You’re Invited to Una Noche En Sevilla


The Second Annual NWLA Gala:
Una Noche En Sevilla
October 5, 2013, 5:30 pm

Whidbey Institute, on Whidbey Island

Join us for an unforgettable evening of Spanish food, music, and culture.

We are pleased to announce our second annual gala, to take place on Oct. 5, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. The event, which will highlight the food, music, and culture of Seville, Spain, will be held at the Whidbey Institute’s Thomas Berry Hall, in Clinton, Washington, on beautiful Whidbey Island. The intimate woodland venue will be transformed for the occasion into an exotic Andalusian paradise, filled with the smell of flowering orange trees, Moroccan rugs, and excellent sherry. Join guests from around the world and from right here at home as we celebrate and support all that the NWLA has accomplished this past year and bask in the vibrant atmosphere of Spain. All proceeds will directly support the Cultural Center’s mission of bringing language and cross-cultural education and enrichment to the Pacific Northwest community.

The evening will feature a five-course meal prepared by Blackboard Bistro’s Chef Jacob Wiegner, whose dishes received rave reviews last year. Guests will enjoy the amazing flavors of Sevilla with dishes like salpicon de marisco and fabada d’ astoronia, accompanied by fine Andalusian wine.

The night’s entertainment will be provided by the astonishingly talented Rubina Carmona, with Marcos and David Carmona, and Ana Montes of Carmona Flamenco, the Northwest’s premiere flamenco caudro group, who will present an evening of modern and traditional flamenco music, song, and dance. Each of the artists will be featured in solo and group atracciones, with numbers from the light-hearted to the melancholy in a show typical of those in Sevilla’s top flamenco tablaos and juergas. Flamenco is one of the most technically demanding, and deeply emotional musical styles, and guests will be certain to feel the feeling, the duende, that all great Flamenco possesses.

A silent auction, meanwhile, will offer guests the chance to bid on a variety of items such as weekend getaways—including a stay at an exclusive Andalucian hotel, balloon rides, gardening items, self-care packages, and much, much more – and help raise additional funds to support NWLA’s mission of cross-cultural education.