Arts and Entertainment

Symphony auction sold on Caribbean calypso theme

For the Mirror

The organizing committee of this year’s Federal Way Symphony auction, scheduled for March 13 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club, has gone international with its Caribbean calypso theme.

Invitations are in the mail to subscribers and patrons, but everyone is invited to participate, organizers said.

The evening promises to be special when the traditional black tie changes to colorful jackets and shirts, tropical dresses for the ladies and vivid colors dominating the decor. A calypso band will play during the pre-dinner festivities.

The event, a fund-raiser benefitting the symphony, will start at 6 p.m. Along with fine dining, energetic bidding is expected on items from donors.

Many of the items scheduled for the auctioneer’s gavel have an international origin.

For instance, a Rwandan peace basket was intricately hand-woven by widows of the warring Hutu and Tutsi tribes. They banded together to work for healing and to support themselves and their children with collectors’ baskets.

Also up for bid during the festive evening celebrating the 26th year of the symphony will be:

• A string of pearls from the waters of the Bahamas.

• A weeklong vacation retreat in Hawaii on Maui.

• A night at the Royal Scots Inn in downtown Victoria, B.C., just steps away from afternoon tea at the Empress.

• Gourmet food and wine baskets, hand-knit sweaters, a fully furnished dollhouse and a bright red pedal car for the younger set.

• Six VIP tickets to “Starlight Express” at the Paramont Theatre, an Andrew Lloyd Webber production.

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