NYE 2020

The Invite

Join Starlight Reunion for our fourth consecutive and largest New Years Soiree featuring Live Jazz, Burlesque, poets, performance arts, DJ’s past dawn and Winter Ramos’ Birthday! Arrive at the Starlight Books storefront, to get in tell the bookstore employee you want to buy a copy of The Great Gatsby and enter the world of Cats and Dolls, Gansters and Gams.

Begin the evening with cocktails, poetry, tapas, and live jazz at 7 PM. Move to the dance floor for a full night of sets by PriceRight, Chaddabox, Red Velvet and Hnnh from the fabled Fox Den, Stolin Beats, Get Down, Rowan Bear, Witty, BK Love, Chris Moyles, Love Tribe, and more to be announced!

Enjoy a full cash bar of libations and specially prepared delicacies available throughout the night, share a mimosa with us at dawn. Dress in your finest spiffy 20’s attire.

Flappers, burlesque queens, big cheeses, dames, Cats and Dolls, trouble boys, G-Men.

Location: 825 Ronan St, Missoula, MT 59801

Come at dusk, stay past dawn.

* A Note on Ticket Prices:
As many of you know, Starlight Reunion has relied on donations to cover costs for events and we were fortunate to cover most costs at Forest Creatures this year. We were not, however, able to pay the 40 plus artists and musicians who gathered with us. It is Starlight Reunion’s New Years Resolution to begin paying the artists who gather and make our community what it is. Your $10 ticket will allow us to do that, and we think that is important. We still rely on an amazing group of humans who volunteer literally 100’s of hours of time on these projects, and that will continue. If ticket costs are an issue for you, please contact us and we will accommodate you. You are also welcome to volunteer or make a larger donation if you are able.

Performance Spotlight:
The Cigarette Girls Burlesque

Visual Artist Spotlight:
Ashley Meyora

We are excited to announce that Ashley’s work will be featured in our Speakeasy Lounge area. Ashley Meyora is a local encaustic and mixed media artist originally from the Bay Area, CA and Red Lodge, Montana respectively. She received a BFA in painting and secondary teaching licensure from the University of Montana, in 2017. Her work has been published in the Rise and Shine magazine, and she has exhibited work in the Gallery of Visual Arts, The University Center Gallery, and the Radius Gallery.

Artist Statement

The cyclical nature of life and personal patterns of reflection direct my creative process. I use a variety of materials to respond and translate these experiences into non-objective and abstract paintings. Working and reworking the surface, adding and subtracting layers, stepping into and away from a developing artwork becomes a physical and mental dance. This process is a form of communication; a conversation between artist, paint, and surface.

Website: ashleymeyora.com Email: ashleymeyora@gmail.com

Poet Spotlight:
Sheryl Noethe

Sheryl Noethe founded the Missoula Writing Collaborative in 1994. She is the Co-author of the teaching text Poetry Everywhere, now in its third printing. She has received numerous awards such as the American Academy of Poetry Award, as well as a 2004 Cultural Achievement Award from the Missoula Cultural Council. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, and she has published five collections of poetry: The Descent of Heaven Over the Lake (New Rivers Press, 1984); The Ghost Openings (Grace Court Press, 2000), which won a Northwest Publisher’s Best Book Award; Greatest Hits of Sheryl Noethe(Pudding House Press Prize 2007) As Is (Lost Horse Press, 2009); and her latest collection, Grey Dog Big Sky (FootHills Publishing, 2013), which won the High Plains Award in 2014. In 2011 Sheryl became Montana’s fourth Poet Laureate, an honor she held until 2013.This will be a free, family-friendly portion of our event and will include drinks, snacks and live jazz. Can’t wait to see you all there

Writers Spotlight:

Based on Starlight Reunions’ event Smooth Sayers, for the first two hours we will be enjoying a poetry reading from local poet Sheryl Noethe, with support from Zan Bockes, James Amo and Kate Byrne! Smooth Sayers aims to invite thoughtful evaluation of the human experience and careful consideration of artists’ abilities to illuminate our connection to one another.