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Elegant dining event during Jazz Festival

Monday, January 9, 2006

Jane Miller is the owner and operator of Macree Hall where the Formal Dinner will be held Sunday evening during the Cherokee Jazz Festival.(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
Two local businesses have teamed up to bring a new event to the Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival scheduled for this weekend. Jackie Wittkop, owner of The Gasthaus Bar and Grill, has teamed up with Jane Miller, owner of Macree Hall in the former Garfield Elementary Building, to present a formal dinner. Wittkop is providing the meal and Miller is providing the hall, table settings, and space for the entertainment.

The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with cocktails beginning at 5 p.m. Each meal costs $25 or is included with the purchase of a Festival Superpass. Reservations are required by calling 225-9908.

On the menu is Prime rib, Key West vegetables, and a dinner salad. After enjoying a delicious meal, attendees will be treated to a live performance of the Mark Pender Band.

Macree Hall, Cherokee's newest ballroom and banquet hall, is located at 516 West Willow Street which is the rear entrance to the former Garfield Elementary School gymnasium. Miller opened the hall officially on Nov. 15, 2005 after some extensive renovation work was completed.

She purchased the Garfield building in 2001 and began renovating a year later. She turned the gymnasium into the dining hall because it was the best use for the space and it provides another place for the community to hold events.

Macree Hall comes complete with a caterer's kitchen, a smaller kitchen for pot luck events, and a bar. There is also a public announcement (PA) system along with surround sound and adjustable lighting.

The hall is designed to host any type of event such as parties, formal affairs, dances, sponsored events, business meetings, and informal gatherings. Depending on the type of event and the number of people attending, rates vary between $50 and $200. Since the hall is located at a former school building there is convenient on-site parking, too.

Miller says the added advantage to Macree Hall is events that include dining can be potluck or catered. She has a list of approved caterers because she wants to ensure the quality of the service for those booking the hall. If there is a larger event where security is necessary she will provide that as well. She is also currently taking reservations for events throughout the new year. For reservation information call 712-225-0100.

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