My Big Fat Cold Spring Wedding, on May 12

Wedding Bells will ring for Cold Spring School on May 12, when parents host the school’s annual spring fundraiser, My Big Fat Cold Spring Wedding, a play on the mega-hit movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Guests of the event, to be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, will attend a “wedding gift registry,” the evening’s euphemism for a silent auction. Here guests will be able to purchase baskets assembled by each classroom. A few of the baskets are cleverly titled “Happy Camper,” “Board to Death,” “Fiesta Fantastico” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll.” Later in the evening, guests will also be “filling the Cold Spring School dowry” during the live auction. The “dowry” will offer such items as one-of-a-kind art projects, a private wine tour and catered lunch by David LaFond, the Cold Spring dad of LaFond Wine and Vineyards, and an original piece of art by Garrett Speirs, a Cold Spring dad and local artist.

Amongst the offerings are several “honeymoon” packages also available for bidding during live auction. The honeymoons are one-week stays and are flexible for either a couple or to bring the entire family for a different kind of honeymoon. A few of the packages being offered are snorkeling with sea turtles at the Hanalei Resort Colony in Kauai, Hawaii; world class surfing at Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica; and a private tour of Yellowstone National Park and stay in Red Lodge, Montana.

In addition, the silent auction will offer opportunities to compete in the first annual MUS versus CSS Bocce Rumble, a friendly competition between Montecito Union and Cold Spring dads that will take place this summer. Montecito Union filled its bocce roster last month during the school’s carnival silent auction. According to the Rumble rules, each team from Montecito’s two elementary schools must wear a uniform and have a team song available for chanting during the game. The winning team will hold the trophy, a Golden Pallino, for one year. The creation of hand signals and bumper stickers representing each side are already in the works.

“Winning isn't everything – it's the only thing,” jokes Bryan Goligoski, a Cold Spring parent and event co-chair.

The Cold Spring “wedding hall” will be decorated with lots of baby blue color, white tulle netting, carnation flowers and maybe even bottles of Windex (rent the movie if this doesn't sound familiar). Guests are encouraged to wear tacky wedding attire. Yes, something from the back of one's closet that looked smashing 15 years ago. Along with auction items, the evening will also feature a catered dinner, wedding DJ and Jordan almonds and cake.

The May 12 soirée is in addition to a fall fundraiser organized by the Cold Spring School Foundation. This year's party is co-chaired by Goligoski and his wife, Erin. The foundation financially supports the school’s music and chorus, art, technology, library, Spanish and physical education programs. On average, a Cold Spring student attends these programs two to three times per week along with regular curriculum.

“We, as parents, can witness the students participating in these enrichment programs and being cared for and nurtured by the staff and teachers,” says Mike Hieshima, co-president of the 2006-07 foundation board. “It is this environment that makes our children excited to be at school and encouraged to become anything they imagine.”

For more info on My Big Fat Cold Spring Wedding please call Bryan or Erin Goligoski at 969-2211.