By Kaylin Martin
It is a dinner show that traces back to the early 1950s and is known for its extravagant energy and bright history. This year’s “Candlelight, Outta Sight!” will be no exception.
To be held at Saint Mary’s University on Saturday, Feb. 9, Candlelight will provide a flashback to the era of flower power. The painted windows in the dining hall and psychedelic decorations will only enhance the ’70s-themed event, said co-producer Jo Nesler.
Candlelight, a former fundraiser, is a community-wide event, hosted biennially by the university. Now the event is a formal celebration of the university and a thank you to the community for its support, said Nesler.
“It’s a good way to give back to the community while showcasing our talent here at the university,” said senior Moreen Bosch, one of eight performers in the show.
The Candlelight entertainment, a collaborative effort from students in the music, theatre and art departments, requires participants to invest a great deal of time and work, said Bosch. “We practice over 20 hours each week, four weeks prior to the performance.”
“It really pays off in the end, though,” said senior Erin Hendricks, another performer.
The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at 6 p.m. in the lounge, followed by dinner in the dining hall, both in the Toner Student Center.
Attendees will savor the flavor of a five-course meal including: Belgian endive and spring mix salad with fresh raspberries and roquefort cheese with raspberry vinaigrette; “Fruits of the Sea in a Crepe”: crepe filled with baby shrimp, baby bay scallops, fresh lump crab meat, ricotta cheese and fresh parsley topped with lobster sauce; lemon sorbet with crème de cassis; tornado of beef fillets with a port wine reduction; white asparagus with hollandaise sauce; wild rice with fresh dates, cranberries and yellow raisins; and vanilla ice cream with candied chestnuts.
A highlight of the evening will include cabaret entertainment by Saint Mary’s students, who will perform a variety of well-known favorites from the ’60s and early ’70s, which emphasize such themes of the era as women’s liberation, war, peace and protest, inspiration and relationships.
The end of the night will feature the seven-piece Diane Martinson Band giving the audience a chance to hit the dance floor.
The cost is $75 per person or $140 per couple. Dress is formal attire, and valet parking and coat check services will be available.
Invitations have been mailed, but everyone is invited. Anyone with questions about Candlelight or who would like to attend can contact Jo Nesler at 507-457-1664.