EACH December for the last 18 years Maxon’s Riverside Restaurant was beautifully transformed for the Christmas season in preparation for the Oregon Rotary Club’s Angel Ball. The closing of Maxon’s has ended this annual transformation but the Angel Ball has found an exciting new location which will re-invent the special evening.
On Friday, December 6, the 19th Rotary Angel Ball will be held at Barnacopia, the newly opened, post and beam structure built just west of Mt. Morris on Route 64. The three level barn is the personal vision of owners Gary and Judy Bocker. There will be “angels in the rafters”on this special night as the remarkable building glows for the first time with holiday decorations and cheer. Barnacopia features three floors of unique period displays, restored tractors, antique autos, working soda fountain, an indoor drive-in theater, reproduced 1950’s Polo store fronts, a third floor “pool hall”, and nostalgic surprises in every corner and cranny. The attached four story silo features a beautiful bed and breakfast getaway with your choice of two unique round rooms to choose from.
Guests will enter to valet parking and the event begins with a complimentary champaign greeting at 6:30 p.m. The tradition of a harpist playing before the buffet meal is continued this year, as are the raffle, silent and live auctions, followed by dancing to standards and holiday tunes. Song stylist Ken Drucks will entertain guests with his table side vocal renditions of Frank Sinatra standards. The classic holiday movie”It’s a Wonderful Life” will be showing on the second store Drive-in screen and guest are welcome to explore all three levels of Barnacopia throughout the evening.
Since the first Angel Ball in 1994, this unique evening has raised thousands of dollars for the Village of Progress, Serenity Hospice and Home, and the Oregon Rotary Foundation. Please consider this your save the date note. The cost for the event is $85 per guest. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6th. To make your reservation and to support some very worthy local not-for-profit agencies, please phone 815-732-2126 or email before November 8.