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Mountain Top winter waltz party on March 9

3-9-13-winter-waltz-partyFor the 2012 winter waltz party, several women rented evening gowns from Patty’s Place, a costume designer’s studio in Fryeburg. Pictured here are: Hannah Barton, Claire Devellian, Jeanne Mason, Mary Bastoni-Rebman, and Colleen Bousquet. (DENNIS COUGHLIN PHOTO)JACKSON — The Mountain Top Community Orchestra, under maestro Chris Nourse, is once again preparing for the annual winter waltz party – to be held March 9 at the Eagle Mountain Carriage House in Jackson, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Now in its fourth year, the Mountain Top winter waltz party has become one of the Valley's signature sell-out events. In addition to being a chance to dance away a winter evening dressed for a tango, a waltz, or as-you-like-it, the event also includes a silent auction and a variety of delectable foods.

Even in the midst of the fancy gowns some choose to wear, the silent auction, and a chocolate fountain, the most dazzling part of the evening is the elegant music played by the Mountain Top Community Orchestra.

"We try to create a program that has something for everyone, and that is why this event has been so successful year after year." Nourse said "When preparing to play music for dancing, the orchestra has the opportunity – and challenge – to really let loose and play like gypsies, which is a very different approach to music than the musicians might be accustomed to taking. It always proves to be great fun."

Favorite waltzes on the program include "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss Jr. (Strauss was known as "The Waltz King"), "Invitation to the Dance" by C. M. von Weber, and "The Tennessee Waltz" by Stewart and King (made famous by Patti Page). Also on the program are Leo Delibes' "The Coppelia Waltz" and Richard Rodgers' "The Carousel Waltz" (from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel"). In addition, several tangos, including Leroy Anderson's famous "Blue Tango." Two well-known area dancers, Shannon Hurley and Fred Paulitz, will illustrate tango dancing, as others who enjoy the tango join in.

Orchestra member Jon Goodwin stresses "the unique pleasure we musicians have from watching people enjoy and dance to the music we're playing."

Tickets for the dance and all the extras are $35 and can easily be reserved by phone a 447-4737. The Mountain Top winter waltz party has special support from both Dutch Bloemen Winkel and the Eagle Mountain House.
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