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The Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at the Symphony of Colors Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Pancakes for dinner?

Absolutely, especially when it’s part of one of two upcoming fundraisers the Long Bay Symphony Guild is holding to help local students further their musical education.

Pancake dinner fundraiser

Learning about music was the second best thing that happened when Myrtle Beach’s Elizabeth Glendinning went to the Bob Jones Music Camp in Greenville this summer.

The best thing, she says, was meeting so many people with the same interests.

A scholarship the homeschooled sophomore was given by the Long Bay Symphony’s Carolina Master Chorale helped pay for the two-week camp.

The symphony’s guild will hold a pancake dinner fundraiser, and much of the money raised will go towards scholarships for other music students.

“Music lessons are very expensive, but we want her to pursue something she loves,” Glendinning’s mother, Bonnie, says.

“We’re very thankful for those finances that were made available to us, very thankful.”

Marilyn Keyser, the guild’s president, says this is the first time the Long Bay Symphony’s Guild is doing this, after seeing how successful the Master Chorale’s event was.

The pancake dinner fundraiser will be Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at The Famous Toastery, 2205 Oak Heart Road, in Carolina Forest.

It will serve as a kick-off to the symphony’s Master Works Concert Series.

The $10 per-person charge for people 4 years old and older will buy two pancakes, a choice of bacon or sausage, and a beverage.

The guild, Keyser says, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide support where needed by holding fundraisers, providing hospitality for musicians, helping with concert performances, and promoting community awareness.

The guild also provides ushering for the concerts, manages concessions, and hosts rehearsal luncheons for the musicians.

This particular scholarship is through the Marilyn Grigas Scholarship Fund, in memory of a guild past president who passed away with cancer several years ago.

Also contributing to the financial help for the students is the Toby Evans Scholarship Fund, in memory of a guild member’s husband who also is deceased.

For tickets or more information about the pancake supper, call Keyser at 843-503-2794, or call the Long Bay Symphony office at 843-448-8379.

Symphony of Colors fundraiser

It’s the first year for the pancake dinner fundraiser, but a second fundraiser, Symphony of Colors Fashion Show and Luncheon, is in its second decade.

The event will be Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Surf Golf and Beach Club, 1701 Springland Lane, North Myrtle Beach.

Music will be provided by the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, and fashions will be provided by Belk.

Proceeds will also benefit the Long Bay Symphony and the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra.

For reservations and the $45 tickets, call Keyser or the symphony office.

The fashions, Keyser says, will range from date night choices to much more casual clothes, with each of the 12 participants modeling two outfits.

And those models aren’t all females. Men will also be on the runway, showing off golf clothes and maybe a suit or two.

The meal will be chicken Marcella with au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables and peach cobbler.

And, those who don’t eat meat won’t go hungry. For them, there’s a vegetable lasagna and peach cobbler.

The meal also includes coffee, tea or iced tea.

There are generally about 165 people at the fashion show and luncheon, which Keyser describes as a fun day when everyone has a good time.

Along with the fashions and the food, about 20 baskets worth at least $100 each will be raffled off.

Those baskets will include hand-embroidered towels, handbags, jewelry, scarves, wine and books.

Keyser says a lot of the gift-basket items will be from Charmin’ Charlies.

“These aren’t cheapie baskets,” she says.

Husbands are definitely welcome at the fashion show and luncheon, and along with their wives, will probably enjoy “seeing other men strutting around in the fashions,” Keyser says.

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