Mystery and Murder Gala with Rodriguez Dance Theatre Oct. 11 (corrected date!)


Presented by:

The Rodriguez Dance Theatre


St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

Friday, October 11, 2013
Red Carpet and Cash Bar at 6:30 PM
Elegant Small Plates, Live Music and Mystery at 7:30 PM

St. Nick’s Lisette Rodriguez and Rodriguez Dance Theatre (RDT) are kicking off their seventh season with their first significant fundraising event, to be held at St. Nicholas on Friday, October 11, 2013. All members of our community are invited to share in a rollicking, 1920s themed “evening of dancing and murder”.

Board Member Bob DeHaven explains that Dance to Death will be RDT’s first Gala event. “It has been great fun for me to see Lisette’s company grow, just in the two years that I have been on the board. The company members keep challenging themselves, and Lisette keeps raising the bar of both physical and artistic expectation. Although the main goal of a fundraiser is to increase our revenue to keep strengthening the company, it has been equally important to provide a great evening at a good value. We are still developing our audience and our reputation in the community. This event is intended to showcase the company’s talent, in the midst of a great evening. Our goal is to provide the best in food and entertainment for a donation that is equal to or less than what you might spend on an elegant night out. As we discussed the event with the company, everyone was eager to make it a party that anyone would love to attend.”

The mystery was written for RDT by Alesha Claveria, a freelance author and playwright who splits her time between L.A. and Washington D.C. Created for RDT, the storyline is about Lisette’s fictitious Grandmother Rose turning 100 years old, and begins like this:

“The wealthy Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village is abuzz with excitement. All the most upper crust citizens are gathering for the event of the year, a party no guest will forget! Rose Rodriguez, venerated founder of the world famous Rodriguez Dance Theatre, is turning 100 years old. Her family and friends are throwing Grandmother Rose a 1920s themed birthday party. After all, that’s when the old woman first rose to international dancing acclaim, during “The Roaring 20s” – era of speakeasies, short skirts, and bootlegged hooch. So in honor of Grandmother Rose’s contribution to the world of dance, the dancers in her company are bringing the 1920s roaring back with performances, dance lessons for guests, food and drinks. Guests can watch flapper girls tear up the floor, learn to dance the Charleston, and enjoy a little bootlegged hooch themselves! Anyone who’s anyone will be there to honor the famous Grandmother Rose as she turns one hundred. But, as it turns out, old Rose may have a surprise of her own! And when someone is found dead at the party, guests will have to wonder who, if anyone, will make it out alive. Murder wasn’t part of the evening’s scheduled entertainment . . . was it?

RSVP now for an evening of dancing and murder! Dress as you would for an elegant night out. ‘Roaring 20s’ garb not required, though it would be fun!”

Invitations may be found at the welcome table and reservations may be made online at or by mail. For more information, call 630-310-7304 or ask Bob or Lisette.

Edited to correct the date and time, the webmistress regrets the error and will do the Charleston as penance for the next hour.

Easter Videos Just In Time for Advent… Watch For “Christmas Wishes” To Come!

Our Video page will be updated on a much more regular basis, thanks to the work of videographer Carol Payne. We have channels at YouTube, and also at Vimeo.

First up: Father Paul T Brouillette preaching at Easter Sunday 2010 (based on his reference to Father Steve Martz, who can be heard laughing in the background).

Father Paul ran many races, but sadly his race against a long-standing illness ended this year. We miss him and his talents greatly at St Nicholas. Not only was he a great and thought-provoking preacher, he was a talented guitar and banjo player. He was accustomed to singing the Exultet at the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night service that is the main celebration of Easter at St Nicholas) together with a few choir members. And he was also the featured guitar player at the singing of “Silent Night” at the end of every Christmas Eve service for the last few years. This year will be the first year without him. We hope his family and friends find comfort in this video, which they may not have known existed.

This next video shows Father Manny at the altar, doing the Eucharist (communion) part of the service on Easter Sunday 2012. That was Manny’s second Easter Sunday at St Nicholas, but his first as the vicar and not interim minister.

Father Manny welcomes ALL to the altar. He’s assisted by Valerie Gruenwald and her daughter Rose, who looked very beautiful in her Easter Sunday dress. As you can tell by the soundtrack, a lot of families with young children attend this service.

Look for more frequent uploads and updates – there are more videos with music, and “Christmas Wishes” videos from St Nicholas parishioners.

RUMMAGE SALE This Weekend: St Nick’s Knacks in Elk Grove Village IL

Our Annual Rummage Sale will take place on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, from 9AM to 3PM both days.

This is our major fundraiser for the year, and we need all hands on deck to make it a success.  How can you help?  We need:

  • Everyone to spread the word.  Go to our Facebook page and “join” the event and share with your friends. 
  • People to  let Manny know when they can spend an hour or two Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the week of the sale to continue to organize and price.  
  • Everyone to sign up to volunteer on the dates of the sale.  We simply can’t have enough volunteers.  We  need cashiers for the main table and boutique room, floor walkers, greeters, baggers/wrappers. Click this link to sign up online.

Thank you, in advance!  The sale is a wonderful community-builder, and an opportunity to welcome people to St. Nicholas.  We guarantee you’ll have fun!  Most importantly, the whole idea is that everyone participate, however that’s possible for each person.
via News from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church