This year’s reception is a bit different than those in the recent past. Once you enter the beautiful and historic Ellie Caulkins Opera House you will be able to select one of the custom Bento Boxes, created especially for our event: Salmon, chicken, vegetarian, vegan.  You’ll then be directed to one of the venues in the Opera House to get a drink, visit with friends, and enjoy some entertainment.

Please help us by following the directions of the staff to the particular venue they indicate and give us time to get all guests into the Opera House. Once that happens, we encourage you to explore the rest of the building and enjoy more drinks and entertainment.

If you just want to sit and chat, the main Opera House hall is the place. You can go to the bar on the stage for beverages, and enjoy the view from there, or enjoy the Nutcracker props that will decorate the stage. For jazz and French chansons, go downstairs to the Chambers Grant Salon to see Janine Gastineau and friends. In the main lobby, starting at 7:45, we will have a variety of small acrobatic-yoga performances by Fractal Tribe. For world-class  Balkan and Arabic music, go upstairs behind the main stage to the Loft for Sherefe, who will be playing all night for folk and free-form dancing.

Note there will be no coat/bag check at the Opera House. Please leave your bag at your hotel or at the Convention Center coat/bag check which will be open until 22:30.