2008 Gala

Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor Headline Skaneateles Area Arts Council 2008 Gala
Skaneateles Area Arts Council is pleased to present Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor, together with David Saw, at the fourth annual gala, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, held on Sunday, July 20, 2008. The outdoor gala will be held on the shore at the beautiful lakeside estate of Stella Maris Retreat Center, a former Roosevelt mansion on Skaneateles Lake. The gala is 6:00-10:00 p.m and features cocktails, dinner, and a concert by Ben and Sally Taylor, and David Saw, on the lake.

Ben Taylor, who is returning for an encore performance after his sell-out show at the gala in 2006, has enjoyed a rapid rise in his career as a singer-songwriter. He has recorded five albums including his latest release, The Legend of Kung Folk. He has performed with Sheryl Crow, Boz Skaggs, James Taylor, Sonya Kitchell, Josh Groban, and Carly Simon, as well as at “Christmas at Rockefeller Center,”Oprah, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The CBS Morning Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Howard Stern. He also performed on Fox’s Choice Awards and Bravo’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards, among other specials. He’s also made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s American Dream. Ben and Sally are the offspring of Grammy-winning musical icons Carly Simon and James Taylor. (Ben Taylor; photo credit-Iris Records)

Sally Taylor, born Sarah Maria Taylor, is a singer/songwriter whose mellow work is noted for witty vocals and strong writing. She has recorded three albums: Tomboy Bride, Apt. #6S , and Shotgun. Taylor is the subject of the last song, “Sarah Maria”, on James Taylor’s album Gorilla. She is married to Dean Bragonier, and has a son, Bodhi Taylor Bragonier.
(Sally Taylor; photo credit-Trinette Fainte)


David Saw is a British singer/songwriter whose second album and U.S. debut, Broken Down Figure, was released in March 2008 on Ben Taylor’s Iris Records. The CD features beautifully arranged melodies, captivating vocals, exceptional musicianship and honest lyrics, and has heightened Saw’s status in the singer/songwriter community. Two of Saw’s songs were recorded by Carly Simon and are featured on her critically acclaimed 2007 album, Into White. Saw also released A Different Story and has performed with Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, and at Glastonbury, UK – the largest annual greenfield music and arts festival in the world. (David Saw; photo credit-Sonya Kitchell)

Sponsors
The gala concert and dinner is sponsored by the following:
Anyela’s Winery; Auburn Party Rental; Gina Castro; Rick and Ann Capozza,
Bill & Donna Davis; Clear Channel Radio; Clickdriven Marketing Group; CNY Fertility Center/CNY Healing Arts/Robert Kiltz M.D.; Cowley Associates; Steve Datz & Rachel Harms; Barbara & Jed Delmonico; Eagle Newspapers; Fleur de Lis Florist; Michael P. Falcone Family; Group M Communications; Michele Gardner Design; Darlene Kerr Family; Jim & Kimball Kraus; McGlynn Interiors; Mirbeau Inn and Spa; Sally & Bob Neumann; Susie Birchenough & Raz Rahman/Phillip Morris; Linda Roche Real Estate; Rosalie’s Cucina;
Jack & Stephanie Rudnick/Everson Museum of Art; Erin Sammut-The Go-to Girl; Julie & Joe Scuderi; Philippe & Jeremy Schwimmer; Sherwood Inn; Skaneateles Journal; Skaneateles Press; Joe & Thérèse Strodel; Syracuse.com; The Citizen; The Jacob’s Press; The Peddler Foundation; Daphné Verley; Carol Watson/Watson Greenhouse, Erin & J.B. Werner; WCNY Television; WSYR Radio; and WRVO Radio.

Tickets
The gala ticket prices are: $250 for VIP seating, $150 for patron seating, and $100 for regular seating.

Tickets may be purchased one of three ways:

1.) online at: www.skaneateles.com

2.) phone the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce at 685-0552

3.) mail a check payable to Skaneateles Arts Council, P.O. Box 422, Skaneateles, NY, 13152. Advanced purchase is required for all seating.

About the gala host – Stella Maris Retreat Center

The mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat Center was built in 1879 and originally owned by Frederick Roosevelt. In 1945 it was acquired by Bernice Smith of the Smith Corona Typewriter Company Family.
The Sisters of St. Francis purchased the property in 1952 and it was dedicated by the Bishop of Central New York as a retreat center in 1954.

(Stella Maris Lawn on Skaneateles Lake; photo credit-Marianne Angelillo)

“Stella Maris” is Latin for “Star of the Sea” – an appropriate name for a spiritual center located on beautiful Skaneateles Lake. Stella Maris is committed to the mission of leading all to a deeper knowledge and love of God and to fostering the values of hospitality, peace, unconditional love, and acceptance in their ministry.

About the Skaneateles Area Arts Council
The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The Arts Council presents cultural programming and issues community support grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area. The winners of the 2008 Skaneateles Area Arts Council Grants are: John D. Barrow Gallery; Jordon Elbridge High School; Marcellus School District; Masterworks Chorale; Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center; Skaneateles Artisans; and the Skaneateles Festival. The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization. To contact the Arts Council, call 685-2414.

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