Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - Updated: 9:18 AM
Members of the Janice Mason Art Museum board of directors have been working to bring a little something sweet to the community before Valentine's Day.
The group will host its 12th annual "A Chocolate Affair" fundraiser Saturday at the Fairholme in downtown Cadiz.
The event will feature three flights -- held at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. -- during which attendees can get their fill of fine, handmade chocolates provided by members of the board and community.
JMAM Board President Paul Fourshee said the event provides a nice opportunity to dress up and enjoy a romantic prelude to Valentine's Day or just fun with friends while supporting their local arts.
"It doesn't have to be dressy, people can wear what they choose," Fourshee said. "Some people like to dress up a little bit, some people come casual and that's OK. And it's nothing but chocolate. We have have vast amounts of chocolate Ã¢ Â¦ and it's all little bite size pieces so that you can eat a large variety of things.
"It's just kind of a romantic thing," Fourshee added. "But people don't have to think that they have to come as a couple. We have a number of ladies who come together because maybe their husbands don't want to. Ã¢ Â¦ People come as singles, and that's for a variety of reasons. Ã¢ Â¦ It's a good opportunity to get out and go do something fun and exciting, and it's classy."
Always a popular event, Chairwoman Jean Martin said attendees may purchase tickets to any flight, though no time limit would be imposed, nor would participants be limited to the number of treats they choose to sample.
"I think there are about 50 tickets available for each time," Martin said via email. "It's not an absolute number. We can adjust it. The reason we have the three times is so we can spread out the time that people enter due to space concerns. However, one can buy a 4 (p.m.) ticket and stay until the end at about 7 (p.m.). We don't ask anyone to leave at a certain time, we just want to spread out the entering."
The museum will host silent auction for various treats as well, including a handcrafted cake centerpiece and sculpted chocolate shoes.
Participants will also have the option of purchasing goodies to bring home with them. Fourshee said treats would be priced per pound.
This year's event will also feature live music courtesy of Cadiz resident Julie Williams and her son.
"They play guitars and I know that Julie also sings," Martin said. "Julie lived in Kentucky many years but was gone for a while and came to live in Cadiz just last year, I believe."
Organizers have also introduced a photo booth for this year's event, as well. Fourshee said the area would have time period costumes that would slip over participants' clothing for a fun activity to add to the day's events.
"Because the arts center is connected to the theater group, we went into the costume department and pulled out a half a dozen costume pieces," Fourshee said. "So people can do vintage photos, maybe 1920s style or something Ã¢ Â¦ just things you can sort of put on over the clothes that you've already got and do a little vintage photo booth."
Tickets for A Chocolate Affair are $20 each and available at the Janice Mason Art Museum at 71 Main St. in Cadiz. For more information, call 270-522-9056.