On a crisp Bavarian night in December, lovers of all the arts gathered at Briarhurst Manor Estate for the Colorado Springs Symphonic Guild's annual Bavarian Christmas, an event supporting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
In front of one of the manor's decorated trees, Al Buettner, chairman of the philharmonic board, was engaged in conversation with Carol Montgomery, chair of the TheatreWorks board.
Gloria and Alan Wendt of the Opera League were engrossed in a music discussion with Katherine George, who was chair of the evening's expansive auction.
As the music of Cynthia, Don and Janelle Robinson floated through the air, several Fine Arts Center members talked art.
The philharmonic president and CEO, Nathan Newbrough, and wife Marie chatted with Carolyn and Bruce Kopper, whose philanthropies span arts and nonprofits.
Janet Conover shared with table mates and family which philharmonic concerts she most anticipated.
It was a heady arts evening with silent auction items filling tables in several rooms of the manor. Bidding was brisk for Jane Beeder's necklace, a Tibetan pendant inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Foodies vied for Linda Nicks' cooking class and Ginger Russell's catered dinner.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center invited bidders to come to Pueblo, offering a family membership to the art museum teamed with tea at Sisters' Courtyard and fresh-baked cookies from Hopscotch Bakery. The Pueblo folks revealed that, yes, indeed, their Bingo Burgers are coming to downtown Colorado Springs, but they're not sharing Hopscotch Bakery, a hometown favorite.
Trips are always favorite auction items and George Preston of KCME enticed bidders with Anne Young's offer of seven nights in her Park City, Utah, condo or seven days and nights at Al and Leigh Buettner's Snowmass condo and even a trip to the ocean for eight to Charles and Mary Hotchkiss' Myrtle Beach condo.
Celebrating the successful evening were committee members Mary Ellis, Katherine George, Roslyn Block, Judith Casey, Nora Durham, Nancy Fortuin, Marie Newbrough, Linda Nicks, Pamela Street, Sherry Toepfer and Becky Shyley.