Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Toledo Opera Guild 2016-17 Season Full of Fun

The Toledo Opera Guild is beginning its latest season of amazing events with a brand new one!

Cocktails in the Red Room on Sept. 19 is the first of new Meet & Greet gatherings planned for evening times throughout 2016 and 2017. 

Pre-opera luncheons throughout the year serve as general membership meetings and are a valuable social opportunity for the guild and its guests. Yet not everyone is available during the day, with busy work schedules and other responsibilities, so the need arose for additional opportunities for "fun"-raising and introducing prospective members to the guild.

Bonnie Wrobel and Denise Matheny have planned an excellent event to kick off the Meet & Greet series. Guests will gather in the Toledo Club's sumptuous Red Room from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, for ample hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary cocktail. A cash bar will be available as well, and there will be a raffle. Tickets are $29 per person; click here for RSVP details. 

Guild members are encouraged to attend both luncheons and evening Meet & Greets, and guests are warmly welcomed at both!

Luncheons have been scheduled for Sept. 28, Feb. 8, March 29 and May 31. The first is our "Barber of Seville" luncheon, beginning with social hour at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon Sept. 28 at Inverness Club, 4201 Dorr St. Please RSVP with $25 payment to Diane Rusk as soon as possible.

Beth Bowman is busy planning Brunhilde Parties, creatively themed gatherings underwritten by guild members. Click here for more information and keep checking for future dates.

For its major fall fundraiser, Toledo Opera Guild will transport you back in time to 1942 and sail you to French Morocco for its Casablanca event. Local band Raq the Casbah will provide the perfect music, and guests will make sure to have their "transport papers" at the ready!

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com for the event on Nov. 11 at Toledo Club. Two silent auctions will present fine wines and a selection of wonderful donated items and gift certificates, and the live auction has a very special treat: an all-expense-paid trip to New York City with Ragazza boutique. The winner bidder will receive two airfares, a hotel room, all meals, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry during an early January trip. How exciting!

A December Delights potluck gathering will be held at noon Dec. 7 at the home of guild member Jane Wurth. We return to La Scola Italian Grill on Jan. 23 for Celebrity Wait Night and to Toledo Club on May 3 for Phashion of the Opera. All will prove to be as fabulous as always. 

The Toledo Opera Guild presents all of these events as a way to further our mission of raising awareness and inspiring passion for opera in northwest Ohio, and to financially support the amazing Toledo Opera. Its upcoming season is an extraordinary examination of love, marriage, and heartbreak:

Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," Oct. 7 and 9
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," Feb. 10 and 12
Samuel Barber's "Vanessa," March 31 and April 2

Visit toledoopera.org to learn more about these productions and to purchase tickets. You don't want to miss any of these incredible operas.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fierce Phashion: 'Project Runway Jr' Winner among Special Guests at Runway Event


This is what you will be doing April 27 after you purchase a ticket online for the Toledo Opera Guild's 2016 Phashion of the Opera runway show and luncheon, which directly benefits the Toledo Opera:

You will come to the historic Toledo Club in downtown Toledo at 10:30 a.m., perhaps even a fashionably late 10:45 a.m. You will check in with some of the most dedicated guild volunteers, and perhaps receive a special pass for prime runway seating if you were lucky enough to nab a diva/divo ticket before they sold out.

You will wander through the impressive lobby to the luscious Red Room, to nibble on some complimentary hors d'oeuvres, sip a mimosa (or two) from the cash bar, and shop to your heart's content among our fabulous vendors: A Studio, Aegean Connection, Bowinkles, Lulu Ave Jewelry, Mary Kay, Paper Garden, Purse Love, Sewing Matrix, Origami Owl, and Rodan + Fields.

Kayla Brown walks the runway during the
2015 Phashion of the Opera rehearsal.
At noon, you and your packages will settle into a seat in the club's Centennial Room. Divas and divos will have reserved seats at the runway, but every chair in the room will offer a stunning view to the professionally staged fashion show organized by Katie Maskey of Studio K Coaching and a former Mrs. Ohio pageant winner.

Emmy-award winning anchor Emilie Voss from WTOL will emcee the show, and a very special guest will be Maya Ramirez, the Toledo School for the Arts student who won the fashion design competition on the television show "Project Runway Jr."

The music will start, the lights will dazzle, and beautiful models will rock fashions from some of northwest Ohio's finest local boutiques and clothiers: Vivian Kate, Ragazza, Blue by Atlas Bridal Shop, Elegant Rags, Sophia Lustig, Sophie's Sister, Costume Holiday House, Josie Wills, and Toledo Harley-Davidson.

Some of the models you will recognize as members of our opera-loving community. These VIPs -- Very Important Patrons -- have made special donations or have been sponsored by others who are making this event a marvelous fundraising success. Watch for Gabe Barrow of Barrow's Jewelers; Laura Dosch, of Waterford Bank, supported by Ragazza; Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, who just may cartwheel again for guild president Shelli Jacobs; Karen Kristof, wife of Dr. Kraig Kristof of Glass City Orthopaedic & Spine Center; James Schwann, son of past guild president Traci Schwann and Dr. Thomas Schwann, chief of staff at the University of Toledo Medical Center; beloved family members of Marianne Ballas, owner of Ballas Buick-GMC; Elizabeth Aouad, wife of Adeeb Aouad, owner of Airtech Mechanical Inc.; Roger Parker of the Toledo Club; a model yet to be announced, sponsored by Vivian Kate; and Kristi Leigh, of WNWO, bedecked by Jeffrey Mann of Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers.

Have some extra cash on hand, or in your fabulous handbag at least, so that you can cast a paid vote for your favorite VIP model! Ballots will be counted immediately, and 100 % of the proceeds will go directly to supporting Toledo Opera productions such as Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette."

Arrangement by My Origami Garden.
You also will be serenaded by a voice you won't believe is just 13 years old with selections from "Phantom of the Opera." May Coppler won Talent of the Year in the International America's Amateur Modeling & Talent Competition in 2014-1015. She has performed at Toledo Walleye hockey games, the Ohio Statehouse and many charity events in Ohio and surrounding states.

Following the fashion show, you will head upstairs (elevators available) to the Toledo Club's largest private dining room, the stately Belvedere. Tables will be bedecked with paper flower arrangements created by Erica Francis of My Origami Garden, which will be available for sale to benefit Toledo Opera as well. You will dine on Caesar salad, garlic bread, ziti with artichoke hearts and peppers, and chocolate gelato and cookies. You will be so happy.

You will have helped make Phashion of the Opera one of the best fashion shows and most gratifying fundraisers in the whole area. The Toledo Opera will be able to present an amazing 2016-2017 season, and we all will benefit from that.

The 2016 Phashion of the Opera planning committee, chaired by Becky Gannon, will be exceedingly grateful for your support: co-chair Katie Maskey, Patty Etue Stephens, Elaina Kfouf, Bonnie Wrobel, and Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer. A hospitality committee gathered by Barbara Brown will do everything possible to make the day a pleasant one for you.

To purchase a ticket, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502833 or look for an invitation in the guild's Hi Notes newsletter. But hurry! Tickets, which cost $50 for general admission and include lunch, are going very fast.

For more information on Phashion of the Opera and other guild events, and most importantly on how to become a Toledo Opera Guild member and be involved in such amazing work, visit www.toledooperaguild.org.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

'Romeo et Juliette' Luncheon to Include Art Museum Tour

This portrait, 'Elizabeth I, Queen of England'
(circa 1588) hangs in the Toledo Museum of Art.
Would you like a side of art with your lunch? The Toledo Opera Guild says, "Yes, please!"

The guild will enjoy a pre-opera luncheon March 30 at the renowned Toledo Museum of Art in anticipation of Toledo Opera's production of Charles Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette."

Docents will lead guild members and guests on a tour of the museum's collection of artwork, featuring pieces from the time period of Shakespeare's tragic love story and other depictions of romance.

Attendees are invited to gather for social hour at 11 a.m. in the museum's Green Room, where lunch will be served at noon followed by a program on the opera and art at 1 p.m.

Cost is $35. Guild members have been mailed invitations and guests are welcome; RSVP as soon as possible. Parking fees at the museum have been waived for luncheon attendees, who should enter the museum through the Grove Street doors.

If you have any questions or need transportation arranged, please contact luncheon organizer Diane Rusk at 419-283-0829.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Celebrity Wait Night: All That Jazz

Hey, Daddy-o, the coolest cats are in the mix for a hep gig at the most jumping joint in town!

Logo designed by Big Daddy Graphics.
The Toledo Opera Guild is planning a Celebrity Wait Night with an "All That Jazz" theme on Jan. 25, 2016, at LaScola Italian Grill in Toledo.

The Bob Rex Trio will offer some swinging jazz tunes while guests gather in support of our illustrious Toledo Opera. The fundraising event is being organized by guild members Barbara Bettinger, Mary Beaber and JoAnn Phipps.

Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. that Monday, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 5375 Airport Highway.

Cost is $45 per person, which includes salad, choice of entrée, and dessert (see menu below). RSVP by Jan. 21. Please indicate your meal and waiter preference.

Invitations have been mailed; to request extras, please contact Barbara Bettinger at 419-392-8020 or download them from the guild's Facebook event page. The more the merrier!

LaScola staff will be tending tables and serving the meal, and our celebrity waiters will entertain guests and collect "tips" that directly support Toledo Opera.

Guests are encouraged to dress in jazz-era or fine dining attire. If you feel like cutting a rug or scatting to the smokin' beats, you go right ahead!

MENU:

Salad di Casa: mixed greens, grape tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette
Entrées: Cheese Manicotti: rolled pasta with herbed ricotta topped with marinara, alfredo and pesto sauces; New York Strip: choice center-cut steak with porcini mushroom butter sauce, vegetables and potato lasagna; Lake Superior Whitefish: pecan-polenta-crusted sautéed fillet with porcini butter sauce and vegetables; Chicken Marsala: chicken sautéed and flamed with Marsala wine, wild mushrooms and shallots
Dessert: Caramel Pecan Tiramisu: lady finger cookies layered with sweet mascarpone cheese, caramel, pecans and whipped cream

CELEBRITY WAITERS:

Barbara Baker & Diane Rusk
Barbara Brown
Joel & Clare Gorski
Randy & Janna Lake
Joann Phipps & Pam Pilz
Paul & Kathy Manol
Linda McBee
Suzanne Rorick
Sandra Seiple
Mike & Sharon Sordyl
Jane Wurth
Sheriff John Tharp

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Toledo Opera Guild Plans Exciting Year

The Toledo Opera Guild hopes that you had an enjoyable summer! The 2015-2016 general board met recently, and the season's calendar was announced with a full slate of fun events and exciting opportunities to support the Toledo Opera.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Sept. 2: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in Toledo; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

Sept. 9: Madama Butterfly Luncheon, at Toledo Zoo in Toledo

OCTOBER 2015

Oct. 2 and 4: "Madama Butterfly" opera at Valentine Theatre in downtown Toledo

Oct. 7: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

NOVEMBER 2015

Nov. 4: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

Nov. 14: Sapphire Speakeasy fundraising event, 7 p.m. at Toledo Club in downtown Toledo

DECEMBER 2015

Dec. 1: Delights of December potluck brunch, at home of guild member Jane Wurth

Dec. 2: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

JANUARY 2016

Jan. 6: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

Jan. 25: Celebrity Wait Night fundraising event, at La Scola Italian Grill restaurant in Toledo

FEBRUARY 2016

Feb. 3: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

Feb. 10: Porgy and Bess Luncheon, at Mancy's Steakhouse in Toledo

Feb. 12 and 14: "Porgy and Bess" opera, at Valentine Theatre

MARCH 2016

March 2: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

March 30: Romeo et Juliette Luncheon, at Toledo Museum of Art

APRIL 2016

April 6: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth ; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

April 8 and 10: "Romeo et Juliette" opera, at Valentine Theatre

April 27: Phashion of the Opera fundraising event, at Toledo Club

MAY 2016

May 4: Executive Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Epworth; General Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Epworth

May 4: Diva/Divo Luncheon, at noon at Toledo Club, hosted by Shelli Jacobs

JUNE 2016

June 1: Closing Luncheon and Installation of Officers, at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids

Other events will include Brunhilde Parties throughout the year, so make sure to check this blog, our Facebook page, and our website as we continue to schedule events and update the calendar.

It's going to be another great year!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Letter from the President

A letter from Toledo Opera Guild President Shelli Jacobs:

It is my pleasure to invite you to join me in creating another successful Toledo Opera Guild year.

My board and I hope you will share in pinnacle events, warm friendships and joy-filled memories. Established in 1962, the Toledo Opera Guild has maintained the standard of excellence that we celebrate today. This success would not have been possible without your ongoing support and contributions.

The Calendar of Events for the year is exciting and encompasses the passion of opera coupled with fresh venues, opera education, fun, and inspiring entertainment.

Our opening luncheon at the Toledo Zoo, celebrating Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, begins our pre-opera luncheon season. Gershwin's PORGY and BESS and Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET provide plenty of creative themes and venue choices for the heart of our luncheon calendar. The closing luncheon at historic Nazareth Hall ends our spectacular year.

Our sell-out events begin with SAPPHIRE SPEAKEASY, continue to CELEBRITY WAIT NIGHT and end with PHASHION OF THE OPERA. For spice, the very successful BRUNHILDA PARTIES are scattered throughout the year. By popular demand, we are reprising our BAKELESS BAKE SALE in its original form which was spearheaded by Elizabeth Zepf and enjoyed many successful years.

I am grateful to all of you who have worked diligently for many years and contributed to the growth of this organization. I appreciate your continued assistance as we take the Guild to the next level. During this year, I also look forward to continuing friendships and making new friends as we have fun fulfilling our mission: To promote opera awareness, education, company service and financial support for the Toledo Opera.

Please visit TOG's website at www.toledooperaguild.org and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/toledooperaguild for our 2015-16 calendar year of events, photos, updates and reminders.

Shelli Jacobs,
President, Toledo Opera Guild

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Guild Heralds Summer at Soiree

Another successful Brunhilde Party is on the books for the Toledo Opera Guild!

Guild member Susan Conda, left, and Toledo Opera executive
director Suzanne Rorick chat at the Summer Soiree at the
Paula Brown Shop. (Photo courtesy Girl in the Glass City)
Members and guests gathered recently for the Summer Soiree at Paula Brown Shop and Gallery in downtown Toledo for fun and food, spirited conversation and conversational spirits, an art show, and shopping that directly benefited our fundraising efforts for the Toledo Opera.

Organized by Brunhilde Party chair Laura Draheim, the event raised more than $1,400.

"It was a beautiful evening and the turnout was wonderful," said Shelli Jacobs, the guild's newly installed president, in an email to members. "It was lovely to see so many of our guild members and exciting to see so many new faces as well!"

Brunhilde Parties are smaller events intended to promote guild membership and its mission, as well as raise the crucial funds on which the opera depends. Hosts underwrite expenses and volunteer their time. Parties have ranged from painting and flower arranging workshops to yoga classes to teas and dinners.

At the Summer Soiree, attendees paid a small cover charge to gather at Paula Brown after hours. Some dined outdoors on delicious meals prepared by the Displaced Chef food truck, while others sipped wine, beer and cocktails at the bar inside. For those who bought merchandise during the event, 10 percent of the sale was donated to the guild.

Guest Baher Hanna enjoys the art exhibit.
A lovely element of the event was the four-generation art show in the gallery. The show includes photography spanning three centuries, illustrating the creative connections between four generations of photographer Penny Gentieu's family. Penny was influenced not only by her mother, pastel portrait artist Audrey Gentieu, but also by Pierre Gentieu, her photographer ancestor. Penny’s daughter, Anna Friemoth, has followed in their footsteps by becoming a photographer.

The show runs through July 11. It features Pierre Gentieu's artwork and photography of the Civil War, Audrey Gentieu's pastel portraits, Penny Gentieu's photography (including an amazing 12-shot series of the implosion of the former Jeep administration building in Toledo), and Anna Friemoth's fashion photography.

Draheim is looking to organize more Brunhilde Parties for the Toledo Opera Guild's upcoming 2015-2016 season, and perhaps some throughout the summer. Contact her at at 419-475-1720 or ldraheim3434@att.net.

For more photos of the Summer Soiree, view the Girl in the Glass City's online album.