BAYarts lines up more food vendors for annual Moondance benefit
Big white tents, great food, live music and bonfires are just a few of the signature features of BAYarts' annual Moondance benefit. Each year this sold-out event raises funds that help BAYarts maintain the campus buildings, gardens and continue to provide free community events year round. This year's event, set for Saturday, Sept. 12, features the band Cats on Holiday, known for their upbeat danceable style that covers all the bases.
"People tell us they love our event because, like everything else we do, it's fun," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "No speeches, no hands out. Once you arrive on campus, the beautiful venue speaks for itself. None of what BAYarts does would be possible without this kind of support and the community gets that. So its a win-win for everyone."
Last year, for the first time in the event's 8-year history, food ran out early. So food trucks and more restaurants will be spread out through the evening. With the addition of the new 2500-square-foot ceramic studio, there will be more room for both restaurants and bars, a "wine pull," the traditional silent auction and more surprises. The event is coordinated by BAYarts' special events team led by Diana Brewer whose specialty is creating surprising ambiance out of upcycled materials and lighting. Add a few bonfires and BAYarts' breathtaking campus, rain or shine, its always a night to remember.
Each year, BAYarts honors an individual who is instrumental in promoting cultural or nature programming in the greater Cleveland area. This year's honoree is Bay Village resident Liz Maugans, executive director of Zygote Press, founder of the quarterly art magazine The CAN Journal and tireless advocate for the value of art in communities and to individuals.
Mary Conway Sullivan, board development chair, says that the best part of all the planning and execution is the team who puts it together year after year. "My favorite part of Moondance is relaxing at the end of the night around one of the fire pits with the staff and our many volunteers, sharing stories of how much fun we saw people having and conversations we had."
Tax-deductible individual tickets go on sale Aug. 1 ($110 until Sept. 1, $125 after that, and $150 on the day of the event – although it always sells out about a week before; absolutely no tickets will be sold at the door). Sponsors and group tickets are still available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Up-to-date information, restaurants and other details can be found at bayarts.net.