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A taste of Italy, Carbondale style

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” East Main Street will be blocked off and turned into an Italian-style family dining hall for Saturday’s La Dolce Vita, a fundraiser to benefit the Carbondale Clay Center.

Doors open for the event at 5 p.m., when adult ticket holders are invited to choose from a selection of handmade ceramic mugs crafted just for the event.

At 5:30 p.m. the bar opens, Acoustic Mayhem takes the stage to provide the evening’s music, and the kids fair begins.

The first seating for a family-style Italian feast will be at 7 p.m. The meal will be served up by Jimmy Nadell of Bravo Catering.

There will also be a silent auction throughout the evening, featuring serving platters decorated by local celebrities and Clay Center students. The evening concludes with a street dance to the tunes of Acoustic Mayhem.

La Dolce Vita replaces the Clay Center’s former spring fundraiser, Cajun Clay Night. Clay Center director Lauren Kearns said she was inspired to go with an Italian theme by an evening out at local restaurant Six89.

“I was struck by the way people were talking across tables and just having a lot of fun,” Kearns said. “I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to do something like they do in Italy, where you have long tables of people eating together and visiting.”

Proceeds from the evening, which is the Clay Center’s largest fundraiser of the year, support the Center’s year-round ceramic arts programming.

Discounted pre-event tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for juniors ages 7 to 15, until 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be $60 and $25 on Saturday. Children 6 and under are free.

A limited number of dinner tickets will be available at the door, but pre-reservations are suggested.

For tickets and more information about La Dolce Vita and the Carbondale Clay Center, call 963-2529.

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