Grand Opening Preview Party for Frugal House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 05-17-2011

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Keith Herrick, Executive Director
North State Symphony
530-898-5984

A grand opening party for Frugal House, North State Symphony’s major fundraiser for the year, will be held on Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The house will be open for tours on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees at the preview party will have the first opportunity to purchase items in the home and enjoy food, drinks and dancing outdoors to the Fabulous Swing Kings.

Photo of the frugal houseTickets for the preview party and the tour can be purchased at local business outlets, including Dolce Home, Monk’s Wine Lounge, Wolfe Electric, Zucchini and Vine and Red Tavern. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.nssspecialevents.myevent.com/3/online payment.htm.

Tickets for the preview party are $30, and general admission for the tour is $15.

CSU, Chico and Butte College interior design students work with prominent professional designers to furnish and decorate a home, primarily using items donated or purchased from local thrift stores. The teams are now working on very tight budgets to decorate and furnish a 3,000-square-foot home on Vallombrosa Avenue, using a combination of donated, re-purposed and renovated furnishings and decor items. Everything in the home is for sale for frugal prices. The home was donated for use by Bernie and Carole Farmer and is, by far, the largest of the homes that have been used for this annual fundraiser that began in 2009. 

You can see actual photos of the house as it is transformed by going to http://www.csuchico.edu/jour/frugalhouse/house.html and clicking on “house.” You will then be able to go take a visual tour through the house, room by room.

“One of the key differences in this year’s event is the inclusion of fine art by local artists, said Ann Prater, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts director of advancement and board member of the North State Symphony (NSS). “Whether you use Frugal House to inspire your own decorating or appreciate work you’d never do yourself, this event is fantastic fun and an opportunity to support the rich musical culture of this region.”

"Frugal Friends" are especially wanted. For $99, a Frugal Friend receives two tickets to the opening night party on June 9, a partial tax deduction and the satisfaction of helping NSS continue into 2012 and beyond. Please call 530-898-6692.

The North State Symphony, a program with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico, performs concerts in Chico, Redding and other communities. The music director is Kyle Wiley Pickett, and members include professional musicians as well as faculty and students from CSU, Chico. More information on the symphony is available at http://www.northstatesymphony.org/.

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