Saratoga Orchestra to fiddle, soar at gala Dancing Fish Farm

  • Tue May 5th, 2015 9:44pm
  • Life

Whidbey Island’s Saratoga Orchestra will present renowned blues and jazz fiddler Darol Anger at the orchestra’s annual Intermezzo VI Gala Weekend next month.

The orchestra’s fundraising dinner “Fiddlin’ at the Farm” is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 8 at Dancing Fish Farm on Newman Road in Freeland. The evening will feature a performance by Anger and special guest Emy Phelps as well as local favorite, 3 Cent Stamp. Des Rock of Useless Bay Coffee Co. will cater a barbecue buffet and a no-host bar with Whidbey wines, microbrews and spirits. A silent and live auction will round out the evening’s festivities.

Island Thrift has offered to match funds raised at this event, up to $10,000, for future programming and educational opportunities key to the orchestra’s mission. Tickets for the fundraiser cost $100 and may be purchased online at or by calling 360-929-3045.

The fiddling festivities continue at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in the South Whidbey High School auditorium with “Soaring Strings,” a concert featuring Mr. Anger and the Saratoga Orchestra under the direction of conductor Anna Edwards. The eclectic program will feature a mixture of jazz, blues, bluegrass and even Mozart. A number of special guests, including singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, will also participate.

General admission tickets for May 9 cost $25 for adults and $20 for seniors or the military. Students under 18 are free; those 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available at Moonraker Books in Langley, Vino Amore in Freeland, or online at Brown Paper Tickets.