Fundraising is vital to continuing the wonderful outreach programs of the Mispillion Art League, programs such as Third Thursdays and workshops for the Stevenson House Detention Center for Youth and People’s Place Women’s Shelter (to name a few). When a nonprofit organization plans a fundraiser, there’s a certain obligation to give the donors something worthwhile in return for their support. The Mispillion Art League fundraising committee certainly took that charge seriously. After many months of planning, the Rosedale Revisited event delivered an evening of fun, delicious food and up-lifting entertainment. And thanks to our incredibly supportive community, the evening was practically sold-out.
Rosedale was a resort on the north side of Indian River Inlet, where Gull Point now stands, west of Oak Orchard. It was part of the Chitlin Circuit – a group of venues for black entertainers and black audiences. The resort began in the 1900s, and its boardwalk was destroyed in the storm of 1962.
DonDel Productions presented a unique program, weaving storytelling and musical numbers together to paint a vivid picture of what life at the Rosedale Resort was like from the 1930s through the 1960s. They created an atmosphere of carefree summer days with the music of the masters who performed at the Rosedale Resort Hotel. Don and Delores Blakey, Henry Green, Ruth Shelton, Terry Gregg, Pat Randolph, Avon Barbara, Donna Blakey and Ned Brown had folks up on their feet dancing and at times even singing along.
Yes, there are fundraisers, and then there was Rosedale Revisited, a joyous event celebrating a memorable piece of history. What a night! An enthusiastic thank you to everybody involved.
Contributed by Cathy Walls