Funding raised for Mary Carter Park22-Feb-2011
by Mayor Eddie Fulton
Published May 5, 2010
The Clarke County Tribune
Friday evening will be remembered as one of the most elegant events to ever take place in Quitman. Brother Ron and Marsha Stanley should be inducted into the Hall of fame for their efforts to support the funding of the Mary Carter Park. Dressed in a tuxedo, Ron masterfully served as the Maitre de and carefully orchestrated the flow of service for each course of the gourmet dinner. The servers were from allover Clarke County, and these volunteers, executed with professional precision. This service is what only the most exclusive restaurants dream of, and each table was a work of art with fine china, linen, and a beautiful flower vase.
The dinner began with Norwegian Salmon Tartare on Chive Potato Charlotte with Caper-Egg Pesto followed by a savory Slow Roasted Pork tenderloin served with Golden Morelle Cappuccino. We were enjoying the finest cuisine prepared by world renowned Executive Chef Mike Romhild. Chef Mike was given a standing ovation at the end of the dinner, and at his insistence all volunteers were also recognized with continued applause. Chef Mike's web site is www.chefmikeroemhild.com.
There was no doubt as to our Diva's identity. , Marsha Stanley proudly wore a shirt embroidered with the words "Heathers Mother" to both dinner and the concert. Heather is a world class Mezzo Soprano that has entertained audiences in over twenty-seven countries and on all seven seas. Her voice is pure and powerful, and she masterfully entertains the audience with a captivating style. Heather performed several George Gershwin works, and took us into Opera. She explained each of these skillfully, and her face radiated the passion of the music she sang. The highlight, at least for Harold Cockrell, was when Heather sat in his lap and sang to him. I thought Harold's wife "Leah" would collapse from laughing.
One other highlight, especially for me, was when Rose Longwitz, our own virtuoso pianist, played George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. My mother, who recently turned ninety~nine, played this for me when I was a young teenager. She is responsible for my love of classical music and having her here for the Dinner & a Diva with my two wonderful sisters made this event special. Rose's piano accompaniment of Heather was inspirational.
The fund raiser was very successful thanks to the efforts of the Quitman Auxiliary led by Sarah Wheat.