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An Evening in Vienna - March 25, 2017

Dreams Do Come True – All Glory To God!

Roland Schneider had a dream of an elegant evening at the church featuring special Viennese foods and Austrian music as a church fundraiser. On Saturday, March 25, 2017 his dream came true as the Ellington Congregational Church hosted “An Evening in Vienna.”

Roland is a certified master-pastry chef. He has won awards for his baking and owned two different bakeries in Connecticut. His wife Norma worked with him at the South Windsor bakery. He kept saying that this once-in-a-lifetime event would be the talk of the church. He told the Ad Hoc Vienna Committee that people would be sorry to miss this event. He was right!

The tone was upscale and people dressed accordingly. The evening began at 5:00 p.m. and people came in early. The hors d’oeuvres were served in the Social Room. The hot hors d’oeuvres were passed by wait staff (mostly our confirmands and TELOS students) and the cold hors d’oeuvres were served buffet style. There was punch available as well as water to drink. During the hors d’oeuvres we had the pleasure of hearing solo violinist Mai Verstergaard, who attends UCONN, and who will be going to Austria to study music.



The audience went upstairs to the sanctuary for the main musical program. Our emcees Susan and Tom Mason welcomed guests and introduced the musicians. Jerilyn Rae sang opera, accompanied by Susan Carroll, primarily featuring the music of Austrian composers. They were phenomenal! (And if you don’t know, Jerilyn is the niece of Donna and Fred Bird.) The Manchester High School String Quartet also played a beautiful selection of classical music featuring Mozart and Strauss. The students were Carina Rosa, violin 1; Joseph DiBella, violin2; Delaney Faulkner, viola; and Vivian Hudson, cello under the direction of Orchestra Director Susan Kohanski. They were also beyond wonderful!  Both sets of performers were given standing ovations by the audience.

Following the fabulous musical performances, our guests returned back to the Social Room to be greeted by four full-length buffet tables of desserts, featuring Viennese pastries. There were so many wonderful delights, it would be impossible to name them all. Petit fours of all kinds, miniature cheese cakes, cream puffs, Sachertorte, Opera cake, tuxedo strawberries, and fruit tart with pastry cream are only a few of the endless variety offered. They were just beautiful and equally delicious! The finale was coordinated by Alexis Leonard, who did a wonderful job with the gift baskets. Finally, our door prize, a dinner for four prepared at your home by Chef Roland Schneider, was won by BJ Aldridge! It was a truly wonderful evening!

We sold 151 tickets, plus received donations both personal and from businesses. The evening netted over $6,350 of which $2,500 goes to Feeding Children Everywhere to purchase 10,000 meals. Our teen group, TELOS will be receiving $500 and the balance will go into the 2017 ECC Church Budget. Thanks to everyone who helped make this beautiful dream come true!




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