The cultural and musical spirit of New Orleans comes to the Great Hall on Grafton Common in Grafton Saturday as Apple Tree Arts presents a Welcome to Bourbon Street Gala. The event features a performance by Bourbon Street Brass led by trombonist Russell Jewell, dancing, New Orleans-style hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cocktails and an array of silent auction items. Vocalist and pianist Stephanie Sarkisian will also perform jazz and popular music, and Christina Pierro wlll sing Broadway show tunes and duets with Sarkisian. A "VIP" reception includes appetizers, a complimentary Bourbon Street Spritz, and music by classical violinist Kathryn Haddad. Catering is by Peppers Artful Events. The gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community arts school with over 1,500 children and adult students.                                                                                 

 
What: Welcome to Bourbon Street Gala

When: 7 to 10 p.m. March 14; "VIP" reception 6 p.m.

Where: Apple Tree Arts, Great Hall, One Grafton Common, Grafton

How much: $60; "VIP" admission $80.  For more information, call Apple Tree Arts (508) 839-4286 or visit www.appletreearts.org