Arts at the Lake: Fun for everyone in February

Kathleen Marco and Friends will join Michael Vryostek and others for a collaborative effort between the Lake Arts Council, Ozark Jazz Society and Lake of the Ozarks Swing Dance Club to hold a Sweethearts Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10 at Osage National Golf Resort in Lake Ozark.

Kathleen Marco and Friends will join Michael Vryostek and others for a collaborative effort between the Lake Arts Council, Ozark Jazz Society and Lake of the Ozarks Swing Dance Club to hold a Sweethearts Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10 at Osage National Golf Resort in Lake Ozark. Photo by Samantha Edmondson.

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John Pylant, Eldon Chamber associate/AmeriCorps VISTA

Editor Note: The Lake Arts Council has continuously delivered local talent and regionally and internationally known performance and artistic professionals to the Lake of the Ozarks stage. Find out what the Lake Arts Council and its many groups have up their sleeves during this column, which will publish every other week in The Lake Today. This column is a special showcase of upcoming events in February.

I am always amazed by the number of gifted artists living around our Lake. As the events lined up for February will prove, artists can be of any age and can come from the most surprising places – even our own friends, neighbors and family!

Kicking off the month, the Gangster’s Ball will run on Feb. 1-2 at Bootleggers in Osage Beach. Admission is $25 and includes a full Vegas-style buffet, stage performances, swing dance competition and burlesque show. Guests are invited to embrace the atmosphere by coming in costume – “their finest rags.” This event is near certain to sell out early, so call 573-348-1443 or reserve your tickets in advance at Bootleggers.

The following weekend from 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 9, the Lake Arts Council will be hosting auditions at Harper Chapel in Osage Beach for the Ninth Annual Performing Arts Variety Showcase. Whether your gift lies in song, dance, comedy, stagecraft, or any other performing art, you are invited to give us a brief sample of what you would like to perform, either as a soloist or as a group. Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to participate. The performance will be held beginning at 7 p.m., March 16 at the School of the Osage High School’s Cummings Auditorium.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 10, the Ozark Jazz Society, Lake of the Ozarks Swing Dance Club and the Lake Arts Council will join together for the annual Sweetheart Brunch at the Osage National Golf Resort. The menu is to include a wonderful assortment of breakfast and brunch items and will be presented in the main dining room of the Club House. Kathleen Marco and Friends will be performing, including Mike Vyrostek and John DiMartino. Dancing will be a featured part of the celebration as the Swing Dance Club will be encouraging everyone to get on the dance floor to learn a few steps and maybe teach a few of their own. Admission, including brunch and entertainment, is $15 per person.

A very special evening of music is planned at 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Three Camdenton High School Seniors, Victoria Robinson, Kyle Gulshen and McKenzi Huey, will be performing at the Senior Recital at the Camdenton High School Auditorium. All three artists have been playing the piano for more than a dozen years, have scored Superior ratings on their performances at the National Federation Jr. Festival held in Jefferson City, and play second instruments. This evening will focus only on piano performances, with selections from: “The Italian Concerto” by Bach, “B flat Major Concerto No. 6” by Mozart and “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin. Please come out to celebrate and support the accomplishments and dedication of these three Lake Area youths.

For more information on any of these events or any of our partner organizations, please contact the Lake Arts Council at 573-964-6366 or visit us online at www.lakeartscouncil.com. Visitors are always welcome at our office/gallery between 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday at Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach.

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