“Dickens of an Evening” at the historic Woodruff home


ATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ (10/4/16)—Enjoy the warmth, music, and friendship of the holiday season at Dickens of an Evening, sponsored by the Bay Atlantic Symphony, which takes place on Friday, December 9, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the home of Bob and Merry Woodruff, 353 Cohansey-Friesburg Rd., Elmer, NJ. Parking will be available at the church across the street from the residence.

This holiday tradition returns to its roots at the historic Fries mansion where, for almost 25 years, this event attracted people from throughout the tri-county region. The entire house will be filled with holly and pine which will decorate sills and mantles while fires crackle in the fireplaces. Fancy hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served in the dining room with hot mulled cider, wine, and coffee.

The festive evening will also feature a fabulous silent auction.

Live music, presented at intervals throughout the evening, will include flutists Beverly Pugh-Corry and Jan Sommers providing music of the period and Mariah Wilke playing the Woodruffs’ antique harpsichord. Once again, Kyle Sheppard and his quartet will sing holiday songs on the open staircase.

Tickets will be available in mid-October at Bogart’s Books & Café, 210 N. High St., Millville; M & M Music, 2006 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland; La Torre Hardware, 1607 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland; and Woodruff Energy, 73 Water St., Bridgeton. The entire donation of $40 will go to the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

“It’s hard not to have a smile on my face as I move about our old house during Dickens of an Evening, Merry Woodruff remembers fondly. “No matter where I go, I hear the sound of music.” What could be more in keeping for this Bay Atlantic Symphony benefit?

For more information, call Woodruff Energy at (856) 455-1111, and ask for Beth, or call the Bay Atlantic Symphony at (856) 451-1169 and speak with Claudia.

More information on the Bay Atlantic Symphony can be obtained by calling the Symphony office, visiting their website at www.bayatlanticsymphony.org, or by visiting them on Facebook.

About The Bay Atlantic Symphony
The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services. Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin since 1997, the Bay

Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southern-most counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), the historic Landis Theater in Vineland, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, the Cape May Music Festival, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

The Symphony’s value to the community goes far beyond performing great music. As a cultural centerpiece, the BAS is a treasured music education resource.  By creating meaningful, interactive music experiences for children, adults, the visually-impaired, veterans, and seniors with limited mobility, the BAS strives to create vibrant communities rooted in the love of music.  The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has honored Bay Atlantic Symphony with a 2017 Citation of Excellence, which denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment. To learn more, visit BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (856) 451-1169, or visit them on Facebook.

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.