Democrats nationwide will be celebrating Thursday, Jan. 20, the day of President George W. Bush’s inauguration. Yes, you read correctly. On Jan. 20, one of the oldest liberal organizations in the U.S., Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), will hold a Counter-Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C. In Missoula on the same day, a Counter-Inaugural Gala will also be held at the Elks Club, preceded by a wine and cheese reception at the new La Lumiere Enchantee gallery above the Raven Café. Lake County resident and La Lumiere gallery owner Treasa Glinnwater decided to organize the gala after attending an ADA event in Boston while serving as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Back in Montana, she contacted Dump Bush founders Alex Taft, Jocelyn Siler and Craig Menteer to see if there’d be interest in hosting a gala in Missoula. “Everyone I talked to was totally enthusiastic about the idea,” Glinnwater says.
So in recent weeks the Dump Bush folks and Glinnwater have mobilized to plan the event. “In some ways it’s a lot like the Dump Bush rally,” Siler says. “The spirit behind it is fun.”
Glinnwater elaborates the event’s goals: “In any democratic society, there has to exist a core group of people who maintain their critical faculties and who are not afraid to voice their opposition to what I would call politically orchestrated corruption and deception,” she says. “This gala is an opportunity for all of us who are in opposition to the deception and corruption of the Bush administration to come together. It will be a celebration of our collective consciousness in opposition to deception.”
Literally, the gala will begin with a 5 p.m. reception at Glinnwater’s gallery; dinner will be served at the Elks at 6 p.m., followed by a program that includes Craig Menteer’s satirical Reverend Kenyon act with the Enough’s Enough Choir, and also a “surprise” speaker. There’ll be dancing and music by Swizzlegrit from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets range from $7 to $27 (available at Butterfly Herbs, the Elks Club and Rockin Rudy’s), and any proceeds leftover after costs are covered will go to the Poverello Center, Glinnwater says. “There’s something compelling about our Counter-Inaugural Gala feeding the hungry and the homeless, as opposed to stuffing the wealthy,” she says.