Creative Tablescapes Fundraiser Sunday

Mark your calendar for this Sunday, as Yankton Area Arts will be hosting the 2009 Creative Tablescapes fundraiser. The event is schedule for June 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery and promises to be an enchanting afternoon full of imaginative decorations. This year’s theme centers on interesting and creative table settings. This event is an annual tradition and a popular fundraiser that gets friends together and helps support Yankton Area Arts.

There will be 18 table settings ranging from homemade dishware to vintage collectables. The table designers have personalized their settings to fit their interpretation of the “creative” theme. One setting is a tribute to a unique pet and another is inspired by Jimmy Buffett. New this year we will be asking you to pick the favorite design for the People’s Choice Award. Attendees will vote for their favorite Tablescapes once they have had the chance to examine all entries. When the votes are tallied we will announce the winner next week here in the Art Forms Column.

Since Tablescapes is taking place on Flag Day this year, we are honoring the holiday by decorating our studio space in red, white and blue. This is also where we will host refreshments on Sunday for our guests. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Yankton Area Arts, Hy Vee, Rexall Drug and Pied Piper Flower Shop. Come join us on June 14 and enjoy the beautiful table settings and some wonderful refreshments.

Meanwhile, next Tuesday will be our third installment of the Yankton Area Band Concert in our summer series. We are pleased to welcome back Chuck Varilek as the guest conductor on June 16. Chuck was a member of the Yankton Area Summer Band from its start. He performed regularly with the group until moving to Colorado and enjoys joining the band whenever he returns to the area.

Chuck Varilek graduated from Tyndall High School, attended the University of South Dakota at Springfield for two years and graduated from USD in Vermillion with a degree in Music Education in 1978. Over the next 11 years he taught in Irene, Scotland and Vermillion before moving to Colorado in 1989. Varilek has been the Director of Bands at Estes Park High School for 20 years. During this time, the band has become recognized as one of the top small-school band programs in Colorado, earning numerous awards in marching band, jazz band and concert band. It has also reached the State Finals 13 straight years and has won two State Championships.

The Yankton Area Band Concert Rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. for any volunteer musicians interested in playing and the concert begins promptly at 8 p.m. For late changes due to weather, listen to the radio stations – WNAX, 570 AM; KYNT, 1450 AM or KVHT, 106.3 FM. You can also find more information by visiting the Yankton Area Arts website at Changes to the band’s evening will be made and posted by 4p.m.

This is a wonderful time of year to be living in the Yankton area and a great time to get out and enjoy the arts. We hope to see you at one of these events this week!

Yankton Area Arts Calendar of Events:

• June 14 YAA Creative Tablescapes 1p.m. – 4p.m. The 2009 theme centers on interesting and creative table settings, the fundraiser supports Yankton Area Arts. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Yankton Area Arts, Hy Vee, Rexall Drug and Pied Piper Flower Shop

• June 16 Summer Band Concert 8 p.m. Riverside Park Amphitheater featuring Chuck Varilek

• July 20 – 24 Entries accepted for the Mighty Mo Photo Show – for information on submitting work please go to or call YAA 665-9754

• August 8 – September 16 The River:Wonder of Nature – Mighty Mo Photo Show

If you are interested finding other art activities in the area please contact the office at 665.9754 or go to our website

The G.A.R. Hall Gallery and Yankton Area Arts are located at 508 Douglas Avenue, Yankton. The gallery is open to the public free of charge from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information contact Pam Meylor, YAA Executive Director at (605) 665-9745 or

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