Finally feeling like winter, Mother Nature was outside spitting snow while a fountain inside the beautiful Fairholme oozed chocolate.
Volunteers from JMAM’s board of directors worked throughout the day Saturday. Some were even in the kitchen after the doors had opened, making just a little bit more chocolate mousse.
Paul Fourshee, JMAM board member, described the kitchen to a passer-by as a madhouse. They replied, perhaps with a bit of envy, “It’s a fragrant madhouse.”
The rest of the building may not have shared the same madcap atmosphere — two skilled violinists helped the sugar-filled patrons from bouncing off the walls — but it certainly smelled as pleasantly.
This year’s event took place in three phases so two hundred people wouldn’t converge all at once. Board member Vicki Karrigan said the method served them well and would be used again at the third-annual affair.
Proceeds from the gala go to the museum’s general operating fund, which helps make possible events like the previous night’s opening of “True Colors,” an exhibit of works by middle and high school students.
Karrigan said board members are still calculating how many people attended this year’s gala and how much money they raised. She did say, however, “We were very pleased with our turnout.”