WOW! A Taste of the Gala! — November 12, 2014

It's a Marsh Cake! Decorated for the 25th Anniversary Gala.

It’s a Marsh Cake! Decorated for the 25th Anniversary Gala.

After two years of planning, Saturday night’s 25th Anniversary Gala was a huge success. Here’s a bit of a rundown of our biggest event ever!

First you walked into the café, a silver draped dream. Starting with our very first poster from 1989 at the Hotel Utah, the drapes were “dotted” with posters from 40 past shows. The centerpiece, a gorgeous art flower arrangement by ÜL Poem.

Up the stairs to the opened Studio Theater-built as the Italian Social Club’s ballroom-more cloudy drapes by Quest Drapes, disco ball and a lavish “taste of the neighborhood” spread, donated by our local “gourmet ghetto.” Balloons popped holding gift and gift certificates from Valencia merchants. And the Tonic bartenders were pouring fabulous red’s by Lambert Bridge and white’s from Gundlach Bundschu wineries as well as a specialty cocktail, The Marsh Rising.

I got to sparkle too! Not having time to shop for the perfect blouse for my flowy plum floor-length skirt-Friday night, that’s the night before-the incredible Gala Committee was busy hanging costumes for the photo booth room. They called me in to check it out. I looked up to see a plum sequined jacket. Could anything be more perfect? It was like a gift from The Marsh itself. And fellow honoree, Philip Armour, also sparkled, decked out in a white zoot tux and fedora.

Stephanie Weisman founder and artistic director of The Marsh honors board member Philip Armour at 25th Anniversary Gala.

Stephanie Weisman, founder and artistic director of The Marsh honors board member Philip Armour at 25th Anniversary Gala.

 

Then the program. Fantastically emceed by Josh Kornbluth, it was twenty-five plus Marsh All Stars, one after another doing three-minute virtuoso performances. Funny, poignant, socially and poltically savvy, Marshy.

I’d love to go through the 25 performer highlights, but that’s a bit much. SO…here’s highlights from two current Marsh running shows and one upcoming.

Newest Marsh All Star, Alameda County Sherriff, Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira, did a short segment from COPS & ROBBERS. What a quick study. This newly minted performer, jumped up on the 4 by 8 stage, jumped off the stage, playing cops, playing criminals, playing reporters. Dazzling.

Don Reed, in his special brand of physical, vocal and hilarious comedy, performed a segment from SEMI-FAMOUS, HOLLYWOOD HELL TALES FROM THE MIDDLE where George Bush and his Secret Service entourage arrive for an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Don, as the warm-up comedian, was walking through with a black case of t-shirts and hats for the audience. Imagine or come see the show to see how the secret service dealt with Don and his terrifying briefcase!!!

Hilarious Don Reed performed at The Marsh 25th Anniversary Gala and mingled with guests all night long. Comedian who starred on HBO, Cosby Show. Several hit one man shows.

Hilarious Don Reed performed at The Marsh 25th Anniversary Gala and mingled with guests all night long. Comedian who starred on HBO, Cosby Show. Several hit one man shows.

 

Will Durst, who is bringing back BOOMERAGING, for just two short weeks, starting November 21, reminded us, as only Mr. Durst can, what it’s like to be an aging boomer. Oh, so, so funny.

To celebrate both Don and Will’s show, we are offering a pair of $10 tickets to the first 5 who follow the instructions stated below. Discount codes will be invalid once all the comp tickets have been claimed.

Click on 11/15 or 11/16 for Don Reed’s show and use discount code “donreed111516
Click on 11/21 or 11/22 or 11/23  for Will Durst’s show and use discount code “boomer

So hope you enjoyed this taste of the gala that launches our 25th Anniversary year. There’s a lot more coming to celebrate our anniversary. Looking forward to you joining in the festivities.

(You can check out photos on our Facebook page by clicking here.)

PS. My gift from the Gala Committee was a mandolin. Check out newsletter: http://goo.gl/9S6nre.