Twilight Cabaret raises money for Chautauqua Fund

Amanda Mainguy | Staff Photographer
Bijou Clinger performs during the Twilight Cabaret Monday in the Hall of Philosophy. The event raised $4,000 for the Chautauqua Fund.

On Monday in the Hall of Philosophy, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted a Twilight Cabaret fundraiser for the Chautauqua Fund.

Those in attendance were invited to enjoy a coffee bar along with an assortment of desserts on the chilly summer evening.

Lifelong Chautauquans Greg Miller and his wife, Bijou Clinger, were the evening’s performers, playing a diverse mix of original songs, covers and show tunes.

“We both grew up here. We met here at a high school club dance when we were 15 or 16,” Miller said. “We met in an incredibly romantic, Chautauquan fashion. We actually got married here in the Hall of Philosophy. We’ve also sung at one or two weddings in the Hall of Philosophy for other people as well.”

Miller sang and played the piano while Clinger sang.

For one song, the couple’s daughter, Juliet, joined them on the candlelit stage to play the violin.

“We’re really happy there were so many people here tonight,” Miller said. “I think the evening went great. We had a great turnout, and hopefully we raised some money for the Chautauqua Fund.”

And they did indeed raise some money.

Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund, said the Fund received almost $4,000 in gross proceeds from the Cabaret.

“What an enjoyable way to give back to the Chautauqua community, not only in terms of what Greg and Bijou decided to do with this Cabaret, but also the many attendees who gathered together to financially support this special place for all of us,” she said.