OutWords fundraiser returns for its second year
In the half-dozen years it existed, Cocktails in the Trees became one of the most antici- pated events of Pride Week, and for good reason. Staged in a gorgeous home in the heart of Wolesley, the evening of music, scrumptious food and fabulous cocktails never failed to keep guests chatting about the amazing experience for weeks after. Conceived as a humble fundraiser for some of Winnipeg’s GLBTQ* organizations, Cocktails in the Trees had become a must-attend soirée.
For a variety of reasons beyond the control of its gracious hosts, the music faded and the lights dimmed on Cocktails in the Trees. But the spirit that fuelled it lives on. This year, in homage to its sorely missed predecessor, OutWords will host its 2nd annual Pride fundraising gala in the annex and the patio of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, the majestic 11-storey Union Building built in 1903 near Winnipeg City Hall.
The gala will continue the tradition of that Wolseley classic, but there will be some fun differences. Instead of partying among the Wolseley elms, guests will enjoy the romance of the city’s historic Exchange District.
Some things will remain the same. Just like that soirée of past years, waiters will circulate throughout the evening, offering trays of unique appetizers and flavourful finger food. They will have been prepared by the skilled students at Red River College’s highly rated culinary school. And, of course, there will be superb music, dancing and fine cocktails as the stars twinkle overhead.
It will be an evening to remember – just like its fabulous predecessor.