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Posted: 07/09/14

SUMMER FUN. Seen above is the view from Starkweather Alley during a Moonflower Afterglow. The Starkweather Arts Center is holding the annual summer fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 12 following the Romeo Area Garden Walk.

(Observer file photo)

Moonflowers Afterglow to
follow Garden Walk

Observer Staff Writer

      After a record-breaking winter, the Starkweather Arts Center is celebrating the warm weather with an evening party.
       The Moonflowers Afterglow will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Starkweather Arts Center on July 12.
       The event follows the Romeo Area Garden Walk, where ticket-holders can explore eight gardens in the local area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grace Venet, Starkweather Board of Trustees secretary, said the events are joint ventures that both raise money for non-profits.
       "We hope the general public comes out," she said. "They don't have to be an artist, they don't have to be an art lover, don't have to be garden lover - they can just want to enjoy the evening out and do something different."
       Aside its timing, the afterglow directly links to the Garden Walk by displaying works of art inspired by the gardens. Area artists will be out at the gardens creating Plein Air paintings that will then be available for viewing and purchase at the afterglow.
       The Plein Air artists will include Robert Fionda, Sandy LaBaere, Mary Maple, Evelyn Raiter and Vianna Szabo.
       Christina Haylett, another local artist, will do a Plein Air painting and have her other works showcased for the gallery's July show. Works from her painting group, the Thursday Brushes, will also be on display.
       Music will be provided by RareFORM, and local businesses will provide the food and drinks. These include All Star Kabob, Buccilli's Cakes, Jimmy John's, Main Street Bar and Grill, Marcus Grill, Old Stone Bar and Grill, Sheena's Marketplace, Thee Office Pub and Cookery and Westview Orchards.
       "We've got a lot of really great restaurants aboard for the evening," Venet said. "There are tastings from different restaurants, wines and beer."
       The afterglow will be held inside of the art center as well as in the Starkweather Alley next to the center. Tents and high-top tables will be set up outside, and the carriage barn will be open so guests can check out the center's new clay classes.
       Tickets are $20 per person and includes the live music, food and drinks. Proceeds will directly benefit the art center's programs. Tickets are available at the art center, both Romeo District Libraries and online at
       The Starkweather Arts Center is located at 219 N. Main Street. For more information, call 586-752-5700 or visit

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