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Vegrandis, Lucky Rake Gala

November 5, 2013 , , ,

We went to the second Vegrandis this weekend at The Mini Time Machine Museum.  Our first Vegrandis experience was a blast, commemorating the Arizona Centennial.  Both my partner and I enjoy looking at all the miniatures in the museum, but there is an added layer of fun at the special fund raising event.  Musicians are stationed throughout the museum; Bars, and food tables offer guests the chance to try delicious preparations while taking in the exhibits.  The theme this time was Lucky Rake Festival, or Day of the Rooster.   In Japanese culture this celebration symbolizes prosperity in the year to come with special food booths and paper lanterns for the occasion. In Japan it lasts for 13 days, but we fit it all into one evening.  The museum staff and caterers did a superb job of producing a seamless and sumptuous party.

The entrance was beautifully decorated with rakes, lanterns, and a bar introducing the signature cocktail created for the event, the Lucky Rake.  It was a tasty mix of Oriental Apple vodka, ginger ale, & cranberry. I  spent my 2 drink tickets ordering two more of those because it was just perfect.  Odaiko Sonora Taiko Drummers welcomed the guests as we entered the building, and the tone was set for a lovely evening.

entrance

entrance

Taiko drummers

Taiko drummers

All of the food was tasty and innovative from spring rolls to desserts.  Bob enjoyed all the porky bites, but I got full on my two cocktails and the vegetarian fare.  Six caterers participated, each with a twist on the Lucky Rake theme. I really enjoy the idea of exploring the museum without knowing what treats will be next in store.  I don’t read the program until I get home. Somehow the acoustics work well so the musicians fill one space and do not interfere with each other.

rake decore

rake decore

spring rolls

spring rolls

slaw and cucumber roll

slaw and cucumber roll

musicians

musicians

auction room

auction room

The games were set up for gambling, inviting guests to spend tickets.  The funds raised during the evening go toward supporting a field trip or school outreach classroom experience for very second grader in Pima County.  I dare say there are many of those kids who have never been to a museum, and this one would capture their attention and imagination.  Although I support the mission I am not into the games, and was up way past my bed time, so we said good night to the party goers before we became pumpkins.  This is our favorite local museum (accent on the local, since it is about 3 miles from home), and our favorite way to party.  We love the opportunity to enjoy ourselves and support a cause t the same time.  This gala was exactly our style.  I am not able to show you pictures of the special Japanese collection on display until December because these special pieces are on loan and photos were not permitted.  I can tell you they are amazing and exquisite.

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That looks like a wonderful event! Everything is so beautiful and what a great cause, supporting young children’s introduction to cultural places – like a museum.
I just read a book with a lot of Japanese culture as part of the story, which is so very different from ours.

I’m with you; I usually go home before Pumpkin Turning Time 🙂

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Rob

November 5, 2013

Thanks Rob..and yes Japanese culture is very different..that is one of the reasons the event was so special. The minis from Japan are stunning and show incredible artistry too.

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