Columbus is about 1,150 miles away from the Maine coastline, but you’ll only have to travel as far as the Heritage Fund Courtyard for The Phil’s Maine Event: Lobsterfest!, the main fundraiser for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
During Lobsterfest, at 6 p.m. May 17, the Old National Bank parking lot will be transformed into the site of a New England-style clambake. Dining will be in the Heritage Fund Courtyard.
Food is the focus as the event caterers drive in from Maine with a truckload of live lobsters, caught that week. Served buffet-style, the menu includes roast potatoes, onions and New England clam chowder.
Those preferring fowl to fish will have a chicken alternative entree. The evening opens at 6 p.m. with cocktails from the cash bar and performances by the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, one of the programs to benefit from Lobsterfest. The dinner, starting at 7 p.m., will be accompanied by music by Tom Pickett and Da Bums.
The event is a departure from the traditional black tie, sit-down gala, said Philharmonic Executive Director Margaret Powers. Rather than donning formal dress, those attending Lobsterfest are encouraged to ditch the formalities and come in casual wear.
“Come comfortably dressed,” said event co-chair Jeff Baker. “You’re going to be eating lobster. That’s not a dainty meal.”
Event proceeds help support the Philharmonic’s concert and music education programs, which reach more than 13,000 adults and children every year in the South Central Region of Indiana.