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Soul lines, wild dancing & spooky specters: Orange Show purgatory party is a cloud nine dream

Soul lines, wild dancing & spooky fun: Orange Show party is a dream

Bob Schultz, from left, Erica and Benjy Levit and Lane Schultz at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Bob Schultz, from left, Erica and Benjy Levit and Lane Schultz at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Rich Latimer, from left, Marc Schindler and Dixie Friend Gay at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Rich Latimer, from left, Marc Schindler and Dixie Friend Gay at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Jason Reeves, from left, Philippe Schmit, Marriet Gurtner and Mark Sullivan at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Jason Reeves, from left, Philippe Schmit, Harriet Gertner and Mark Sullivan at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
John Morton, from left, Tamar Mendelssohn, Jared LeBlanc, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Chris Brown at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
John Morton, from left, Tamar Mendelssohn, Jared LeBlanc, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Chris Brown at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Christopher Hughes, Curry Glassell, Don Mafrige Jr. and Fabian Suarez at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Christopher Hughes, from left, Curry Glassell, Don Mafrige Jr. and Fabian Suarez at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Moira LaFaver, from left, Mark McCray and Susan Wingfield at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Moira LaFaver, from left, Mark McCray and Susan Wingfield at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Mike and Maureen Donelan at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Mike and Maureen Donelan at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Will Robinson, from left, Amy Esalove and Justin Amador at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Will Robinson, from left, Amy Esalove and Justin Amador at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Marc Schindler, from left, Apoma Mackey, Christopher Hughes and Curry Glassell at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Marc Schindler, from left, Apoma Mackey, Christopher Hughes and Curry Glassell at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
John Jeffries, from left, Frany Koelsch and Ashley and Curt Langley at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
John Jeffries, from left, Franny Koelsch and Ashley and Curt Langley at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Ernie Manouse, left, and Jackson Hearn at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Ernie Manouse, left, and Jackson Hearn at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Larry Hokanson, from left, Michael Siller, Jose Marquez and Christian Alvarado at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Larry Hokanson, from left, Michael Siller, Jose Marquez and Christian Alvarado at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Tierney Malone and Jennifer Henderson at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Tierney Malone and Jennifer Henderson at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Jackie Ford, left, and Laura Peters at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Jackie Ford, left, and Laura Peters at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Charlene Salvato and Charlie Davenport at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Charlene Salvato and Charlie Davenport at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Carisha and Lee Washington at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Carisha and Lee Washington at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Cameron and Karen Rezai at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Cameron and Karen Rezai at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Leo Soehnlen, left, and Fabian Suarez at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Leo Soehnlen, left, and Fabian Suarez at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
1 crowd, venue at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
The crowd and venue at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
2 crowd, venue at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
The crowd and venue at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
4 performer at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
A performer at DREAMSCAPE: The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Bob Schultz, from left, Erica and Benjy Levit and Lane Schultz at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Rich Latimer, from left, Marc Schindler and Dixie Friend Gay at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Jason Reeves, from left, Philippe Schmit, Marriet Gurtner and Mark Sullivan at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
John Morton, from left, Tamar Mendelssohn, Jared LeBlanc, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Chris Brown at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Christopher Hughes, Curry Glassell, Don Mafrige Jr. and Fabian Suarez at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Moira LaFaver, from left, Mark McCray and Susan Wingfield at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Mike and Maureen Donelan at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Will Robinson, from left, Amy Esalove and Justin Amador at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Marc Schindler, from left, Apoma Mackey, Christopher Hughes and Curry Glassell at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
John Jeffries, from left, Frany Koelsch and Ashley and Curt Langley at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Ernie Manouse, left, and Jackson Hearn at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Larry Hokanson, from left, Michael Siller, Jose Marquez and Christian Alvarado at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Tierney Malone and Jennifer Henderson at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Jackie Ford, left, and Laura Peters at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Charlene Salvato and Charlie Davenport at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Carisha and Lee Washington at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Cameron and Karen Rezai at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
Leo Soehnlen, left, and Fabian Suarez at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
1 crowd, venue at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
2 crowd, venue at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013
4 performer at DREAMSCAPE The Orange Show's 32nd Annual Gala November 2013

Were we somewhere between a riotous nightmare and a blissful reverie?

You had to wipe your eyes and blink twice to take in all of the hazy, fantastical hallucinations hovering over the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art's happy purgatory party Saturday at the Crowne Plaza. Floating clouds, spooky specters and a trio of faceless cloth-wrapped statuettes crafted by Dixie Friend Gay were set amid a canopy of trees in which fortune tellers called upon ancient voices to prophesy on sex, love and money.

Before long, upward of 600 party guys and gals in everything from black formal attire to just enough fabric and feathers to cover those nether regions swarmed this Garden of Eden alter ego, themed "Dreamscape." They were on cloud nine as they lingered around the ambitious auction organized by Erica Levit, Lance Rosmarin and Harriet Gertner that included a $40,000 mixed media assemblage by Thornton Dial, a piece by Gabriel de la Mora valued at $25,000 and a sculpture by Sharon Kopriva titled Standing Nun.

 Sorely missed was Stephanie Smither, the chief benefactor of the Orange Show's newest venture, Smither Park.

Or was that euphoria courtesy of an infantry of bartenders pouring drinks faster than the speed of light? Chairs Holly Moore and Molly Hipp Hubbard know that one gets richer if there's more liquor.

Through a giant mouth sketched on a floor-to-ceiling canvas, guests entered the dining room to continue the trance with a three-course dinner. Once the music started, the dance floor was mobbed courtesy of tunes belted by the Celebrity Allstar Band, which flew in from Atlanta to tear up this 32nd annual bash. Soul lines, shake-your-thang contests and dance circles . . . ties came off and shoes went flying as everybody got down with anyone — friends or newbies.

In the crowd were Marilyn Oshman, Suzy Simons, Ernie Manouse and Jackson Hearn, Jeff Shell, Rich Latimer, Marc Schindler, Maureen and Mike Donelan, John Morton, Tamar Mendelssohn, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, Chris Brown, Jason Reeves and Mark Sullivan, Philippe Schmit, Harriet Gertner, Dan Phillips, Erica and Benjy Levit and Lane and Bob Schultz.

Sorely missed was Stephanie Smither, the chief benefactor of the Orange Show's newest venture, Smither Park. She was on friends' thoughts as she recovers from a recent double lung transplant procedure.