PAS Beerfest 2011–70 Beers and Counting


PAS Beerfest 2011

The Performing Arts Society 3rd Annual Beerfest is Saturday, October 22 from 12:00 NOON to 6:00 PM at The Forum in downtown Macomb. Beerfest features 70 beers and complimentary snacks to attendees 21 years and older. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for the public and $5 for students with a valid university ID.

The PAS Beerfest is the only chance in west central Illinois to taste some of the most sought after brews around. Tasting tickets are $.75 each or 8 for $5. Taste beers from Michigan, Colorado, California, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Canada and Germany.

The “Special Release Beers” tasting is one of the highlights of the event. Every hour on the hour, from 1:00 to 5:00, Beerfest will feature a very hard to get brew: 1:00—Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine; 2:00—Smuttynose Older Brown Dog 2007; 3:00—Two Brothers Askew; 4:00—Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial; and 5:00— Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

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PAS Gala & Silent Auction 2011–A Night at the Oscars

PAS Gala & Silent Auction 2011--A Night at the Oscars

PAS Gala & Silent Auction 2011--A Night at the Oscars

The Performing Arts Society Gala and Silent Auction 2011 presents “A Night at the Oscars” Saturday, November 12 at the Western Illinois University Union First Floor from 5:00- 11:00 PM. MidAmerica National Bank is the official sponsor of the PAS Gala 2011.

Get ready for an “Oscar” experience where you are the star. The red carpet, paparazzi, photos at the “walk of fame” wall—and all of this for a great cause—supporting the arts. The evening begins at 5:00 PM with valet parking on both sides of Murray Street. Enter the Union at the new Murray Street entrance and walk into Hollywood!

A social hour from 5:00 to 6:00 PM will include the Gala 2011 signature drink, “Oscar’s Red Carpet.” Passed hors d’ oeuvres in the Prairie Lounge begin the evening: Jerk Beef on Crostini, South Indian Kabobs, Fried Mozzarella with Arugula and Prosciutto will please any palate.

Most importantly, the social hour gives Gala guests the opportunity to view and bid on the spectacular Gala Silent Auction items. This year’s auction items include trips, tickets to sporting and cultural events, golf opportunities, local services, jewelry, art, and so much more. Check the Silent Auction items at for the most current list of auction items.

The Performing Arts Society (PAS) encourages all Gala guests to bid often and generously on the Silent Auction items, as the Silent Auction is the true fundraising aspect of the Gala.

The PAS fundraising supports the Youth Performing Arts Series, which brings thousands of area youth to the WIU campus to experience live arts performances. PAS funds cover transportation costs as well as attendance at the YPAS shows, which makes everything free of charge to the students and the schools. PAS also funds scholarships for students to attend Summer Music Camps; it supports the Bureau of Cultural Affairs; and it supports the Academic Support Program grants, which brings arts opportunities to the campus and community.

“A Night at the Oscars” dinner presents a fabulous menu that includes salad, three entrées, and a delicious dessert. Beginning with a Mesclun and Cherry Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, guests will choose from three entrees: Steak Oscar, Miso Glazed Salmon, or Roasted Vegetable Polenta Paradise with warm Tomato Coulis. All entrées will be served with Butternut Squash Risotto and Tricolored Carrots with Pearl Onions and Fennel. Dessert ends the evening menu: Lemon Mousse Parfait with White & Dark Chocolate garnished with Citrus Strawberries.

Chicago’s Park Avenue Orchestra entertains after dinner. “One of Chicago Lands premier Orchestra’s, the Park Avenue Orchestra employs some of the finest professional musicians in the Chicago-land area.” The Orchestra travels with a rhythm section, as well as a horn section and multiple vocalists. Their diverse song list ranges from familiar standards, jazz and swing to Motown, Oldies, and Contemporary Pop/Rock. With over 20 years of experience, the Park Avenue Orchestra keeps the dance floor filled by performing the widest range of musical styles possible.

Individual tickets are $70 per seat. Corporate tables are available at $90 and $100 a seat. Call 309.298.1618 for reservations or more information.

Dan Schmidt, faculty assistant and scene shop manager, and Scot Bouillon, faculty assistant and scene shop master builder, sculpt a prop for the PAS Gala 2011, “A Night at the Oscars.”

Dan Schmidt, faculty assistant and scene shop manager, and Scot Bouillon, faculty assistant and scene shop master builder, sculpt a prop for the PAS Gala 2011, “A Night at the Oscars.”

The $70 price is ticket to the event, dinner and dancing. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to donate to the Performing Arts Society, in support of our children and art community, by bidding at the silent auction, making a cash donation or by becoming a PAS Member.

Marc Spiegel does Einstein Live!

Spiegel interacts with children

Spiegel interacts with children

Marc Spiegel is Einstein Live! He performed for 650 kids in the COFAC Recital Hall on November 17, 2010 for the first performance of the 2010-11 Youth Performing Arts series.

Thank you to PAS Board members Barb Baily, Tom Fortuna, Steve Hopper, John Nelson and Fred Seaton for ushering this show.

Volunteers are always welcomed to attend and help usher the kids from the buses to the show and back out to the buses.  That’s a lot of kid moving and we can use all the volunteers we can find.  Call Lily Blouin, YPAS Coordinator, to volunteer–309.298.3572

PAS Beerfest 2010: 2nd Annual

Cindy McDaniel and Courtney Blankenship, Beerfest 2009

Cindy McDaniel and Courtney Blankenship, Beerfest 2009

Western Illinois University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication Performing Arts Society (PAS) has partnered with two Macomb businesses to present a fundraiser - - the 2nd annual PAS Beerfest.

With partners The Forum and West Pierce Liquors, the PAS Beerfest will be held on Saturday, October 16th. Guests must be 21 years old to attend.

Money raised from the Beerfest will assist the Performing Arts Society sponsor the Youth Performing Art Series, which brings more than 6,000 children to Western’s campus each year for live arts performances and helps subsidize bus costs for the series; and provide summer music camp scholarships to talented young musicians. The PAS also provides more than $90,000 annually to WIU and the community for arts-related events through funding provided to the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and to the Performing Arts Society Academic Support Program.

The PAS includes community and University volunteers who, as patrons of the arts, are dedicated to advancing arts programming at Western Illinois University and in the region. PAS raises funds through memberships and social fund raising functions to support arts programming.

Diamonds & Denim 2010

d-and-d-poster-2010smDon’t miss Macomb’s best summer party! The Performing Arts Society Diamonds & Denim 2010, August 7, 2010 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at the Change of Pace, Macomb, Illinois.

Ken Carlyle and the Cadillac Cowboys will be playing a reunion concert inside and DJ Matt will be spinning tunes on the patio. You don’t want to miss the chance to hear Ken Carlyle and the Cadillac Cowboys–probably the best and most well known band out of Macomb. And they don’t get together very often anymore so this is your chance to hear them and relive those carefree days of summer.

Perhaps the best part of Diamonds & Denim is the DIAMOND! Once again Sue Melton of the Diamond Den has generously donated a 1 carat, round, brilliant cut diamond in a solitaire setting and someone will get to wear it home! All you have to do is buy a raffle ticket…or maybe 10 raffle tickets. Or however many you want! You can buy the raffle tickets at the event or in advance by calling 309.298.1618. You do not have to be present to win.

Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Diamond Den, Citizens Bank, The Barbershop, Nelson’s Clothing, MidAmerica National Bank, or the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Come and enjoy Macomb’s best summer party, music by Ken Carlyle and the Cadillac Cowboys and DJ Matt, the chance to win a 1 carat diamond, and food compliments of Hy-Vee Food Store.

Winners will be responsible for all taxes associated with prizes.

PAS Wine Tasting Photo Gallery

To view photos from PAS Wine Tasting 2010, go to the PAS Facebook Photo link.

To view ALL the PAS Wine Tasting 2010 photos and to purchase photos, go to the WIU Visual Production Center.

PAS Wine Tasting 2010 Huge Success

The PAS Wine Tasting 2010 was a huge success for so many reasons: great attendance–largest group we’ve ever had; great Silent Auction; and the wines–well they were just delicious.  Thanks to Sodexo for providing a delicious canape buffet and tenderloin carving station.  The food was a wonderful way to really “taste” the wines.  From the cheeses and hot hors d’oeuvres to the chocolates and nuts with the dessert wines, it was a delicious, successful evening.

Thanks to the Wine Tasting Committee for making this one of the best Performing Arts Society Wine Tastings ever:  thanks to John and Brenda Nelson.

PAS Member at Patron

24399_361206014703_298078984703_3458188_7470506_sPAS members at the Patron level enjoy a pre-show reception in the
Hall of Fame room prior to the performance of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Sign up for free ticket to “Cirque Viola”

24399_361208159703_298078984703_3458206_1232711_sCathy Null, Maria Dunstan, and Kristin Dunstan encourage guests at Jesus Christ Superstar to sign up for free tickets to Cirque Voila. Lee Unger of Blandinsville was the lucky winner!

Tom Booth

Roxy Fess and Tom Booth at the reception following Tom’s
performance in “Thomas Booth Remembering Mario Lanza: His Life and His
Music.” Tom presented a fabulous concert and narrative about Lanza.
It was fascinating to find out that Lanza had performed at Western long
ago in the 40s. Tom’s ability to capture Lanza’s voice and tell his
story left the audience feeling they had seen two great singers that