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Apple Tree Arts hosts Roaring 20s Gala


Grafton, MA. March 26, 2018.  . . Join us as we celebrate the historic Great Hall at our “A Night at the Speakeasy” Gala fundraiser April 28, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. featuring live music, a DJ for dancing, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cocktails (cash bar) and auction items. Admission is $50 for general and $75 for VIP (includes a 6:00 p.m. start time, a special performance, appetizer and a signature event cocktail.) Catering is by Peppers Artful Events. Cocktail attire is suggested (costumes are optional.)To purchase tickets visit or drop by Apple Tree Arts’ office at One Grafton Common.

“After last year’s successful gala we had so many requests to host another one that we decided we would do it again with a popular theme like the roaring 20s and create a night at a speakeasy with live jazz music, dancing and cocktails,” said Liz Spinney, chair of Apple Tree Arts Great Hall Gala. “We wanted to bring people back to the Great Hall to be entertained by several of our faculty who are professional musicians and raise money for Apple Tree Arts’ operations too,” Ms. Spinney explained.

The Gala entertainment includes a variety of music. Vocalist and pianist Stephanie Sarkisian will perform jazz and show tunes accompanied by trombonist Russell Jewell and special guest soprano Christina Pierro will sing Cole Porter songs. The Kelly Clark Jazz Band performing jazz standards completes the night’s entertainment. Violinist Kathryn Skudera Haddad will perform music of the 20s earlier in the evening for VIP guests.

The Great Hall is becoming the venue of choice for performances, professional meetings and concerts since the final renovations has been completed. During the past year, the Claflin Hill-Apple Tree Arts chamber music concert series as well as the nonprofit community school of the arts’ musicals, community theatre production, vacation workshops and concerts have been held in the hall. Integrated LED lighting and audio systems, stage curtains, black-out window treatments and a flexible stage extension have been installed to enhance the use of the proscenium arched stage.

Apple Tree Arts thanks its current sponsors and in-kind silent auction donors. The platinum sponsor is KPMG, LLP and Rick Geoffroy, gold sponsor is Yesod Foundation and silver sponsors include Pinder Braich, Realtor and Family Orthodontics of Westborough. Several of the 70 in-kind donations received include five Disney World Hopper passes, a Westboro Tennis & Swim Club summer camp membership, two-night stay at Bayside Resort, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts tickets, Escape Games Worcester passes, Anzio’s gift certificate, Total Wine and More wine class for 20 and an AAA Limousine gift certificate. Sponsorships are available.

Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization has grown to serve over 1,500 children and adults annually with early childhood music classes, group keyboard lessons, private music and voice instruction, ensembles, theatre arts programs, community events and community concerts.  For more information, visit