A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
Welcome back to another exciting year as members of the St. Petersburg Opera Guild. I hope all of you have had an enjoyable and restful summer. I am very honored to serve as your President again this year. I love SPOG and all of you and look forward to working with you once again to achieve our goals.
Your Board of Directors have been working to delight you with our two wonderful competitions and an elegant and fabulous fundraiser, Silver Bells which has been named "Elixir of Elegance". Maestro Mark Sforzini is planning another outstanding performance to thrill us as only he can do.
We're anxious to tell you more about these events and hope that you will enjoy helping us once again to be very proud of our Guild. Im looking forward to seeing all of you at our September luncheon.
Silver Bells “Elixir of Elegance”–Friday,December 9
at St. Petersburg Yacht Club
Co-Chairs Linda Pugliese and Fran Brusini have been working all summer creating an elegant experience on December 9th for our 51st annual fundraiser. The color scheme is white and silver, contrasting well with the elaborate and festive holiday decorations of the St. Pete Yacht Club. This is our annual fundraiser and THE event of all time ushering in the holiday season. We are so fortunate to have Mark Sforzini as our main entertainment with singers from the St. Petersburg Opera Co. with an instrumental ensemble accompanying them. Every year the event gets better and better!
As a member we hope you plan to attend. In addition, a donation for “Operatunities” or our Silent Auction (i.e. jewelry, wine, kitchenware/food), a hotel stay, a restaurant voucher would be most appreciated. Contact Krista Whipple 727- 367-2975 email@example.com or Fran Brusini 727-525-6863 or (firstname.lastname@example.org). Forms to accompany items are available at the upcoming meetings or at your request.
Do you know a business that would like to place an ad in the program? Contact Nina Luse 727-360-0463 (email@example.com). Prices are reasonable and the advertising goes out to a ‘select audience”.
Susanna Bellafante will be taking signatures for the Signature Page in the program. You surely will want to be included!
Welcome New Members:
Gardner Gould, husband of member Rita Gould
Marliese (Marcy) Waheibi
The 2016-17 Directory will be mailed to members current with their dues. All others are available from Membership Chair Liane Sleszynski. She will have books available at the upcoming meetings, or can mail you yours on receipt of dues.
2nd Saturday Art Walk – Volunteer opportunity at Opera Central - October 8 and/or Novemger 12) 5-8 PM. If you would like to welcome people who come to visit Opera Central and introduce them to the magic of the building and its art gallery, please contact President Marilyn Ward: 727-367-2036. e the number we need.
St Petersburg Opera Company
/St. Petersburg Opera Company Events: www.stpetersburgopera.org
IL TROVATORE is coming October 14, 16, 18 at the Palladium. Tickets will be available at the September SPOG meeting with a members’ discount. Or, you may phone the SPO ticket office at 727-823-2040 for the best seats.
Volunteers needed to bring snacks for the cast of Il Trovatore (Oct. 14,16,18) “Snacks” can include fruit, veg tray, cookies, brownies, pretzels, chips, etc. Contact Marilyn Ward firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 367-2036 to signify the performance you would like to bring a snack.
SPOG Bay Cruise
Twenty four members and friends went on the SPOG BAY CRUISE on June 24th. It was sponsored by the board as a fund raiser and opportunity for a get-together during the summer. By all accounts it was enjoyed by all. Perhaps we can do it again in the future. The summer was marked by other attractions as well: Bella Voce, SPO’s gala fundraiser was held May 7, celebrating 10 years of St. Pete Opera with main themes of Spain (Carmen, Barber of Seville), France (La Boheme), Turkey (Abduction from the Seraglio) and South Pacific. Linda Pugliese, who is in charge of the décor for upcoming Silver Bells created the sensational décor for Bella Voce. LA BOHEME- was presented June 4,6,8 which many said one of the best productions ever. Then there was a Broadway Cabaret on June 18th at Opera Central performed by the cast of South Pacific which opened July 1st with six audience-packed performances at the Palladium. Todd Donovan was a superb Emile DeBecque among outstanding I”mports” from various points of the U.S.
Thank You to this month’s SPONSOR ANGELS: Muriel Desloovere, Parsla Mason, Linda Pugliese and Krista Whipple. These donors provide a lunch for an entertainer at our meetings. If you would like to become an “Angel” please contact Sharron Robbins email@example.com (727) 481-7947 or pick up a form at the General Meetings. Thank you to ALL the Angels who contributed this year.
Next GENERAL Meeting
The first General Meeting of the season is September 23rd at Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd (across from Stetson College on Gulfport Blvd) in Gulfport. Entertainment will be Mark Sforzini and highlights with the cover cast from St. Pete Opera’s Il Trovatore.
Reservations are to be received by Monday, September 19th. You are responsible for payment unless cancelled by Tuesday, Sept. 20th. Guests, except out of town visitors, attending more than two General Meetings are respectfully requested to join the Guild.
Please send reservation form and check $30/person payable to “SPOG” to:
Sharron Robbins, 15777 Bolesta Rd., #187, Clearwater, FL 33760 firstname.lastname@example.org 727-481-7947