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Inside the Event: An Evening in Venice

Mar 11, 2016 10:30AM ● By Becca Newell
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County presents its annual gala this weekend. This year's theme is An Evening in Venice.

Read on for details and check out the photo gallery for a few pictures from last year's gala, Cuban Nights!

The Basics

Date: Saturday, March 19th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Loews Annapolis Hotel - 126 West Street in Annapolis


The Details

What can guests expect? An extravagant evening of entertainment and fundraising to support the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. The festivities begin with a cocktail hour, followed by an evening full of fine dining, drinks, dancing, and fun! The incredible silent and live auctions boast an assortment of packages, including highly-coveted travel destinations, artwork, jewelry, and collectibles. And attendees can dance the night away to live music by Keynote, a high-energy, nine-member band performing a variety of great party music.

How about a trip to Italy? Enter this year's raffle for your chance to win a trip for two! The five-night stay includes tours of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and airfare! Even if you're unable to attend the gala, you can still enter (you don't need to be present to win!). Tickets are $100 each. Click here for more information. To purchase raffle tickets, click here.

Food and drinks? Come hungry, leave happy! The cocktail hour will feature mini fried Mozzarella and tomato sandwiches, artichoke and Roma tomato crostinis, Prosciutto and melon skewers, and risotto balls. As for dinner, guests can expect a tomato salad with grilled red onions, fresh Basil and Asiago cheese, and a sherry vinaigrette, followed by a duet of oil-poached Halibut with pesto-crusted beef medallions, along with fingerling potatoes and baby carrots. Individual mini cheescakes, cannoli, biscotti, and Tiramasu will be served for dessert.

What about parking? No need to stress out over street parking in downtown Annapolis (although that’s a valid option should you wish to do so), since the hotel has its own lot. Self-parking and valet services available.

The dress code? Formal attire; black tie optional.

Are tickets still available? You're in luck! Tickets are still available for purchase online for $150 per person. Click here to purchase.

Where do the proceeds go? The gala is ACAAC's sole fundraiser, supporting its mission to encourage and invest in the arts for all Anne Arundel County Residents.