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A seat at Della’s table

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What: A Seat at Della's Table

When: 7:00 pm Sat., Feb. 20

Where: Facebook Live

Cost: By donation

Info: https://gofund.me/be5760fe

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

In the graphic created for “A Seat at Della’s Table” concert taking place Sat., Feb. 20, a woman standing atop a waterfront picnic table at dusk is seen in silhouette as she deftly juggles a trio of clubs. A young boy is positioned on the bench below her trying his hand at the art form, while three musicians—a guitarist, a trombonist and an upright bassist—appear to be playing a sunset serenade.

It’s a fitting tribute to Della “Moustachella” Plaster, a beloved performer with the Bellingham Circus Guild and many other area arts organizations who died last October in a car accident on an icy road near Livingston, Montana.

Della often described herself as a “tickler of funny bones, master of fun,” and the statement was an apt one. Anyone who saw her dance or juggle, take part in a spaghetti western at the Lookout Arts Quarry, clown around at a birthday party or workshop for area youth, or host the Community Food Co-op’s Real Food Show with her partner, Wren Schultz, can attest that to see her in action was to witness what pure joy looked like. Her skills were legendary, but so were her smiles.

And although she’s not someone who will soon be forgotten, a number of Della’s friends wanted to further memorialize her in a way they knew she’d approve of. They started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to install a Celebration of Life Picnic Table—somewhere people could gather to honor her legacy. Whatcom County Parks and Recreation was a meaningful organization to Della, and they’re onboard with setting up a table in Bellingham once the perfect park locale is pinned down.

The campaign has already raised the $4,000 needed to move forward with the project, but “A Seat at Della’s Table” will hopefully nudge the donations even higher and raise additional funds for organizations close to the performer’s heart such as the Bellingham Circus Guild, Lydia Place, DVSAS, Anacortes Family Center, and more.

During the livestreamed event from the Bellinghome School of Music, viewers can listen to music by Orion Lackey, Zaia Grace, and Lauren Schaumberg, watch live projected art by Taj Eye, and check out vaudeville videos from Della’s circus friends.

“Della always encouraged playfulness, creativity and silliness,” organizers say. “This is a chance for us to grease up our funny bones, get the creative juices flowing and is a way of saying thank you to the people who supported the GoFundMe campaign and to encourage people to donate.

“One of Della’s many gifts to us was showing us how to gather in kind; we can hardly wait to hold her in heart with every moment we share at a place devoted to her inspiring life.”

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