Bethel whips up support for local art council

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 12, 2012

One of the biggest fund raisers for the Cama-i Dance Festival is happening this weekend in Bethel. The Bethel Council on the Arts is presenting its annual “Just Desserts” show this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center. The family event will feature a variety of local talent as well as the finest local desserts.

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Betsy Taguchi is President of the art council.

“Oh my gosh, it’s just amazing to see what people bring in, and you go, ‘I don’t know if I can put a knife in this one’, but we do, so that everyone can share them,” Taguchi says.

Most of the desserts are sold by the slice. A few of the fanciest ones will be auctioned off.

Taguchi says Just Desserts has been going on for at least the past 10 years. The event not gives people a taste of Bethel’s finest desserts, but also a taste of the variety of local talent that is here.

“There is going to be sort of a raconteur, people telling stories, people playing music, some singing, some dancing,” Taguchi says. “It’s a real old fashion variety show I guess.”

Taguchi says it takes a lot of man power to put it on. The BRHS Passport Club, high schoolers who are raising money to go to Europe, are helping with the event.

“It takes a lot of people to work in the kitchen and put things out and run around,” says Taguchi. “So, besides the performers up on stage, there’s a lot of effort going on behind stage.”

The Bethel Council on the Arts is a major sponsor of the Cama-I Dance Festival. Some of the proceeds from Just Desserts help make that event happen.

“We always need seed money for Cama-i,” Taguchi says. “It takes end money, but it costs a lot of money to put it on, especially the travel part. So, we always need some start up funds to do the beginning work with that.”

Bethel Council on the Arts also sponsors concerts of visiting musicians at the Cultural Center through out the year.

Doors open for the Just Desserts show at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Cultural Center. Adults are $7, students and seniors and children under 5 are free. There is also a family discount as well.

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