Arts Night and Toast to the Arts

Arts Night and Toast to the Arts

With cooler weather approaching, everyone turns their attention to indoor activities including two popular area autumn events.

A.R.T.S. night on October 28 at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn is organized by the Women’s Fund of Portage County. Their tag line “A reason to shop, share, and socialize” sums up the fun for all attending. Tickets for ARTS night are available online at or by calling 715-344-3624. Tickets include a light buffet, desserts, and a cash bar.

A.R.T.S. night gives dozens of local artists the opportunity to show off their wares and meet customers, and gives everyone an opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping with beautiful locally crafted items. Jewelry, paintings, candies, even handmade wooden pens from the students at the Charles Fernandez Center; these are just some of the items for sale.

Proceeds from this event are used to make grants by the Women’s Fund which earlier this year gave away over $50,000 to local organizations that met their motto: “… to fund programs that develop the full potential of women and children”. From the Boys and Girls Club breakfast program to Meals on Wheels for senior women and UWSP scholarships for student moms, the Women’s Fund is one of the leading community service organizations in Portage County, and A.R.T.S. night is their premiere fundraising event.

Another fall event is “Toast to the Arts” which will be held November 14 and 15 at Sentry’s Theatre @ 1800. This year’s event, “Toast to the Nutcracker,” features a jazz version of the Nutcracker with local dance, marital arts and theater groups, as well as musicians combining for this performance. In addition, Toast will be offering art and purses for adoption, glamour selfies, creative hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Besides being an evening of entertainment, this event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Arts & Culture Mission Fund at the Community Foundation. This fund supports local artists, art education, public art performances, and the Arts Alliance of Portage County.

Tickets for Toast to the Arts are available at or by calling 715-498-2339.

Let’s support (and enjoy) these wonderful evenings of fun, food, and friendship….this is also support for many Portage County community service organizations.

Trish Baker is a Board Member on the Community Foundation Marketing Committee.


Community Foundation of Central WI