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article imageHvar Rotary Club hosts successful charity evening in the Arsenal Special

By Paul Bradbury     Dec 18, 2011 in Travel
Hvar - A spectacular evening of Dalmatian food, wine and song was hosted at the Arsenal in Hvar Town, raising money for the island's disabled people.
Far from being closed for the winter, the tourist island of Hvar in Croatia was very much open for business on December 17, 2011, as the Hvar Rotary Club hosted a stunning evening in the impressive Arsenal building on the town's waterfront, in a fundraising event for the disabled people of the island.
Hvar Rotary Club hosts charity event in the Arsenal
Hvar Rotary Club hosts charity event in the Arsenal
The event, which was attended by around 300 people, was a sell-out, with guests paying 250 kuna a head ($50) for an evening of Dalmatian entertainment, which included food, wine and traditional and modern music, including a memorable performance from Klapa Bagulin from Jelsa and Pitve (see video).
The activites of Hvar Rotary Club
The festivities were opened by Rotary Club President Vicko Zaninovic and followed by a welcome from Hvar Town mayor, Pjerino Bebic, who was this year named as Mayor of the Year at the annual Days of Croatian Tourism awards. The event is the latest in a series of fundraisers by the the island Rotary Club, which is very active in its work, and its programme is varied and includes a charity fundraising event in Jelsa every year, the eagerly awaited Biciklijada, a family event showcasing the cycling abilities of the local children.
In addition to the fundraising aspect, the event also highlighted two other aspects of Hvar, which was recently named as Lonely Planet's number 5 destination for 2012, namely its rich stone heritage and year-round events and activities.
Hvar's stone heritage
The setting for the charity evening was the recently renovated Arsenal building, which guards the entrance to the town's main square - the largest in Dalmatia at 4,500m2. Built between 1579 and 1611 to house war galleys, the Arsenal is an imposing building on the waterfront and underwent renovation in 2009, and boasts an impressive 10m archway at its entrance. It was also used as a storage facility for items such as cereal and salt. Above the Arsenal is another important piece of island heritage, the Hvar Municipal Theatre, the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, which will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2012.
Hvar as a 12-month tourist destination
Taking place just eight days before Christmas, the event was part of a busy social and activities calendar on the island, which is best known for its sunshine, celebrity draw, nightlife and excellent beaches. As well as a busy festive events calendar, there are also several tourism activities happening, as the island extends its successful 2011 season to the New Year bells. Much of that tourism activity will be sea-based, with the 35th Europa Laser Cup regatta commencing on December 28, while the island's premier sailing specialists, Hvar Adventure are offering a post-Christmas sailing school starting on Boxing Day.
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