by John Aldrich
Starting with the Friday night gala, the rug show is open to the public for the duration of the weekend. The opening event serves as a fund-raiser for ANE to help cover the expenses of staging the show, and the auction is the centerpiece of the evening. Equally important, though, is introducing to the public the exciting collection of rugs, jewelry, and crafts that are available for sale. These sales accomplish the essential roll of the show which is to return money to the reservation to assist the Elders and their families through the upcoming winter months.
We had an excellent turnout for Friday evening, and patrons had a chance to savor the delicious h'ors d'ouerves in addition to shopping and attending the auction.
Darlene Furcap was one of the first to perform and is accompanied here by Jay Tavare. The hat that each singer wore no doubt added to their inspiration.