Valentine's Day gala benefit for Mountainside Baroque

Soprano Rebecca Beasley will join a variety of troubadours who will entertain at the Mountainside Baroque fundraiser, “Love, Renaissance Style: A Valentine’s Feast & Celebration.”

CUMBERLAND — “Love, Renaissance Style: A Valentine’s Feast & Celebration” will be presented Feb. 14 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 15 Greene St.

Proceeds will benefit Mountainside Baroque, Cumberland’s early music collective, now entering its 10th year.

The Valentine’s Day gala will feature a multi-course dinner and décor, lively music and informal entertainment by a cast of costumed players — even a dance lesson — all true to the Renaissance period. The event is a costume-optional party where guests are invited to wear period-correct costumes or modern finery.

Early brass instruments from the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble will herald a procession through the bedecked halls of the Masonic Temple that includes a “groaning board” of whole roast pig, turkey, “fruity” beef and all the trimmings.

As guests enjoy the extravagant dinner and grand desserts, musicians and troubadours, such as Rebecca Beasley, will perform romantic Renaissance music. A short, earthy Elizabethan musical play will also be presented, as will a reading of love poems and sonnets. A demonstration of country dance will conclude the evening, and guests may join in.

Mountainside Baroque is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Find tickets, period costume sources and other details at www.mountainsidebaroque.org.

For additional information, contact Marsha Bell at 301-707-4647 or pastortambourine@hotmail.com.

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