So pink in Pelham

WAG has to admit to being tickled pink by the way the Pelham Art Center is promoting its annual spring fundraiser.

Dozens of pink plastic flamingos have been showing up at random sites throughout town, from an otherwise quiet front lawn to a bustling spot adjacent to the train station.

The flock is the center’s way of announcing its “Flock Party,” 7:30 p.m. May 13.

“Galas are for the birds,” says Brian Bober, PAC board member and rumored ‘Flock’ organizer, in advance materials. “We’re going pink, we’re going tacky, and we’re going fun.”

Here’s how the event is coming together:

Guests within Pelham will have a pink flamingo personally delivered. Guests outside of Pelham may pick up their flamingos any time at the center or upon arrival May 13. Partygoers are invited to decorate their own flamingos and bring them to the event, where prizes will be awarded.

The advance continues, “The ‘anti-gala’ will be a casual, ridiculously fun evening, with light fare, pink (and other color) drinks, a DJ, unusual auction experiences and items – including artist-decorated flamingos. And because it’s Pelham Art Center, there will be exciting, serious art auctioned off as well – advantageously priced.”

Lynn Honeysett, executive director of the center, says, “Supporters of nonprofits are dishing out a lot of money for gala tickets, and most of it doesn’t go to the nonprofit – it goes to the venue. We’d like our supporters to enjoy a great party for a less expensive ticket price, and to know that the majority of that money goes directly to the free arts programs and scholarships they want to support.”

Proceeds from the event fund Pelham Art Center’s free, open-to-the-public arts programs, exhibitions, scholarships and after-school programs in underserved communities.

For more, including updates on flamingo sightings and ticket details, visit

– Mary Shustack

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