2nd annual gala set for Bonnie Kate

Published 5:15 pm Thursday, September 20, 2018

It isn’t often you get the chance to step back in time.

Organizers with the Bonnie Kate Theater are offering the opportunity for a second straight year this weekend with the presentation of “A 1940s Evening of Jazz” inside the facility on Saturday, Sept. 22, with doors set to open at 6:30 p.m. to the public.

Marcia Ross, program coordinator at the Bonnie Kate, stated there is still time for people to pick up tickets, which are $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Bonnie Kate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, via email at bonniekatetheater@gmail.com or by calling (423) 895-1762.

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Offering an event of this magnitude continues to follow in the theater’s hopes of being a regular downtown attraction for residents and visitors alike, Ross explained. All proceeds raised from the event go toward the continued restoration of the Bonnie Kate.

But Ross was quick to mention that a ticket offers a variety of fun during the evening. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will feature music from the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece band led by Eddie Dalton. Saturday’s slate of fun will also include hors d’oeuvres, dancing and the night will be hosted by WJHL anchor and Elizabethton native Josh Smith.

Ross added that last year’s event proved to be a success and that led the theater to offer the event for a second straight year.

A trip down through the ’40s falls on the heels of the theater’s recent BBQ, Blues and Brews Festival, a more modern-day event hosted last weekend at Covered Bridge Park as a way to raise funds for the theater sponsored by the East Tennessee Foundation.

Events like this upcoming weekend and BBQ, Blues & Brews falls in line with the city’s goal of making downtown a more vibrant area with the Bonnie Kate leading the charge.

A focus of downtown revitalization is the Bonnie Kate Theater. Leaders head a vision meeting early September to discuss the future of the building. Currently the city is handling the roof repairs for the theater but other repairs are needed, including a new sprinkler system. Bonnie Kate officials added they hope to possibly expand the structure to offer more seating for plays, concerts and movie showings.

Ross thanked everyone for their support and for “being a part of the effort to preserve and enhance this wonderful space so that it can offer a place for entertainment events.”