LACA Cajun dinner, dance FUNdraiser to celebrate Mardi Gras

LUDINGTON — Join the Ludington Area Center as it celebrates Mardi Gras on Saturday, with a Cajun dinner and dance FUNdraiser. This second annual event will take place from 5-10 p.m. in LACA’s Main Gallery, 107 S. Harrison St., in Ludington, and will feature authentic Creole appetizers and buffet dinner, Cajun dance instruction and live Cajun music.

This popular event will get underway at 5 p.m. with appetizers and a cash bar. The Creole culinary wonders of Chef Berry Sherlock will be on display during the 6 p.m. dinner buffet. Live music from Sel de Terre avec Appleseed Collective will get underway at 7 p.m. and will include Cajun dance instruction from Julie Sherlock. Throughout the evening there will be a number items up for bid during silent auctions to add to the the evening’s entertainment.

LACA Cajun dinner/dance FUNdraiser tickets are at a cost per person for LACA member and at a cost per person for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at eventbright.com, at the LACA office or by calling (231) 845-2787. All proceeds go towards promoting the arts in the Ludington area. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door; those planning to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. His culinary career has spanned a diversity of endeavors including executive chef of Green Ridge Country Club in Grand Rapids, hotel and banquet kitchen management and restaurant executive chef/kitchen management.

He has additionally owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and has volunteered his culinary expertise extensively throughout the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Sel de Terre avec Appleseed Collective is a full Cajun dance band from the Manchester, area and play traditional Cajun music. The sounds of twin fiddles, accordion, rhythm guitar, tee-fer (Cajun triangle) and upright bass accompany the lyrics sung in Cajun French. This is the music of the dancehalls and bal de maison (house dances) of southwest Louisiana, referred to as French music in Louisiana. Band members appearing on Feb. 10 will be Peter Lynch, fiddle/vocals; Emily Scomouits, fiddle; Davis West, fiddle; Steve Rohs, Guitar; Jacob Warren, bass; and John Reiser, accordion.

Dance instructor Julie Sherlock will provide dance instruction for the Cajun two-step and Waltz. She is the vocal and general music teacher at Baldwin Elementary School and exhibits a keen interest in diversity and multicultural music education. Currently, she teaches twice weekly general music, drumming, ukulele, choir and band classes to approximately 300 students from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Julie’s fascination with Cajun and Creole music and culture began several years ago and led her to Lafayette, La., where she studied Cajun fiddle and dance with notables including Courtney Granger, David Greeley, Jonno Frishberg and Corey Porchye. She has also assisted in Cajun and Zydeco dance instruction at the Wheatland Music Organization’s Music and Dance Week.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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