To the Editor:
On Saturday evening, the Minnesinger Parents’ Group hosted the first annual Mid-Winter Ball and Gala at the Harbor View Hotel. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Minnesingers and their director thank the parents’ group and all the volunteers for their many hours of time and tireless efforts, and we express appreciation to the Island community for its continued generosity in attending the Gala and for contributing silent and live auction items. A special thank-you for the generous support from the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Permanent Endowment
The Minnesingers had the great experience of performing Toto’s “Africa” and Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “We Are” with Jerry Bennett’s Sultans of Swing, who had the crowd on the dance floor throughout the evening. Thanks to Jerry and to former Minnesinger Joanne Cassidy and the energetic and entertaining band members. Additional acknowledgement to the Harbor View Hotel for the elegant venue and food, and accommodating staff; Suzanne Wesley and Krishana Collins from Tea Lane Farm for the sparkling décor; auctioneer ‘Trader’ Fred Mascolo and Matthew Regan for poster and advertising design.