Festival BBQ, auction May 26

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Highmount – The Belleayre Conservatory will host its annual Barbecue Dinner Dance and Auction on Sunday, May 26 at 5 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain’s Overlook Lodge.

The conservatory is the not-for-profit organization that annually presents the renowned Belleayre Music Festival, now entering its 22nd season. The Memorial Day weekend event is the traditional fund-raising event that jump-starts the festival’s season.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a complimentary wine (provided by Belleayre’s board of directors) and a cash bar. From 5-8:30 p.m., bids will be accepted for the silent auction. Among the wonderful prizes being offered will be: Catskill Region arts and crafts, sports and recreation packages, accommodations at world-famous four- and five-start hotels and destinations, fine dining, entertainment and wearable items.

The live auction gets underway at 6:30 p.m. A sampling of the featured prizes in the live auction include:
• An NBC Sunday Night Football package
• A NYC Lower East Side travel package
• Local jewelry and crafts
• Tickets to concerts at venues throughout the area including Bethel Woods, the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway
• Trips to the Caribbean and other exciting locales

The BBQ dinner follows the live auction and then it’s time for dancing to the red-hot sounds of one of the area’s top bands, Blues Maneuver.

Belleayre Music Festival’s season includes Dwight Yoakam on July 6, the Manhattan Transfer on July 13 and the Doobie Brothers on July 20. For a complete list of shows, please visit belleayremusic.org.
Tickets to this unique Memorial Weekend event are available for $65 for adults and $40 children under 14 by calling 845 254-5600, ext. 1344. Reservations are necessary.