Mardi Gras Fundraiser

On Saturday, February 18, the Woodgrove Fine Arts Department hosted its second annual Mardi Gras fundraiser. From 6 to 9 pm, students performed and volunteered as people watched and admired the student artwork on display, while enjoying hor’duerves catered by Savoire Fair.

Some students volunteered, serving food to the paying guests. Senior Josh Clarke said, “I volunteered to serve food because I enjoy my art class very much and appreciate the fundraising for the whole fine arts department.”

Others helped by face-painting. “The best part of the night was when I painted my parents’ faces,” said freshman Amanda Dukinfield. “I painted a joker face on my dad and a gold, purple, and green Mardi Gras mask on my mom.”

The Western Loudoun Indoor Drumline, a combination of Woodgrove and Valley students, gave a performance. Sophomore Chris Elliot said, “Drumline is pretty cool. We get to converse and see what other musicians, under another instructor, are doing.”

The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band also performed. “I really like Jazz Band,” said freshman William Jones.

Guitar students and an orchestra quartet performed outside the cafeteria and gym. The orchestra quartet performed contemporary pieces, including ‘The Dance of Iscariot,’ ‘Arlington Sketches,’ and ‘Speckled Hen Overture.’ Sophomore Jonathan Harris feels the quartet’s performance was successful. “Everyone did their part to help it come together,” said Harris.

Both the men’s and women’s choirs performed. Junior Stephan Washington, a member of the men’s choir, said, “The experience was enjoyable.”

Drama students performed a one-act play, called ‘Love Lessons.’ It told the story of statues which come to life, and provided insight into human love. A couple drama students also served as comedic ‘greeters’ announcing the events happening throughout the night. Senior Don Taylor said, “I was recruited as a greeter by Mr. Noland.”

At the end of the night, donated items auctioned off. “The auction was really fun to watch,” said freshman Ashley Morris.

Music and art classes, as well as dance team, put together gift baskets for the raffle. The winners of the baskets, as well as two door prizes of cakes, were announced at the end of the night.

The fundraiser appeared to be successful. “The entire event went very well and smoothly,” said Clarke. “Every showcase was organized very well.”