2nd Annual Meri Goyette Arts Award Luncheon and Auction

Sky Meadow Country Club, Sunday, April 12, 2015, 11:30 AM

Meri Arms Out

The Meri Goyette Arts Award Luncheon provides the Greater Nashua arts community and art lovers with an annual gala. We will come together to Celebrate the Arts, recognize key arts supporters, be entertained by local and state talent, and raise funds to help support local arts projects, programs and promotion. The fun-filled afternoon includes:

Award presentations by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.

Three Course Luncheon with Entertainment: Each year the Meri Goyette Arts Award Champagne Luncheon and Auction features three of the best acts in the Nashua area, to keep you entertained while you enjoy your three-course lunch and to showcase our local talent.

Salad Course: Nashua Actorsingers will take the floor with Rachael Cerullo, winner of the New Hampshire Theatre Awards best supporting actress in a community musical for her role as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, singing “He Was My Boyfriend.” Frau Blucher will be followed by two numbers from the upcoming performance of Crazy for You. Laura Prior Iwaskiewicz as Polly Baker will sing “Someone to Watch over Me”, and Joel Iwaskiewicz as Bobby Childs will sing “Can’t Be Bothered Now” with six follies girls tap dancing.


Main Course: Acoustic double-neck guitarist and composer Ian Ethan Case, will fluidly combine a wide variety of self-invented play­ing techniques into his multi-layered compositions. He is visually fascinating as he plays – his hands weave between fret boards and slap, tap, knock, strum, and pluck to bring various other parts of the instrument to life, producing the rich, deeply heartfelt, and powerfully uplifting music that he writes and plays.

Case grew up in rural Amherst and Mount Vernon until the age of 14. Now based in Vermont, he plays around the country, was a regular performer at Nashua’s former Studio 99, and is currently collaborating on a Windham Hill Records CD with Eugene Friesen, a 4-time Grammy Award-winning cellist.

Dessert Course: You are in for a double sweet treat with a taste of Bollywood with Nashua native Amritha Mangalat. Magalat, 24, has been teaching, choreographing and performing Bollywood dances for 10 years. She was recently crowned Miss India New Hampshire and Miss India New England and won the Miss Talented title at the Miss India USA pageant with her combination of traditional Indian and Bollywood dances.

Amritha will be introduced by Hippo co-founder and author Dan Szczesny, organizer of the New Hampshire Bollywood Film Festival. He will explain the importance of dance and music in the worldwide phenomenon that is the Bollywood film industry.

Silent and Live Auctions:  Check out our exciting array of auction items for your bidding pleasure including chairs painted by local artists, a round of golf for four, a south African photo safari for two, Red Sox tickets, gift certificates from our generous local merchants, and many other items. 

Arts and culture are the heart and soul of a community
A big Thank You to our generous sponsors for supporting this event