The Holiday Gathering was held today and our performers were Jim Graseck on his magical violin, and Vince Dantona & George (George is a puppet).
Jim began by playing for the guests as they entered the room and until we settled in after having breakfast. His violin ability and variety of music is astounding. I sang a few songs with him and then we introduced the ventriloquist. Vince was fed a few names of people who were expected to attend and then he singled them out for a little shtick. I had hired Vince a few years ago for another Holiday party so I had seen his routine, but he was as fresh and funny this time as it was the last time. It’s been a while since I laughed as hard.
Jim Graseck has a humorous take on music and the violin in much the same way that Victor Borge had with the piano. He is classically trained and will break out in conversation with his audience while playing the most intricate piece, and never miss a note. He came back and closed out the morning with a some more holiday music and ethnic music that included Danny Boy, The Tarantella, Maleguena, A polka, and several others.
Both of these talented performers are native to Long Island and it was a pleasure to have them.
Thanks to the support of Terry Townsend, Waldo Cabrera of Islip.TV, and Doreen Guma of Adcount Direct we were able to help fund and advertise a wonderful event