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Mardi Gras Silent Auction 2014

Thank you to everyone who has contributed items to our silent auction so far! If you have something you would like to donate, please let us know. If you see an item on this list that you absolutely must have, but you are unable to attend Mardi Gras, contact us to see about setting up a bidding proxy.

  • Crocheted set of 6 Star Wars themed amigurumi from Angie Barrett of Tangled Up in Yarn valued at $105.

  • Handmade baby quilt and ornaments from Appalachian Heritage Quilts.

  • A 90 minute spa pedicure from Ashleigh Ward.
  • Pottery by Jayn Avery of Blue Heron Pottery Studio.
  • One week of Blue Mountain School summer camp.
  • An "Around the World" gift basket from the BMES Silverberries class.
  • A gardening gift basket from the BMES Dragon Tamers class.
  • A "home made" gift basket from the BMES Demigods class.
  • Gift basket from the BMHS students.
  • Large aromatherapy gift basked from Christine Byrd valued at $100.
  • Original artwork by Emily Williamson for 5th Mardi Gras Ball poster valued at $350.

  • Portrait of Tom Ryan on canvas by Greg Ward. Valued at $250.

  • Two one night stays at Indian Creek Cabins.
  • Hand painted jacket created by local artist and donated by Inge Terrill.

  • Small work of art by BMS art teacher Lore Deighan.

  • Full body work session by certified massage therapist Lynn Mace valued at $90.
  • Foot massage from Miriam Brancato.
  • Wild medicinal and edible plant walk and inventory on your property from Perrin Hammond.
  • Holistic veterinary consultation from Perrin Hammond.
  • Gift basket from BMS teacher Miranda Altice's Punkee Herbals.

  • Autographed copy of The Tinker King by local author Tiffany Trent.

  • Beer making kit donated by Tully Anderson.

  • An original knitted piece by Wenona Scott.
  • Art, jewelry, and stones from Winter Koeppe.

5th Annual Mardi Gras

Thanks to the vision of the late Tom Ryan, Mardi Gras has become an institution in Floyd, and Blue Mountain School’s signature fundraiser.

Crazy costumes, great live music, a comprehensive auction, and awesome prizes all combine to make this the funnest fundraiser this side of the Bayou. Meanwhile, the Kiddy Gras pajama party—held on the same site—allows the whole family to have fun at this 18+ event.

Please join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 6:30pm - 12:00am in the Celebration Hall at Floyd Eco Village. Tickets are $12 in advance from Republic of Floyd, Blue Mountain Elementary School, Blue Mountain High School, Black Water Loft, Floyd Fitness and online and $15 at the door (if there are any left). For that small price, you'll get a huge party!


For the first time ever, every member of the main band (Lagniappe) this year has previously performed at Mardi Gras. Fronting the band is Kerry Hurley (The Fat Daddy Band), with Hoppie Vaughan (Ministers of Soul) on bass, Tom Snediker (The Kind) on guitar, Jamiel Allen (Alliens) on keys, and George Penn (The Floorboards) on drums. These are some of the finest performers in the region, and every single one of them knows how to get your feet dancing and your body moving. Opening for Lagniappe are local band Time is Art, and Mardi Gras staples and Blue Mountain School alumni Spoon Fight.

Silent Auction

Silent auction items this year include Emily Williamson’s original Mardi Gras poster artwork and a print of Greg Ward’s portrait of Tom Ryan, with plenty more to be announced. The host of prizes includes Chef’s Choice for two at Mickey G’s for the best costume and prizes for Best Woman to Man costume, Best Man to Woman costume and Best Rainbow outfit from Floyd PFLAG.

Food and Drink

You could help get a kid to New Orleans simply by eating the great cuisine! Former House of Blues Lead Saucier Jason Loftus is leading the Blue Mountain High School Culinary Arts class in preparing all the food for this year’s event, and all catering proceeds are going towards a trip to New Orleans for the students! And to complement your fine dining experience, enjoy wine from Villa Appalaccia Winery, beer from Parkway Brewing Company, and kombucha from Buffalo Mountain Kombucha.

Kiddy Gras Pajama Party!

The Kiddy Gras children’s party is being run by Blue Mountain School teacher Corey Avellar, and will feature plenty of treats and fun activities. Tickets are $12, available online only.

For more information or for press contacts, please see our event page.

Thank you for a successful Mardi Gras!

Thank you for your part in making Mardi Gras such a success!

What do we mean by success? The answer is not as simple as it may first appear. Sure, it was a fundraiser, and the point of fundraisers is to raise funds, right? Well, partly - and our initial analysis indicates that we did as good a job as we've ever done at that. But there's so much more to the equation. Here are some of the ways in which we measure success at an event like Mardi Gras:

  • Bringing the wider community together. As you may have noticed - if you've been to Mardi Gras before - there were a lot of new faces there on Saturday night. They had a blast right alongside all the old faces, and plenty of them said that next year they're bringing their friends. Success.
  • Bringing the Blue Mountain School community together. We have never had so much support from the school community for one of these events, which is great in two ways: 1) your support means so much to us, and 2) you all hopefully got to have a blast right alongside one another. Success.
  • Publicity. We've never before been given so much publicity for a single event. Blue Mountain School was mentioned in interviews on two radio stations and one TV station, had three weeks of stories in The Floyd Press, a bunch of coverage in The Roanoke Times, and was all over the internet. As a result, people came from as far away as West Virginia and North Carolina. Success.
  • EcoVillage. We helped introduce hundreds of people to the space, and they loved it (who couldn't!). People were inquiring about other events and/or renting the space, and you know almost all of them will be back for more. Success.
  • Blue Mountain School's community connection. Floyd's Mayor is the new Mardi Gras King, y'all (and he'll be back next year)! Success.
  • Kiddy Gras. Sold out. In its first year. Success.
  • Music. Three bands: one of them all BMS alumni, two of them playing together for the very first time. All of them rocked. Keep an eye out for Opening Act - you'll no doubt be hearing more from them - but you'll always be able to say you saw them first. And you'll always be able to see you saw the only performance of this version of Lagniappe. Success.
  • Tom. Would have been proud. Success.
  • The vibe. Let me ask you this: did you have fun? Success.

In every way we can think of, this year's Mardi Gras was a success, and it was in no small part because of you. Thank you!

You could win!

For the low, low price of $2 you could win one of these great items! Tickets will be available on Saturday night. Buy two, buy ten, but don't forget to get at least one!

  • Velvet costume wings from Doug and Alicia Fisher valued at $45.

Kiddy Gras Pajama Party Info

Hopefully by now you've heard about the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party, that takes place downstairs in the Celebration Hall at the same time as Mardi Gras on Saturday night from 6:30 to midnight. Here are some things we think you may want to know:

  • Kiddy Gras is open to kids from 3 to 12 years old.
  • The cost is $15 for one child, $10 for the second, and $5 for subsequent children. For anyone volunteering for a three-hour shift at Mardi Gras, the tickets for Kiddy Gras will be $10 for the first child and $5 for subsequent children. Please note that volunteers also get into Mardi Gras for free.
  • Teens who would like to volunteer for a three-hour shift during Kiddy Gras get free admission to the show outside of their shift. These individuals should contact Stefi Schafer, and she will confirm when you will be working.
  • There will be a space designated for older kids (ages 9 to 12) at Kiddy Gras, where they can be with friends and socialize for the evening. Later in the evening, there will be movies geared toward their interests and age group. 
  • For younger children, there will be games and playtime, and a movie and quiet rest time later in the evening. Kids are invited to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
  • There will be snacks available, but kids should eat dinner before coming to the event.

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