Blessed by mild weather, Lobersterpalooza drew 350 people to the Frank & Katrina Basile Opera Center on Indy’s north side Saturday evening. Ironically, the annual fundraiser features an atomosphere that doesn't even come close to the formality associated with that of the elevated art form it supports.
With Dinah and Indiana Pacers team president Larry Bird serving as honorary chairs, the event which benefited the Indianapolis Opera was co-chaired by Louise Frederickson and Muffie James.
Founded in 1975, Indianapolis Opera is the only professional opera company in the state. Led by music director James Caraher, the IO will open its 39th season on Oct. 11 with “Three Penny Opera,” at the Basile Opera Center.
Energy from the diverse, casually dressed crowd, gathered for cocktails inside and outdoors on the patio, ran high, prior to the traditional Maine Lobster boil dinner. It was enjoyed under a large decorated tent situated on the parking lot at the rear of the facility.
Entertainment for the event was provided by a magician, fire-eater, steel drum band and a singer with an accordion.
Seated at long tables the attendees first took their assigned table seats prior to being called to a buffet where servers dished out a meal that consisted of lobster, clam chowder, steamed clams, fresh vegetables, and corn on the cob.
After dinner, guests danced to music played by a DJ.
For a look at photos of some of those who attended — view the accompanying slideshow.
For tickets and information about Indianapolis Opera’s 2013-2014 season, call (317) 283–3470 or visit www.indyopera.org.
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