Spring Gala to feature a wedding and a murder

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DUMMERSTON — Here's your chance to crash a wedding AND support a great cause! On Saturday, April 8, Youth Services will be holding its Annual Gala & Silent Auction in the church and grange of Dummerston Center from 5 to 10 p.m. New to the event is a murder mystery twist, complements of the talented actors of Vermont Theatre Company. Tickets are $85 per person ($55 of which is tax deductible) at www.youthservicesinc.org/gala.

The festive evening of food and drink by Hardy Foard Catering will start with a wedding and a whodunit? mystery at the church.

The play has six characters, a "law enforcement officer," and secret clues for

the audience.

In between the wedding dinner, silent auction of the "gift table" wedding cake, champagne toast and dancing to the tunes of The Butterfly Swing Band, clues will be revealed, accusations will be made, and fun will be had by all.

The evening of mystery, intrigue and live music will benefit Youth Services' programs for area young people. The Butterfly Swing Band plays classic swing grooves from the '20s, '30s and '40s, with Joe LoMonaco, on drums, Jon Oltman upright bass, Scott Sizer trumpet, harmonica and vocals, Mark Anagnostopulos guitar and vocals, and Walter Slowinski clarinet, sax and vocals. The Butterfly Swing vocals include two and three-part harmonies.

"Their musical spontaneity, moving from one player to another, give rise to riffs that metamorphosis into new themes," recalled Ana Saavedra, a Youth Services board member who danced at a recent performance.

"The Butterfly Swing Band is guaranteed to get this gala audience schmoozin' and movin'."

Youth Services Pacesetter Sponsors are The Richards Group, GS Precision and Brattleboro Ford Subaru.

For more information or to reserve a table for 6 or more call Youth Services at 802-257-0361, visit youthservicesinc.org/gala or email info@youthservicesinc.org.

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