Cazenovia Rowing Club plans 'Winter Ice Breaker'

The Cazenovia Rowing Club will host "A Winter Ice Breaker," a major fundraising event featuring a raffle comprised of original paintings by Cazenoviaartist Jim Ridlon, or a catered dinner for eight at Notleymere Cottage with overnight accommodations provided for the winning ticket. Only 200 raffle tickets are available and will remain on sale through Jan. 11.

"We want the community to realize the Cazenovia Rowing Club is active year round, not just when the ice clears," said Kathy Rushworth, the club's co-president along with Bev Warner. "This event enables us to have a presence in the community even when we're not actively rowing."

The theme of water and its vital presence in the Cazenovia community will tie the event together. Ridlon's two acrylic paintings capture Cazenovia Lake at various times of the year. The painting, titled "The End of the Season," depicts a typical shoreline along the lake with vivid orange and yellow reflections shimmering under the autumn sun. The second piece, titled "Crossing the Finish Line," portrays a group of boats rowing across the finish line during an early morning summer regatta.

"The rowers add such a wonderful facet to the lake's personality, I've always wanted to capture that," Ridlon said.

The catered dinner for eight at Notleymere Cottage, the Shingle style bed and breakfast located on the east side of the lake, provides the winner with an opportunity to invite seven guests to partake in a five-course, sit down dinner in the dining room of this historic house. Local restaurants will provide individual courses, with wines served with each course.

"It's our pleasure to be a part of this event benefiting the Cazenovia Rowing Club," Diana Slodowitz said. "We enjoy watching the boats row past the house throughout the year."

The winning ticket will be able to select the date for their dinner from a choice of three Saturdays in January or February of 2011. The host for the evening will also be given a room in the Cottage for overnight accommodation.

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