On Dec. 2, 256 guests launched their Christmas season by attending the annual Skaneateles Music Guild Christmas Luncheon held at the beautifully decorated Welch Allyn Lodge.
Tickets were sold for chances to win any of 10 gift baskets filled and wrapped by Guild Board members, one given by The Lady of the Lake B n' B, or a generous restaurant package of certificates donated by Mirbeau, Blue Water Grill, Elderberry Pond, Anyela's Winery, 1820 House, Kabuki, Patisserie and The Sherwood Inn.
Raffle tickets, which were pulled and announced by Syracuse Symphony Orchestra conductor Daniel Hege, also provided a lucky winner a grand prize of a catered dinner for 10 people to be created by Chef Luke Houghton of Pure Catering.
The Madrigal Choir, the Women's Chamber Choir and the Middle School Select Choir sang unusual arrangements of favorite holiday music.
High School choral instructor Mickey Kringer introduced his talented students by first thanking the audience for supporting the Music Guild that had supplied everything on stage but the singers: the risers on which they stood, the sound system and keyboard. The event benefits music education in the Skaneateles schools.
Contributions to the annual appeal and lunch tickets for both the holiday and spring events help the guild purchase instruments and music lab equipment, grant scholarships, provide each student the experience of attending a professionally performed concert and, last year, helped fund the high school orchestra's trip to Washington, D.C. to compete, and win, the Presidential Inaugural Music Festival.
Patti Carey is a member of the Skaneateles Music Guild.