Vicksburg Arts Center Stages Masquerade Gala

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A unique auction item that will be available for bidding at the Cultural Arts Center Gala is a visit and serenade to the family’s home of the winning bidder. The band played for friends and neighbors of the Rachel and Bruce Dow family near Tobey school in 2014 when they bid and won a similar package.

By Jake Munson

Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center is gearing up to present its third annual benefit auction, the “Vicksburg Arts Masquerade Gala,” Saturday, October 27 at the Vicksburg Community Center from 5:30-9 p.m. The evening will have a masquerade theme, costumes optional, with a fun photo booth featuring the talent-behind-the-lens of Linda Hoard. There will also be live music, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and an array of delicious desserts.

With both a silent and a live auction, items include original art works, ticket packages to Vicksburg High School Theater and choir performances, certificates from local businesses, theatre packages in Kalamazoo, a wine and cheese tasting for eight at Lawton Ridge Winery and a special CD package from the Out of Favor Boys.

One of the items for bid is The Big Red Machine Experience. This package includes a performance by the Vicksburg High School Big Red Machine Marching Band, along with a selection of Big Red Machine merchandise. Imagine impressing your neighbors with 190 band members marching in your neighborhood! The band will also stop at the winning bidder’s home for a short concert. The proceeds from this package will support both the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center and the Vicksburg band program. Bidding will start at $600.

Another fun item is the Underground Dinner Package. Food aficionados Ryan Collins and John Kern have hosted over a dozen underground dinners. The winning bidder will receive a package including a personal menu consultation for a meal featuring festive food and carefully chosen beverage pairings. On the chosen evening, Ryan and John will come to your home to prepare and guide you through a four-course meal for six.

The Cultural Arts Center continues to add daily to the list of items and packages that will be available for auction. You can follow them on Facebook to see new items.

Tickets for this event are available for $30 and can be purchased at the Distant Whistle Brewhouse, or online at You can reserve a ticket by calling (269) 200-2223.

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