CHPC Mardi Gras party a good time for a good cause
by Bill Kimber
Jan 08, 2014 | 782 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preserving the past can be fun. Just ask anybody who’s ever been to the Childersburg Historic Preservation Commission’s Mardi Gras Ball, held each year to raise funds for the historic Butler-Harris-Rainwater Museum.

This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Bella Luna Events Center, complete with food, fun and dancing.

“People come from Birmingham and Talladega and all around. We’ve become known as one of the most fun Mardi Gras parties,” said Dianne Newman, president of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. It’s the day of celebrating and feasting before Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. This year, Mardi Gras falls on March 4.

Tickets are $30 each, and each person in attendance receives Mardi Gras “throws” including beads and Moon Pies. There will be a buffet of New Orleans-style hors d’oeuvres, and music will be provided by Vintage 6, made up of Dan Payant, Richard Rodgers, Timbo Rodgers, Steve Cain, David Maxwell, Paul Millard and Mike McKay playing rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Revelers can bring their own beverages, and setups will be provided.

“We always vote for a Mardi Gras king and queen, and there’s a silent auction,” Newman said.

Auction items are being sought now. In the past, the auction has included rounds of golf and golf accessories, fishing tackle, beach condo rentals, quilts, handmade jewelry, crystal, sports memorabilia, gift certificates and more.

Anyone wishing to donate an item may drop it off at City Hall.

Tickets are available at Childersburg City Hall, Pam’s Hair Heaven and from commission members including Newman, Terri Kaye Cleckler, Gene Piatkowski, Mike Maxwell, Beth Maxwell, Ron Smith, Lance Tucker, Jane Allen and Debra Morris.

“We always have a great turnout – usually around 200 people,” Newman said.

“We use the money to do maintenance and upgrades at the museum. In the past we’ve used it to decorate, make curtains and buy furniture. And we have had the museum painted inside and out.”

For more information about the event, call Childersburg City Hall at 256-378-5521 or Newman at 205-410-9195.