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The Smith to Host Second Annual “A Sparkling Night: A Midwinter Masquerade” Fundraising Event!


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[The Smith to Host Second Annual “A Sparkling Night: A Midwinter Masquerade” Fundraising Event!]


Photo Credit: Ryan Dickson 

GENEVA, NY – Raise a glass while raising funds for Geneva’s historic Smith Opera House. A Sparkling Night at The Smith: A Mid-Winter Masquerade will take place Saturday, February 25th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. This event will join together the splendor of the Smith with the dynamism of the Finger Lakes Wine Region for a fun and inventive gala evening. Taking guests back in time to a 1920s era Masquerade Party, the evening will feature six leading Finger Lakes wineries pouring samples of their best sparkling wines, food pairings, live music from The Djangoners, and even vintage champagne coupes to drink from. This will be a winter night where all the stars come out in The Smith’s ceiling and beyond.

Tickets are priced at $100 and are limited. Purchase here. 

The Smith Opera House will serve as the backdrop for this night of jazzy enjoyment Attendees will sample sparkling wines from Dr. Konstantin Frank, Fox Run Vineyards, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Hosmer Winery, Red Tail Ridge Winery, and Ravines Wine Cellars. Local purveyors Kindred Fare, Avvino, Rio Tomatlan, Ferona, Bubby’s BBQ, and Rose’s Tavern at the Lake House will provide edible pairings for the wines. Finally, the evening will conclude with bites of Carymo Chocolate and sips of Winter Swan Coffee.

Attendees will enjoy period-appropriate live music from The Djangoners. Throughout the night, guests may continue exploring the beautiful space and purchase full bottles of any of the wines sampled throughout the night!

Smith volunteer and winemaker, Kelby Russell, conceptualized A Sparkling Night as a classy winter evening featuring wine, music and community. “We have this beautiful space, and it feels like a very appropriate winter activity, and a way to celebrate the amazing wine industry we have here at the same time,” said Russell. He also gave an extra-special shout out to the volunteer who scoured garage sales and antique stores to collect 200 vintage etched-glass coupe glasses for guests to use for their tastings throughout the evening!

This is a 21+ years event. Generous sponsorship from Hancock Estabrook and Finger Lakes Partners Insurance allow all the proceeds of this event to go directly into fundraising for the beautiful Smith Opera house. Check the Smith’s website to purchase your ticket now!

To learn more about events offered by The Smith Center for the Arts visit, or visit or call our box office for phone and in-person sales, 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday. The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Please email or call (315) 781-5483. For more information visit