Saturday February 27, 2010 | 09:24 PM


Bud Carlson and Julie George-Carlson, seen here chatting with guests, threw open the doors of their gracious home for a party this evening in support of the new Freeport Shakespeare Festival. Called A Mid-Winter's Night Soiree, the affair featured cocktails mixed from Cold River Vodka, eats from Azure Cafe and loads of really fun silent auction items (including a walk-on role in The Tempest and a Gritty's Goodie Bag). All the money raised from tonight's event supports the professional theater company, which makes its debut this summer with a free performance of The Tempest Aug. 3-6 at L.L. Bean's Discovery Park. In honor of the upcoming production, the evening's signature drink - The Tempest -  featured Cold River Blueberry, cranberry juice, Cointreau and club soda garnished with two blueberries and a blood orange slice.

Of course, you can't have a Shakespeare party without a performance of the Bard's work. And to that end the excellent Naked Shakespeare company more than filled the bill. Throughout the evening and throughout the house, actors offered a series of short performances. Here April Singley, playing Miranda, and Johnny Speckman, playing Ferdinand, wrestle a bear in Act III, Scene i from The Tempest.

The the actors were captivating, the party was a delight and the weather stayed true to the midwinter theme, shrouding everything in a pretty layer of white. 

Look for party photos in next weekend's Scene & Heard section of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

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