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Dixon Place Donor Dinner – Sept 20th, 2015


honoring James Lecesne, Virginia Louloudes and Emily Morgan

What is Dixon Place?

Dixon Place, an artistic incubator since 1986, is a non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature & visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires & encourages diverse artists of all stripes & callings to take risks, generate new ideas & consummate new practices.

The artist’s experience is given top priority through our professional atmosphere and remuneration, and their process is enhanced through the reaction of our adventurous audiences. Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity as well as an international model for the open exploration of the process of creation. If you have work that would be appropriate for Dixon Place, please read our open submissions policy.

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On Sept 20th Dixon Place organized an evening to end all evenings. Entertainment, great food and amazing dessert!

The Dixon Place Donor Dinner is an Annual Event that helps support Dixon Place. With an Auction, dinner, dessert and entertainment.

Here are some photographs from the evening’s festivities.

Master of Ceremonies: Keith Nelson

Performances by:


Monstah Black

David Cale

Nancy Giles

Victor Morales

Shye Sales


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Food Creation by:

Michael Howett and Richard Bach

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While walking down the stairs from the Lounge to the Theater I passed the studio which was occupied with the most amazing site.

The Dessert Table!

The Dessetrt Talble at Dixon Place Donor DinnerThe Dixon Place Donor Dinner had ample ‘desserts’ for the audience that attended.

The Auction tables had many items to bid on. Vacations in France, Upstate weekend getaways, Original art work, jewely etc.

Dixon Place Donor Dinner Auction tables.Auction items are previewed in the Lounge before the show.

Ellie Covan at Dixon Place Donor DinnerDixon Place founder and Artistic Director Ellie Covan introduces the evening.

Stew and David Cale sing a duet at Dixon Place Donor DinnerStew and David Cale sing a duet at the beginning of an amazing evening of entertainment.

Nancy Giles performs a piece from her personal experiences.Nancy Giles performs a hysterically funny piece from her personal experiences.

Keith Nelson MC the show and performed some wonderful classic vaudeville routines.Keith Nelson MC’ed the show and performed some wonderful classic vaudeville routines.

David Cale at Dixon Place Donor DiinnerDavid Cale performs a wonderful story about his days working in a record store in the UK.

James Lecesne at Dixon Place Donor DinnerJames Lecesne receives the Dixon Place Honor Award.

Virginia Louloudes at Dixon Place Donor DinnerVirginia Louloudes receives the Dixon Place Honor Award.

Emile Morgan speaks after receiving the Honor Award.Emily Morgan speaks after receiving the Dixon Place Honor Award.

Monstah Black performs a wild costumed piece.Monstah Black performs a wild costumed piece.

Shye Sales performs a beautiful love rap poem.Shye Sales performs a beautiful love rap poem.

2015.09.20_DP.245Dixon Place Board Member Eric Jensen celebrates his birthday with a lineup of candles to blow out.

A solo performance from ANIMALS with an excerpt from their upcoming show “CHASE: What Matters Most”.

2015.09.20_DP.253The cake at my table was so delicious! It was created by Dixon Place’s own Michael Griffith.

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For more information on or to contribute to Dixon Place please visit their website HERE! 

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Dixon Place – 28th Anniversary – Donor Dinner – Sept 15th, 2014

Monday, September 15th, 2014

A magical evening for all that attended this glorious event. Hosted by Bindlestiff Family Circus’s Keith Nelson and Honoring Board Members Eric Jensen & Yoshiko Kasuga and Award Winning Actor-Playwright Peggy Shaw and The Jerome Foundation celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

Performances by:

Terry Dame

Ted Keegan

Nancy Giles



Along with the performances there was a ‘Silent Auction’ that had many wonderful books/art pieces/comic strips and more from quite a few generous sponsors:

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Here are a few photographs I was able to capture while eating the delicious meal provided by Richard S Bach and The Marilyn Schlossbach Group.

Ellie Covan opens the evening with a lovely song on her accordion.Ellie Covan opens the evening with a lovely song on her accordion.

Keith Nelson and Ellie Covan start the Bingo game.Keith Nelson and Ellie Covan start the Bingo game.

DP Board Member and supported Yoshiko KasugaDP Board Member and supported Yoshiko Kasuga with Ellie Covan.

Board Member and DP Supported Eric Jensen DP Board Member and Supported Eric Jensen.

Honoree Peggy ShawHonoree Peggy Shaw. Actor/Writer/Producer and cofounder of Split Britches.

2014.09.15_DP.Bnft_113 2014.09.15_DP.Bnft_114Host Keith Nelson performs a wonderful vaudeville trick where he pops a ballon that is balancing on a mouth stick and has a bottle on top of it and catches the bottle on the stick.

Lava performs at DPLAVA cast members perform an excerpt from their show in the audience.

2014.09.15_DP.Bnft_202Award winning composer and writer STEW performed a few songs from his career.

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“The Non-Denominational, Non-Sectarian, Non-Partisan, Holiday Spectacle” @ Dixon Place

Thursday Dec, 5th, 2013

Featuring the talents of Joseph Keckler, Erin Markey, Kenny Mellman and Dan Bartfield.

A lovely evening of great talent and delicious food.

Kenny Mellman opened the show at Dixon PlaceKenny Mellman opened the evening’s festivities with a wonderful song.

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Joseph Keckler at Dixon PlaceJoseph Keckler with some stories and song was next on the show

Joseph Keckler performing his songs on the piano.Joseph Keckler played the piano to accompany and sang some personal songs.

Joseph Keckler and Dan Bartfield at Dixon PlaceDan Bartfield on violin accompanied Joseph Keckler on a few beautiful songs.

Dan Bartfield was marvelous on the violin at Dixon Place.

Kenny Mellman accompanies Joseph Keckler at Dixon PlaceKenny Mellman accompanies Joseph Keckler later in the show.

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Erin Markey was brilliant in her personal songs.Erin Markey was brilliant in her personal songs.

Erin Markey performing at Dixon PlaceWith heartfelt emotion Erin Markey sang personal songs of loss.

A moment of charm by Erin Markey at Dixon PlaceErin Markey related to the audience in a moment of charm and personality.

Erin Markey sang a song at Dixon PlaceWhile singing a song about her previous career as a go-go dancer she knelt down and got up close and personal with me.

Erin Markey performing at Dixon PlaceAfter Joseph Keckler finished his last song Erin Market reappeared with another character and sang.

Champagne and desserts were served after the show and all attendees had a great time meeting up and chatting with friends.

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Dixon Place would like to THANK the following individuals for making the season possible:

Eric and Anne Jensen

Yoshiko Kasuga and Carle Groome

Leslie S. Kogod

Victoria Labalme

Gary and Sue Mescher

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For more information on Dixon Place check out their website here!