CSU, Chico News

‘Frugal House’ Benefits North State Symphony

Date: 06-11-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Frugal House returns to Chico on June 19–20 as a fundraiser for the North State Symphony. Now in its seventh year, Frugal House offers designers a challenge: to create a memorably unique room in the Frugal House, without spending much money.

The Frugal House designers use donated furniture and décor items, and receive a small budget for thrift shop and discount purchases. Many items are repurposed, repainted and rejuvenated in various ways by the creative talents of the room designers. Everything is for sale, with proceeds benefitting the North State Symphony.

Created in 2001 from the merger of the Chico and Redding Symphonies, the North State Symphony functions as a program within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico.

The event begins with a Friday night party at 6 p.m. on June 19. Party attendees can shop while enjoying live music and refreshments. The Frugal House remains open on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on an open house basis. All items purchased can be picked up on Sunday, June 21.

The Frugal House is located at 6 Vermillion Circle in Chico, off Forest Avenue, near Bidwell Park. Parking in the neighborhood is limited, so Friday attendees are encouraged to leave their cars at Marsh Junior High School and catch a free shuttle that will run throughout the evening.

Sponsors of this year’s Frugal House include Lulu’s, Sorenson Moving and Storage, Glass 1900, the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Chico News & Review, and generous individual donors.

Tickets to the Friday opening night party are $40. Refreshments from some of Chico’s most popular food vendors are included, and there will be a no-host bar and entertainment by the Greg and Barbara D’Augelli Quartet. Friday night tickets also allow readmission on Saturday. Saturday-only tickets cost $15.

Tickets for Frugal House are available at the North State Symphony office (please call ahead at 898-5984), Zucchini & Vine, Chico Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Security, and Hodge’s Nursery and Gifts. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1691480 for the June 19 opening night or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1691495 for the June 20 open house.

For additional information, visit Facebook.com/FrugalHouse or the symphony’s website www.northstatesymphony.org, or call 898-5984.