Judging by the radiant smiles of the more than 300 residents who gathered for the Asbury Summer Solstice celebration, this annual event was a great success. Entertainment by the Strathmore Music Center’s artist-in-residence, the Christie Dashiell Quartet brought rave reviews, and the leis, fans, and tables sporting flower and pinwheel centerpieces gave it a colorful and festive atmosphere.
The event was delicious, too, with an elegant menu of carved fresh fruit kabobs, summer crab salad stuffed eggs, barbeque spare ribs, sunflower seed-crusted chicken bites with honey-lime dipping sauce and shrimp wrapped in frilled orange slices. Lemonade stations beneath the big white tent quenched thirsts and complimented the yellow- and orange-iced cupcakes.
Tables were abuzz with laughter and conversation, but when the sounds of a keyboard, drums and bass were heard tuning up on stage, the crowd quieted down to hear the introduction to jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell, a Washington native whose performance this night was her final one after a year of being part of the Strathmore Music Center’s Artist in Residence Program. Asbury’s partnership with the Strathmore cultural arts center, called The Strathmore Society at Asbury, brings a series of concerts to campus during the year. Ms. Dashiell’s rendition of “Summertime,” “Girl from Ipanema,” and some scat-filled Ella Fitzgerald numbers truly brought the evening to a close on a high note.
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