Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild rocks around the clock

More than 150 supporters attend 1950s-60s-themed event held at Hager Hall

November 05, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • Charlotte Seibert, right, of Hagerstown, smiles as Yvonne Thomson, left, of Hagerstown, shows off her outfit Saturday at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild's Rock Around the Clock fundraiser.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

After years of formal balls, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild kicked back to a more relaxed time Saturday and celebrated its 30th anniversary by rocking around the clock while raising money for the orchestra.

More than 150 supporters attended the 1950s-60s-themed event held at Hager Hall off Dual Highway.

"It's fun to see the different ways people have dressed," said Jody Long, a longtime guild member.

Poodle skirts, letterman sweaters and leather jackets joined the elegant gowns and pressed suits sported by patrons this year.

Ball Chairwoman Judy Castle said the guild attempted to be responsive to the economy and accommodating to the patrons who are graciously supporting numerous local organizations by relaxing the event a bit.

Black-tie attire was replaced with cocktail or period dress and the per-person charge dropped to $85, she said.

Keeping with the 1950s-60s theme, dinner was served from four different four food stations, according to the event program.

At "June Cleaver's Kitchen," guests could find prime rib, mashed potatoes, peas and rolls. At the "drive-in," they could build their own burgers, enjoy a pastry-wrapped hot dog and hand-cut fries. Across the room was a "soda shop" complete with root-beer floats and sundaes, and served from the back of an old pickup was a "block party," with fried chicken, corn, biscuits, potato salad and baked goods, the program said.

"It's just wonderful," Guild President Charlotte Seibert said.

"It's a very nice evening," Georgia Pierne said.

Pierne, who is a past chairwoman of the event, said she and her husband, Jim, have been coming to the guild fundraiser for the last 18 years, she said, starting even before they lived in the area.

It is a love of the MSO that brings many supporters back to the event year after year, said Sandy Wantz, who said she has been to most of the past 30 fundraisers.

The MSO is top-notch, she said, giving kudos to Music Director Elizabeth Schulze.

Since its inception, the guild has sought to support the MSO in every possible way, and is its single largest donor, Seibert said.

With a silent and live auction as well as a raffle included Saturday, Seibert said the goal was to raise about $50,000 for the MSO.

Starting at 9 p.m., the evening included music from The Fabulous Hubcaps.

Rock Around the Clock was sponsored by Susquehanna Bank, C. William Hetzer Inc. and Railey Mountain Vacations as well as various underwriters, she said.

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