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Cabin Fever Beach Party heats up the winter

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Executive Director Janine Scherline, left, and Rachael Martine enjoy the photo booth at last year’s Cabin Fever fundraiser.

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Executive Director Janine Scherline, left, and Rachael Martine enjoy the photo booth at last year’s Cabin Fever fundraiser.

— Winter is the perfect season for throwing a beach party, and the Strand Theatre is the perfect venue to enjoy music, food and fun.

If you go:

The Cabin Fever Beach Party fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7-10 p.m. at the Strand Theatre at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. For more information, or to order tickets, visit plattsburgharts.org

On Saturday, Feb. 23, it will all come together when the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts holds the fourth annual Cabin Fever Beach Party fundraiser.

Tickets for the event cost $100 each, and can be used to admit two people.

“It’s a good time to get people out of their pre-mud season doldrums,” said Leigh Mundy, NCCCA Board President. “It’s so much fun. People get dressed up. Someone showed up in a wetsuit and goggles once.”

Besides beach-themed costumes, there will also be an open bar, food, dj and prizes given away throughout the evening, including one for best costume.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the arts center to support the NCCCA and its many programs.

“We are here to help the artists that live here get their work out to the public and to teach a new generation some form of creative expression,” Mundy said. “Not just through painting, but through pottery, music and even literary arts. Education is what we do.”

Last year’s event raised about $10,000 to support the arts center and this year, Mundy said, she hopes to beat that figure by selling 250 tickets.

“It’s quality of life,” Mundy said. “We have a great area for snow and water sports and so forth, but everybody needs a well-rounded life. You can’t just be athletic and you can’t just be artistic—you need to balance your life all the way around, and art is one of those things that does that.”

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