’s and Archer’s Flowers transformed the ballroom into a Rio-like setting for the event. Arriving guests were greeted by showgirls in bright costumes and elaborate headdresses who handed out Mardi Gras style beads for everyone to wear.
Reception goers – many in costumes and fancy masks -- were treated to the guitar sounds of Brazilian-born Daniel Ferriera, a recent Marshall University music graduate. Also providing entertainment during the dinner was Jude Binder, a much-honored artist and dancer from Big Bend, W.Va.
Funds raised by the annual event go to support a wide range of library programs and activities, Casto said. “Fortunately we seem to be able to draw a larger and larger crowd each year and, as a result, are able to raise more dollars for the library. We’ve grown dramatically in the 12 years we’ve been doing this.”
Plans already are underway for next year’s Gala, she said, but she’s not ready to identify the country the event will focus on. “I have two or three in mind but I’m not ready to reveal them. I like to keep people guessing.”
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