HILLS AND DALES  The Symphony League of Canton held its annual fundraiser for The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) called, "In Place - A Great Gatsby Affair" on June 26. It was held at one of the homes in Hills & Dales Village, a Georgian Baronial estate originally built by T.K. Harris.

Visitors ignored the summer temperatures topping out in the upper 80s and arrived dressed in 1920s clothing. Barb Mucci, director of development for CSO, said the event is held to raise money for educational outreach programs.

"We are expecting 220 people this evening and our goal is to raise $30,000," Mucci said. "The fundraiser has been a tradition since the 1980s. Proceeds will go to support the many educational outreach programs CSO holds throughout the year."

There was also live music throughout the night from Bob Blyer and the Meadowbrook Band and three musicians from the Canton Youth Symphony. The décor included three vintage cars parked on the front lawn. While raising money was the main focus, tasting the large variety of food was also a highlight for the evening.

There were 23 local restaurants setup inside and outside of the estate. Samples of desserts, entrees and appetizers filled two floors and the lawn. In addition to local restaurants and bakeries, four students from the culinary arts program at Stark State College were part of the food vendors. The group was serving a strawberry shortcake cookie cup, petite hazel nut truffle, pork and currants lamb chops and a seared duck in a lemon mint sauce. 

This year’s event was held in a 15,00-square-foot home built in 1930. It has 12 bedrooms and bathrooms, a six-car garage, and sits on 4.3 acres of land. Ed and Judy Cebulko own the home.

"The temperature is warm outside but inside this beautiful home it’s nice and cool and everyone seems to be having a good time touring the home and tasting the wonderful food," Mucci said.