Story last updated at 11/19/2008 - 4:23 pm
JUNEAU - An ancient Greek and Roman feast will be brought to life with music, food and wine at Opera-To-Go's Bacchanalia fundraiser.
The event will take place Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The catered event showcases a variety of local musicians and entertainers presenting drinking songs, theatrical pieces and other amusements. Performances will include the Hula Halau Dancers, Daughters of the New Moon bellydancers, the Dale Wygant Polka Band, pianist Doug Smith and magician Jeff Brown.
The original bacchanalia were wild mystic celebrations in honor of the Greek god Bacchus. In ancient times, women celebrated the Bacchanalia in secret in March. Eventually the event was opened up to men and celebrated far more often. In modern times, the term "bacchanalia" is often used broadly to describe any drunken revelry.
At the Opera-To-Go bacchanalia, a no-host bar will offer fine wines and traditional Grecian foods will be featured, including spanikopita, dolmos, baklava and more.
Attendees will receive discounts on overnight stays at the Baranof, Prospector, and Goldbelt hotels.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and may be purchased at Hearthside Books or operatogo.net.