If you didn’t already know, 171 Cedar Arts Center is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!

That’s 50 years this community has enjoyed the benefits of a dynamic performing and visual arts program! 

Have you checked out their offerings lately? The variety of classes you can take astounds me! And that’s just classes… not to mention all the awesome art exhibits in the gallery, special events, shows, and camps!

As one who teaches, takes classes, has my children take classes, and gets to watch many aspects of life at 171 through my lens, I have to say a huge Happy Anniversary to the Arts Center and a giant THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all you do. 

Cheers to you guys! You deserve to celebrate!



And speaking of the things they do, the amazing team at 171 put together a stellar summer party earlier this month that was equal parts fundraiser and celebration. It was a beautiful evening that guests spent outdoors dining under tents, listening to live jazz music, catching up with friends, enjoying signature drinks, bidding on amazing centerpiece art and barrels of awesome products, and dancing the night away.



The grounds of the National Soaring Museum were transformed into a Dining in Flight party that took guests soaring through different themed food selections by city (Rome? Paris? Singapore? Yes, please!) and gave them a variety of delicious cocktail options from Four Fights Distilling, plus wine and beer from Cugini Cafe, and even the option to purchase cigars from Brown’s Cigar Store!



Everyone was wearing summery colors and feeling so fancy under the twinkly lights! 



The kiddos had a blast being entertained and eating in a private room full of awesome local artists doing face-paint, crafts, and other fun activities. Plus they got to run around and enjoy the sunset! 



And the Duvid Smering Quintet featuring Cookie Coogan (MAN can that woman SING!) closed out the night with amazing music and dancing as the sun set over Harris Hill behind us.



Well done to all involved in the planning of such a lovely evening. And again, Happy Anniversary to 171! 

Do you love these photos? You can order copies for yourself! The entire image set is available through this link and you can purchase directly from the website. There’s also a video here explaining how the packages work. Please let me know if you have any questions!