Time to get dressed up for the gala

The time is near to get your tickets and be a part of the Community Excellence Awards in Golden.

The time is near to get your tickets and be a part of the Community Excellence Awards in Golden.

This year will see some new awards which will provide even more entertainment to an evening packed with fun.

“This year we have added the Golden Nuggets Awards, fun awards to acknowledge more people and places. It will be interesting to see where the Best Place to Propose is, who has the Best Hanging Baskets, or who the Best Apprentice is. There will be certificates and decals for the winners,” said Ruth Hamilton,  manager of the Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce.

This year, the Gala has a special theme which will mix an old time feel with glamourous attire.

“We love to take a decorating theme and run with it for the Community Excellence Awards, this year is no exception as we are hosting a Kicking Horse Barn Dance. Come out to see the Mount 7 Rec Plex be transformed into an old fashion barn … back into the days of when the barn was swept out and became the dance hall for the night.  That does not mean jeans are the attire of choice for the evening, we want everyone to put on their ‘Sunday finest’ and celebrate community excellence,” Hamilton said.

The menu this year will be served by Kickin’ Thyme Catering who have been selected the 2012 caterers for the Community Excellence Awards. The menu will consist of appetizer platters of fig and goat cheese oat cakes, bruschetta, smoked salmon and caper crustini.

There will be a buffet dinner of herb-crusted stuffed barron of beef with balsamic glaze and au jus; thyme roasted chicken; herb-roasted baby potatoes, rice pilaf, vegetarian quinoa stuffed peppers and two seasonal vegetables. Salads will consist of mixed mesclun salad with house made dressings, caesar salad, spinach salad with blue cheese, hazelnuts and sour cherry vinaigrette.

For dessert guests will have many choices to choose from. There will be pumpkin mini cheesecakes, pecan tartlettes with bourbon sauce, lemon cream napoleon, triple chocolate brownies, and coffee and tea.

Tickets are available at the Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce office, the Golden Star, or from any board member.

There is an early bird price until Oct. 5. You can get two tickets for $90, after that they will be $50 each.

There will also be a superb line-up of local musicians throughout the evening according to Hamilton.

“Tony Bell will be the first musician up with songs and ballads throughout the conversation and cocktail hour.  We will mellow to some quieter tunes during dinner with classical guitarist Leo Downey. After the award ceremonies Willhorse will be striking up some dance music to celebrate with the Community Excellence Award champions.  DJ Stylings by Mihajic Touch will follow to keep the dance music flowing until the midnight buffet.”