The 2000 scrapbook and associated Clef Notes paint an impressive picture of our BSO and Guild, with lots of success and steps forward. This was despite the challenges posed by a number of very active South Guild members passing away, including then President Peggy Marquette. It appears everyone pitched in,  Luby Van Daalen was elected President of South Guild to succeed her, and the year and its events succeeded.

The 5th Graders’ Concert brunch for the musicians in February was run by Georgette Diaz and her husband Peter, and with over 7000 5th graders attending. The Culinary Affair/Culinary Capers VIII was held in early April at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club with Chef Michael Black demonstrating dishes. $2000 was raised, partly from the “Easter Boutique”. May saw a Victorian Home/Antiques Tour to Eustis and Mt. Dora. September’s Annual Membership Coffee was at Carolyn Pappas’ Indialantic home. A card making party hostessed by Linda Coffey and Betty Chaney was very successful and 25% of the sales of the cards were donated to the South Guild.

Our BSO Executive Director, Fran Delisle was particularly successful in getting grants and corporate donations in 2000. It was announced the Subscription Concert Series would go from five to six in 2001-2002. The second free Family Concert was held in 2000. The 1999 one was held the day after Hurricane Irene and still quite successful.

The 9th Annual Symphony For the Palate was attended by over 600, with 28 restaurants and over 300 wines represented. It raised close to $20,000. The 11th BSO Designers Showcase “Plantation House at Still Point–The West Indies Revisited” featured a 9000+  sq. ft home on the Indian River. The opening Gala was on April 29th and events ran from April 30-May 14th. Darcia Jones Francey chaired, with  large numbers of our volunteers staffing the various sections. One of the many highlights of the Gala was Vanessa Swarovski, great great granddaughter of the founder of Swarovski, previewing her collection of solid 18k gold jewelry accented with diamond dewdrops.

Diane Bishop