The Blue Sage Center for the Arts hosted over 85 guests in summer finery Saturday afternoon, June 22, at Azura Cellars in Paonia where participants raced or watched the boats sail on Ty and Helen Gillespies' beautiful Azura pond. First place prizes went to boat captains Ulli Lange, Georgia Finnegan and Sandy Norris.
Harbour Master and sailboat expert John Gavin managed the races — and the guests. No one fell in!
From 4 p.m. until after 8:30, the regatta guests sipped wine, piled plates high with a variety of sweet and savory dishes, and sat on the lovely Tuscan stone balcony of the winery with a view of the mountains, as well as the races on the pond below.
The afternoon began with a live auction of trip packages to Maui, New Orleans, San Francisco and Sante Fe, which were snapped up by bidders who knew that a percentage of the auction proceeds would benefit the Blue Sage Center. The auctioneer also accepted bids from three lucky couples for a fabulous dinner by chef Jean Marc Ventimiglia, who will prepare eight courses, including local venison, pheasant, beef and trout, paired with special wines. In addition to the winning bidders, other guests at the dinner will include local adventure writer, Craig Childs, and radio personality, Angus Stocking.
The last item presented at the live auction was a lovely plein aire painting of the regatta scene by Cedaredge artist, Suki Strong.
In addition to the live auction, the boat races and a "wine game," there were over 50 items donated for a silent auction — art work, local services, and locally sourced cheese, meats and produce.
The evening finished with a raffle drawing for a prize of four ski lift tickets to Aspen/Snowmass and Sunlight Resort in Glenwood Springs.
Annette Pretorius, executive director of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, thanked all the donors of the auctioned items, and announced that there have already been requests for tickets for next year's regatta. The success of the regatta makes it certain to be an annual signature event and benefit for the Blue Sage Center, and a wonderful way to begin each summer in the North Fork Valley.blog comments powered by Disqus