By Alex Simmons
Despite the rain, supporters of the arts still made their way out to the Springville Center for the Arts Annual Gala.
The Gala offers mini golf, food, a basket raffle, live music and hours of fun. The mini golf course was set up around the center and the winner, John Reynolds and his teams, received the Coiltown Cup at the end of the night.
Two local food trucks participated at this year’s Gala, Moo Cheesey and The Whole Hog. Moo Cheesey offered a brisket burger and gourmet grilled cheese, served by Robyn Bacon. The Whole Hog served up BBQ and traditional American cuisine, brought by Kathleen Haggerty.
Besides the food trucks, Allison Duwe and the helpers of the Arts Cafe provided samples of delicious food soon to be offered at the Arts Cafe. Wine from Savage Winery was also served.
Entertainment was served up by Son BoriKua on the mainstage. Son BoriKua brings about a Carribean groove played on guitar, backed by trumpet and smooth vocals.
One of the Milky Award recipients, Heather Svalina, took charge of the 50/50 golf ball drop, operating the machinery to drop the golf balls. First ball out of the tube was the winner. This lucky winner was Bill McGirr, who has done most of the woodwork at the Arts Center. He donated the prize of $100 back to the Arts Center.
In addition to Svalina, this year’s Milky Award winners were Tom Militello and Robert and Sue Sorensen.
Tom Militello has worked with glass since 2009. He received the award due to his recently displayed glasswork at the Arts Center “Color Suspended.”
Militello will be offering a workshop at the SCA called the Introduction to Flameworking. In this workshop you will learn “basic flameworking techniques.” You can transform “clear and borosilicate glass” into beautiful pieces of glass work including “small marbles, pendants, or icicle ornaments.”
The Orientation is Friday, July 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is mandatory for anyone doing the workshop. On Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is when you will have a one-on-one session with Militello to create your piece. Class costs $35 and you can register online at springvillearts.org or call the Arts Center at 592-9038.
Svalina has been an avid helper of the SCA since she was an usher for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” presented by the Springville Players in 2017. She has worked backstage, in the light booth for multiple performances since then and also tried her hand at acting with a wonderful performance in the Springville Shorts 2018.
Svalina has been there to help for many SCA events, lending a hand wherever is needed and is a true asset to the Springville Center for the Arts.
Robert and Sue Sorensen have been members of the theater community since 1967 with the performance of “My Fair Lady” at Springville-Griffith Institute. The Sorensens had both signed the incorporation papers for the Springville Players and have helped the SCA to grow to the wonderful community theater it has become today.
“Springville is such a talented and wonderful community,” Sue said. They have both helped in about 125 performances of the 140 that have happened at the center and continue to help SCA to this day, hence why they are receiving this well deserved and long overdue award.
This was the ninth year of the Springville Center for the Arts Gala, and each year brings avid theater goers of all ages together for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.