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‘Casablanca’ the theme for CCAC dinner

  • Patrons were encouraged to dress up in their best Bogey or Bergman outfit during the “Play It Again, Sam” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Chef Stewart Dalton got into the spirit as he prepared some Moroccan-style dining Friday night at the “Play It Again, Sam” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Patrons enjoyed some fine Moroccan-style dining Friday night at the “Play It Again, Sam” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • CCAC Director Emily Kiewel helped serve and had some fun with some of the younger diners during the “Play It Again, Sam” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

There were a couple of Bogeys, a few Bergmans and at least one Claude Rains.

There was even a Sam — as some piano music provided by Scott Blankenbaker set the mood for the evening.

A couple dozen local residents participated in the “Play It Again, Sam” evening Friday at the Charles City Arts Center, featuring a Moroccan-style three-course dinner prepared by local culinary artist Stewart Dalton.

The theme for the post-Valentine’s Day event came from the classic movie “Casablanca.” Patrons were encouraged to dress up in their best Bogey or Bergman outfit, and the movie was shown after the dinner.

CCAC Director Emily Kiewel said that the dinner, now in its third year, has become a tradition. It’s an opportunity to take a spouse or date out for some fine dining without leaving town.

The theme for this year’s CCAC fundraiser was a repeat of the 2018 event, which was also called “Play it Again, Sam.” Last year, Dalton put together an Italian-themed ensemble of food, there was Renaissance music, and high school speech students performed scenes and speeches from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

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