Our Pre-Show Receptions
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Each year, on the night of the annual concert, the GMEF hosts a Pre-Show Reception in appreciation of the underwriters and sponsors whose contributions enable the GMEF to bring quality entertainment each year for the concert.

The reception is also an opportunity for the Board of Directors to personally acknowledge the many advertisers, tier-givers, and patrons whose generosity continues to provide educational enrichment opportunities for students in theGill-Montague Regional School District.

Your concert ticket includes an invitation
to join the Board of Directors at the Pre-show Reception

 

2017

      
Join the Board of Directors for the pre-show reception (6:15 - 7:15pm) at "The Jukebox Junction" (held in the TFHS cafeteria).  Try a savory ‘Pig in a Blanket’, Assorted Cheese & Crackers with Fruit Spears from “The Checkerboard Counter”.  Satisfy your 'sweet tooth' at “The Dessert Station” while you enjoy a cold beverage or root beer float from the “Fountain Favorites”. 
 
 
2016
Underwriters, Sponsors and Tier-givers are invited to join the Board of Directors for the pre-show reception (6:15 - 7:15pm) at "The Jukebox Junction"  (held in the TFHS cafeteria) .  Try the savory 'Assorted Pinwheels', seasonal Fruit Kabobs with French Cream or crisp Veggies & Dips  from “The Checkerboard Counter”.  Satisfy your 'sweet tooth' at “The Dessert Station” while you enjoy a cold beverage or root beeer float from the “Fountain Favorites”.  
 
 
2015 - The "Soft-Rock" Snack Bar
Underwriters, Sponsors and Tier-givers are invited to join the Board of Directors at the pre-show reception in "The Soft-Rock Snack Bar".  Try a savory 'Pig in a Blanket", seasonal Fruit Kabobs with French Cream or crisp Veggies & Dips  from “The Country Counter”.  Satisfy your 'sweet tooth" at “The Dessert Bar” while you enjoy a cold beverage from the “Soda Fountain”.  
 
 

2014 - The Golden Slipper Cafe'

Underwriters, Sponsors and Tier-givers are invited to join the Board of Directors at the pre-show reception at "The Golden Slipper Cafe"Try a warm, soft pretzel from “The Philly Counter”, enjoy delicious  treats at  “The Dessert Bar” and a cold beverage from the “Soda Fountain” as you watch a history video of the Aqua String Band - their costumes, music and the parades.    It's a great time with family and friends.
 
 
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2013   "The Primo Diner"
Underwriters, Sponsors and Tier-givers are invited to join the Board of Directors at the pre-show reception in The Primo Diner.  “At The Counter” or at the “Sweet Treats Bar” sample delicious memories of the sixties, enjoy a cold beverage at the “Soda Fountain” or simply munch on popcorn while you and your friends watch a history of the early days of “Beatlemania” 

 

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2012 - "The Rainbow Connection"
"What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing 
and what do we think we might do? 
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. 
The teachers, the students and you." 

As an Underwriter, Sponsor or Tier-giver, you are invited to join the GMEF Board of Directors at the Pre-Show Reception to experience the "Rainbow Connection" between dreams, visions and what's on the other side. It's amazing what the money raised with the Annual Gala has provided for student enrichment.

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2011 - "The Malt Shop"
As an Underwriter, Sponsor or Tier-giver, you are invited to join the GMEF Board of Directors at the Pre-Show Reception for a step back in time to the “Malt Shop”. You will hear the feel-good innocence reflected in the music of the fifties and sixties and re-discover that vitality of Rock and Roll as you enjoy some delicious sweets and sip the memorable ice cream soda.

Special thank you to all who participated in making our reception special, delicious and memorable. 

2nd Street Baking Co., Turners Falls,
7 South Bakery Café, Bernard ton
Coca-Cola, Greenfield
Cookie Factory, Greenfield
Elm Farm Bakery, South Deerfield
Fosters, Greenfield
People's Pint, Greenfield
Richardson's Candy Kitchen, Deerfield
Wagon Wheel, Gill

"A Taste of Sweet Beginnings" returns for 2009 & 2010

By popular demand, “A Taste of Sweet Beginnings” returned for the 2009 Pre-show reception. Several local businesses supported the 5th Annual Gala by providing a variety of delicious sweets and treats for the honored guests of the GMEF. The ongoing partnership provides not only a ”sweet recognition’ for our annual tier-gives and supporters, but also extends a support to our local businesses.

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2008 - "Backyard Holiday"
This year we invite you to join the GMEF Board of Directors and Bear Country 95.3 at our “Backyard Holiday”. Step up to our BBQ Fountain serving chicken tenders, meatballs, and kielbasa with party breads. Enjoy the many ”Special Desserts’ as we share the evening with these wonderful local businesses:

 

2nd Street Baking Company, Turners Falls

Green Fields Market, Greenfield

7 South Bakery, Bernardston

Elm Farm Bakery,South Deerfield

Richardson’s Candy,Deerfield

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2007 - "A Taste of Sweet Beginnings"

In a departure from in-house products, several local businesses supported the third annual Gill-Montague Gala by providing “sweet beginnings” for a pre-gala reception. “It was not only a ”delicious sweet beginning’ for the contributors to the Gill-Montague Education Fund, but also an opportunity for the GMEF to support local businesses,” said Joyce Phillips, producer of the Gala.

Desserts were provided by these local businesses: The Cookie Factory, Elm Farm Bakery, Green Fields Market, Mirling’s Bakery, Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Rose Ann’s and Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters

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GMEF Host Pre-Show Reception

In 2005 and 2006, Jim Loynd and Mary Lynn Brown, of the Gill-Montague Regional School Food Service Staff, prepared and served a variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres and mini-desserts to the supporters and man contributors of the annual Galas.