Originally created 12/06/01

Intimate engagement pairs opera, fashion



Opera enthusiasts were treated to a generous spread of hors d'oeuvres, good company and great music at the Augusta Opera's annual Home for the Holidays party on Nov. 29.

Debra and Charles Caye Jr. opened their home for the event and welcomed about 100 patrons. Guests were invited to tour the newly renovated rooms of the 19th-century home, but, as at many great parties, the guests congregated in the kitchen.

At 8 p.m., guests crowded into the living room for an intimate preview of the opera's annual holiday show at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Sunday. Guest artists Matthew Arnold, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Anne Cooper, tenor Chris Owens and baritone William Andrew Stuckey sang samples of their upcoming performances.

The party also showcased fine fashion as opera lovers broke out their cashmere, pearls and shimmering holiday wear.

Gerrie Sobel was elegantly draped in a black skirt ensemble with diamond-shaped panels of satin. She attended the party with her husband, Joel Sobel.

Lily Grinspun wore a chocolate-brown pinstripe pantsuit dressed up with glittering gold jewelry and a blouse.

Katherine DeLoach showed her holiday cheer with a red silk pantsuit and open-toe red pumps.

NEXT UP:

Here's where Style Cam is headed this week: Rocking the Stocking Benefit on Friday and Saturday at Kokopelli's, 3415 Wrightsboro Road. Performers include Horsepower, Simple Possession, Spyt, Bind, the Hipnotics, Almost There, Eather, Patrick Blanchard, Vegabond Missionaries, Spark Plug and Living Room Legends. Call 860-6965 for more information.

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