NWA to host Robin Hood, Wine Opener, and Red Tie Dinner

event preview by Brittany Ransom
bransom@thecitywire.com

Northwest Arkansas will finish February by welcoming Robin Hood to the stage, hosting a premier Wine Opener and Angel Gala, and honoring some of University of Arkansas’ finest Razorback athletes.

• JBU presents "Robin Hood"
The John Brown University Department of Music and Theater will present a comedic take on the Nottingham legend, "Robin Hood," Feb. 20-23.

Performances will be held in the Berry Performing Arts Center on the JBU campus in Siloam Springs. Show times will include 7 p.m performances on Feb. 20 and 21, a 1 p.m. showing on Feb. 22, and a final performance at 2 p.m. on the Feb. 23.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior adults, $8 for non-JBU students and $3 for JBU students. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 479-524-7382.

• The Wine Opener (benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host its premier event, The Wine Opener, on Feb. 21.

Guests will enjoy sampling a variety of fine wines, while treating themselves to delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts from local eateries. A special VIP reserve station will also be set up, along with silent auction tables.  A number of items will also be up for grabs in the exciting live auction.

The event will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. VIP reserve tasting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the general wine opener at 6:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m.

Individual tickets are $100. For more information, contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 479-799-3206.

• Havenwood Angel Gala
Havenwood, a transitional housing program for single parents and their children, will host its 20th annual Angel Gala on Feb. 22. The anniversary celebration will include a full night of drinks, dinner, auctions, and dancing.

The gala will be held at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Bentonville, beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., with the dance portion of the evening beginning at 8:30 p.m. Guests will also have the chance to take part in both a live and silent auction.

Attire is semi-formal. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online, by phone, or email. For more information, call 479-273-1060.


• Red Tie Dinner & Auction
The Razorback Foundation will host its premier fundraiser and honors banquet, the Red Tie Dinner & Auction, on Feb. 22 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The 17th annual Red Tie event will include fine dining, balloon prizes, a wine grab, a photo booth, and the chance to bid on many great prizes in the live and silent auction.

Several Razorback athletes will be honored during the program for their academic and athletic achievements, as well as for their service to the community. Awards will be presented to the male and female Scholars of the Year, Athletes of the Year, and Razorback Spirit Winners.

Guests will also have the chance to interact with Razorback coaches, university staff, and many U of A athletes. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m., with registration to follow at 5:30. Dinner and the formal program will commence at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $100. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Razorback Foundation and its efforts to "make a significant impact on the lives of student-athletes in the classroom, on the field and in the community." For more information, contact the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.

• Walton Arts Center Masquerade Ball
In the spirit of all things Mardi Gras, The Walton Arts Center will host its fourth annual Masquerade Ball on March 1. Festivities will get underway at 6 p.m. in the center's Baum Walker Hall Stage. The evening will include fine dining, drinks, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

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Guests will enjoy a lavish Cajun cuisine, including Cajun smoked pork loin, Oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, and fried alligator with sweet jalapeno pesto/sauce ravigote. Dessert will be provided by the popular Soda Fountain Experience and will include a variety of ice cream and toppings. Cocktails will also be served.

Returning to the Masquerade this year will be the band Lagniappe. The group will entertain the crowd with their wide selection of jazz and R&B tunes. Attendees will also have the chance to enter the second annual MASK contest and can enjoy some photo booth fun in the process.

The event serves as the organization's largest fundraiser, benefitting arts education. Tickets start at $250 and can be purchased by calling Ryan Bradshaw at 479-571-2796. A limited number of corporate tables are still available for purchase. For more information, contact Catherine Wilson at 479-571-2786.

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