by Angela Mitchell
Nestled in a captivating site in beautiful downtown Berryville, just across the Railroad tracks, sits the lovely “Barns of Rose Hill”. The Barns is an enchanting entertainment venue with a warm and intimate atmosphere. Last Saturday, August 25th, The Barns were host to “Cool Jazz for a Hot Night“, the gala fundraiser presented for the benefit of The Josephine Community School Museum and Clarke County African-American Cultural Center. Although the Museum has been serving the community for over ten years, this was their largest fundraiser to date, and what a success it was! The room was full of happy and excited patrons who had come to help raise money to support the great and worthy causes of the Museum and Cultural Center. The primary focus of the Museum is to create and manage a living museum dedicated to restoring the original 1882 school house and to share the people, objects, and stories that form the continuing legacy of Clarke County’s African American history and heritage.
All elements of this fundraiser were of the highest caliber. From the Programs and table favors, to the unique and tasty appetizers, to the beautiful music and unique items included in the auction. No aspect was overlooked. The delectable appetizers and desserts were catered by Thyme Savor Catering, and each and every selection was delicious! They thought of everything, and even included appetizers for our friends who prefer more vegan and vegetarian choices. The desserts were also quite scrumptious and just the right size.
The evening’s music was presented by the extraordinary Greg Lamont and his wonderful Trio, with vocalist Dick Smith. WOW! They were quite the hit! Greg and his trio provided a wonderful evening of traditional and unique musical stylings for the audience of obvious jazz lovers. The music was so captivating that a number of couples got up and danced throughout the evening. The Greg Lamont Trio is one of this area’s most versatile performance groups, and never fails to surprise and delight audiences of any size. Saturday’s audience was no exception. Greg and the Trio received rave reviews, and if you weren’t there you missed a glorious evening of exceptional music.
A wonderful auction was held mid-evening and was directed by Guss Morrison, the evening’s personable Master of Ceremonies. Auction items included Dinner for two at Blues Alley in Washington, DC, tickets for the Mose Allison show at Blues Alley, music CDs (by Mose Allison and the Greg Lamont Trio), an original oil painting by a talented local artist, and a stay at the beautiful Monaco Hotel in Old Town Alexandria. The Josephine School Community Museum Board of Directors, and the Event Committee did a fabulous job on this event. Museum Founder, Rosetta B. Clay, Board President, Dorothy Davis, Vice President, John Burns, and the other Board Members, Sponsors and Supporters can indeed be proud of their accomplishment of this event. I, for one, look forward to their upcoming events and hope to see you there next year.
For more information on the Josephine School Community Museum visit them at www.jschoolmuseum.org, or contact them at: P.O. Box 423, Berryville, VA 22611
Angela Mitchell is a Free-Lance writer in the Washington Metropolitan area, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org