Due to the overwhelmingly positive response received last year, the Smith Opera House’s annual Medley of Tastes will once again be held in and around Houghton House on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The popular wine and food tasting fundraising event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 23.
One of Ontario County’s premier events of its kind, nearly 50 vendors from restaurants and wineries throughout the region are expected to share their finest samples or “tastes” with event attendees.
Located off of South Main Street in Geneva, Houghton House is hidden deep amidst a cornucopia of trees and greenery. Its driveway through the woods is long and winding; its seclusion and grandeur recall relaxing summer evenings of yore sipping one’s favorite beverage on the veranda and helps set the stage for the elegant and inviting evening of
fabulous food, delicious drink and memorable music ahead.
People’s choice awards in four different categories will be given to participating vendors at the conclusion of the evening. Last year’s winners were:
• Hamilton 258 – “Best Food Taste”
• Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars and Chateau Frank- “Best Wine Taste”
• Miller’s Essenhaus – “Best Dessert Taste”
• Hobart and William Smith Colleges Dining Services – “Best Presentation”
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Only 350 tickets will be available for purchase. They may be purchased at The Smith box office or by calling 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 866-355-LIVE.
All patrons receive a complimentary limited edition 2003 Medley of Tastes wine glass with admission. There will also be exciting raffle opportunities featuring gift certificates and products from Finger Lakes region restaurants and wineries.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.
All proceeds generated by the 2003 Medley of Tastes go to support the family and children’s programming at the historic Geneva landmark.
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Smith Opera House background:
Built in 1894 by local philanthropist William Smith as a vaudeville playhouse, the Smith Opera House was renovated in 1931 by Schine’s Amusement Company and transformed into an “atmospheric” movie palace.
Recognized nationally by major preservation organizations including the National Register of Historic Places and the Smithsonian, the Smith Opera House is among the oldest operating theatres in the United States.
Boasting superb acoustics, The Smith hosts year-round musical, dance, and theatrical performances for all audiences including students during school hours and families on weekends. Recent performers have included Dave Matthews, Barenaked Ladies, Bela Fleck, Collin Raye, Sammy Kershaw and Billy Joel. Over forty foreign and independent films, along with Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, are shown on its 40’x30′ screen each year. The Smith is also host to speakers such as Elie Weisel and Ralph Nader, local graduations, class reunions, weddings and community meetings.
Since 1995, The Smith has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation to restore all 1,438 seats, install new carpeting to match the original 1931 pattern and manufacture, relocate and create a new concession stand, repair the outdoor stone and terra cotta facade, upgrade heating, plumbing and electrical systems, provide handicapped accessible rest rooms, rebuild fire escapes, acquire a Steinway grand piano, install new main entry doors, and renovate second and third floor offices. Recently completed projects include an upgrade of the stage rigging, restoration of the remaining store front and front entrance side doors, rest room expansion, and the establishment of a community cabaret. A back stage crossover, renovated and expanded dressing rooms, new stage floor, loading dock, rooftop power vent, exhaust fan, and tapestry replacement are in the planning stages.