Warm up at BAYarts this winter
Stay tuned for the expanded 2020 BAYarts calendar this winter, thanks to renovations on the former Playhouse.
"The new Hearth Room and patio have enabled us to offer year-round events," says BAYarts Creative Programming Director Pam Mills.
BAYarts Events Coordinator Karry York agrees. "The Hearth room has given us a new space with greater capacity. It allows for more and bigger events."
Mills is already looking ahead. "We've hosted a number of bands inside and out, our recent Improv night and our annual SOUPer Bowl. As we expand, we will be able to hold larger groups."
One of the new events this year was designed by Mills. "I'm excited about the Bunco, Buddies & Brats Night. It's a simple game of dice to learn ... played in groups. At the end of each round players change tables. I love offering fun, interactive games like this ... guests have the opportunity to meet new people while having fun."
Winter wouldn't be complete without one of the most popular BAYarts events, also organized by Mills. "One of our favorite events coming up Feb. 1 is the annual SOUPer Bowl, a soup cook-off where the winner will win the coveted BAYarts Ceramic Ladle. The ceramics students and faculty are already busy making bowls for all guests to take home."
Meanwhile, there is certainly more music happening on the campus. "As music is a form of art, it seemed to make sense to offer even more concerts," explains York. "Especially with having indoor space to accommodate more people."
For the Jan. 8 Sip and Savanasa event, people can choose to do the yoga component or just attend the concert. The $10 price is the same. The yoga is offered by Marisa Tingle. York says, "We wanted to offer a mindfulness type of event for people to relax and unwind after the holidays. Yoga helps people start the year off right in a healthy way. Then Jerry Popiel will be providing relaxing music for those who may not be interested in yoga but can still participate in the relaxing vibe."
The next band scheduled is Blues Deville on Feb. 21, 7-10 p.m. "They have a blues-jazz vibe," conveys York, who books the bands.
For tickets and more info, please see bayarts.net/events/upcoming.
Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.
BAYarts is a cultural arts campus that features education, exhibition and events.