Sunday, February 05, 2006

Submit Your Song, Bid on a Mask -- More Central Connections to the Local Arts and Culture Scene

The committee appointed by Mayor Dave to choose an official song for Madison had its first meeting last Tuesday, and Gerri DiMaggio was there, as were many other local musical luminaries. A report on the meeting, written by Kenneth Burns, is posted on the Isthmus website. You may read it by clicking HERE. Burns includes a link that allows you to email your suggestions or compositions to him, but if you’d rather send it to a fellow alumna, I’m sure we can find an email address for Gerri. Or, you might be able to hand your material to her in person if you visit DiMaggio’s Euro Design, her store on 7445 Mineral Point Road.

The current print issue of Isthmus, a Madison alternative weekly newspaper, contains a special insert about the “Mask-er-Aid” Mardi Gras Celebration and Live Auction fundraiser for HospiceCare, an event that has several Madison Central High School alumni connections.

More than 60 local and national celebrities and artists have decorated clay masks that will be auctioned off in a process that combines a silent auction and a live action for the masks that draw the most bids by 5 p.m. onWednesday, March 1, 2006. The live auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5 at the Madison Concourse Hotel (across the street from where Central High School once stood).

Mike Feeney (Class of 1963) , is one of the local artists who’ve created a mask for the “Mask-er-Aid” auction. It’s the fur-rimmed face on the left. Other mask decorators whose creations are up for bids include humorist and author Al Franken, Jackie Mitchard, whose novel “The Deep End of the Ocean” was the first pick for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, Raven Software illustrator W.C. Carani, actor Tom Wopat (and no, he wasn’t in our class, that was Art Wopat), and musician Dave Matthews. You may view all the masks, as well as place a bid, and learn more about the March 5 event, by clicking HERE to go the the HospiceCare website.

And although she graduated from West in 1965, Susan Phillips, the president and CEO of HospiceCare does have a Central connection. Before she transferred to West, she attended ninth grade at Central. Her last name was different then, however. Here's a clue to solve the mystery of her identity: click HERE to see the photo of Homeroom 203. She’s the first girl on the left in the second row.

1 comment:

D Strand said...

So that's what happened to Sue Derse!