Midsummer magic

The Skaneateles Area Council for the Art's Midsummer Night's Dream Gala closed with rain; singer, songwriter, Ben Taylor's Rain, from his latest collection of songs Another Run Around the Sun.

Taylor, who hails from Martha's Vineyard, brought his pared down road

band, percussionist Larry Ciancia and David Saw, guitar and vocals, to Skaneateles. They made the most of their visit making the rounds from Mirbeau to Caf (c) Maurice and in the middle they literally wowed the audience at Sunday night's performance at the Castro-Kiltz home off East Lake Road.

The event was held to raise funds and awareness towards the support of the arts in the greater Skaneateles community. The evening started with passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a fusion of Tuscan and American foods that only Chef Chris Kuhns (Phoebe's Restaurant in Syracuse) could have pulled off. The Sherwood Inn and Rosalie's Cucina assisted Kuhns in this Tuscan feast under the stars, which consisted of two tables laden with platters of antipasti. White beans and tuna, grilled vegetables, seared salmon and beef, bread salad, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh dressed greens and shiny olives, each bite more savory than the previous. The dinner was enjoyed by approximately 300 patrons while overlooking the lake during sunset. Afterwards the concert was performed under a white tent in the cobblestone drive on the opposite side of the house.

The night was nothing less than spectacular, everyone was positively glowing. The unbelievable venue, delicious food, a setting sun, the mellow sounds of Ben Taylor, fireworks over the lake and being able to share it all with great friends came together in one perfect evening to support the arts in our community, said Skaneateles resident Holly Karker.

Karker was with husband Jurgen and their son Kyle. There were several generations of Skaneatelesians in the audience including Lew and Dawn Allyn with daughters in from out of town Tasha and Tanya; Mary Lou Falcone with daughter Olivia; Jennifer and Bill Mayo with son Jeff; SAAC president Joe Strodel and wife Therese with son Jay and Therese's mother France Verley from Cazenovia.

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