Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

Chocolate to take center stage

February 8, 2007

In addition to the loads of sweets and arts, the Baldwin Community Arts Council's 19th annual Chocolate Auction will feature a choir performance.

The 2007 event is being dedicated to the memory of Jodie Eldridge, the former Baldwin High School vocal music teacher who died July 30, 2005, after a long bout with cancer. Part of the dedication will include a short performance by members of the BHS choir.

"We are dedicating it to Jodie, because of her contributions to the fine arts and the community," said Kathy Dorsey, BCAC president. "She was an amazing person and teacher. She did a lot to foster her students' interest in the fine arts."

Last year, the BCAC dedicated the Chocolate Auction to former Baker University President Dan Lambert and his wife Carolyn. Lambert retired last May after 19 years at the helm.

The decision to choose Eldridge this year was because of her fine arts work at BHS.

"In recent years, we've tried to find people who have done a lot for the arts in the community," BCAC Board Member Ande Parks said. "She (Eldridge) was a natural fit, because she did a lot for the arts and education."

Eldridge left a lasting legacy on the fine arts community in Baldwin City during her years of teaching at BHS. For that reason, the Jodie Eldridge Memorial Scholarship was established by the BCAC so students can attend Broadway at Baker.

Proceeds from the event will help support the scholarship.

The doors to the Chocolate Auction will open to chocolate lovers and art enthusiasts at 1 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin High School. Admission to the auction is only $1, with the fund-raising event helping BCAC provide scholarships, numerous art-related events and other items throughout the year.

"This year will be a fun and moving event, because it's being dedicated to Jodie Eldridge," Parks said. "We all loved her."

Each year, the event ties into the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday with plenty of cookies, cakes and chocolate treats. The auction also features various works of art from area and regional artists.

A new addition to the hordes of sweets will be chocolate fondue that can be drizzled over fruit or cake.

"It's always a fun event," Dorsey said. "We have a new thing this year. We will have chocolate fondue. It will be wonderful."

The silent auction will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 2 p.m. Then, the live auction will run until 4 p.m. Both auctions will have goodies and artwork to bid on.

"There will be wonderful chocolate creations from artisans and members of the community," Dorsey said. "There will also be various donations from local artists, as well as local businesses have donated items to be auctioned off. They are all very supportive and they donate things other than chocolate."

As in years past, there will also be tables for children to bid at. Those tables will feature homemade sweets at children's prices.

"For those of us that put the event together each year, it's a lot of work, but it always comes out great," Parks said. "It's a fun event and we really get great support."

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