Wednesday, September 10, 2008

And now for something different: Vince Gill to perform at Belmont Mansion fundraiser

It’s not entirely debate-related, but it does involve a member of the Honorary Host Committee, so I’ll count it: Crooner Vince Gill will give an “intimate musical acoustic performance” on Monday as part of a fundraiser to restore Adelicia Acklen’s bedroom at the Belmont Mansion.

The “Moonlight & Ice” fundraiser, which organizers hope will raise $70,000 for the restoration, will be held at Adelicia Park at 900 20th Avenue South. Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert are $150 for general admission and $350 for VIP seating, which includes a private cocktail party with Gill.

Acklen (1817-1887), who built the Belmont Mansion with husband Joseph in 1853, gave “Moonlight & Ice” parties on nights of the full moon, according to event organizers. The “ice” portion was derived from the ice cubes — a sign of wealth — in pitchers of water for the guests.

General admission tickets are available Davis Kidd Booksellers and the Belmont Mansion, but there are only 250 available. VIP tickets are only available by invitation, so if you didn’t already know about them, you’re probably not one of the 75 people getting them.

Those interested in more information can call 460-5459.

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