Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'


For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch.

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes hosted one of the area’s hottest winter-time events last year, with the Winter Blues Ball, organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.Coastal Point • File Photo
The Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes hosted one of the area’s hottest winter-time events last year, with the Winter Blues Ball, organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

The third annual Winter Blues Ball, with the dichotic theme of “Fire and Ice,” will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes.

“We wanted to continue with the ‘winder wonderland’ theme [of years past] but wanted to rev it up and add a new element,” said Desiree Lawrence, event coordinator for the Chamber, of this year’s theme. She said it is only one of the interesting changes or additions for this year’s ball.

Just a few weeks ago, the DiFebo family – well-known in the community for their restaurants DiFebo’s and Isabella’s – took over operations at the Bistro at Bear Trap, so while the ball is in the same spot as last year, it will be a first with the DiFebo clan in charge.

“We are excited to work with Lisa [DiFebo-Osias] and her crew,” noted Lawrence.

The ball will also feature the Mario Rocco band – a local favorite that came highly recommended after entertaining a crowd at the Harvest Ball last fall, to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library. Rocco brings with him an extensive catalog of music, from Frank Sinatra to present-day hits.

The ball will incorporate live and silent auctions, and items are being added each day. Lawrence said many of the items being donated are being done so with a nod to the current economic conditions, so there are lots of everyday services people need, such as dry cleaning, groceries and mechanic work.

Lawrence said they expect between 100 and 110 people to attend, so that would put them on course with last year’s ball, which 112 people attended. She said the Chamber staff is anticipating a great night and a fun time to be had by all.

“We like to introduce a new element each year, to get people rejuvenated, and this event, in particular, has a few new elements, and we are excited to unveil them. And the buzz around town seems to be pretty good,” she added.

The Winter Blues Ball is presented by PNC Bank and sponsored by Comcast Spotlight. Tickets cost $125 each and can be purchased by calling the Chamber at (302) 539-2100. Seating is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot or a table. To donate to the silent auction, people can contact Desiree Lawrence at the Chamber at (302) 539-2100.

The proceeds for the event benefit the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation and the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s Capital Reserve Fund.