On President’s Day, the Hat Tavern, located in the Grand Summit Hotel, 507 Springfield Ave., Summit, will donate 10 percent of the day's proceeds to support Summit High School’s participation in this summer's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Simply enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner, take-out or happy hour at “The Hat” on Monday, February 20, 2012, and you too will contribute to the SHS Performing Arts summer trip.

“We are so grateful to the Hat Tavern for this support,” said Anne Poyner, director of Performing Arts at Summit High School. “We will be staging the Tony-award-winning musical Urinetown in Scotland, and we need to raise funds to cover all the production costs—music rights, staging, costumes, printing programs, and so on. The Hat Tavern is so generous with their help; now we just need the community to join in. And what could be easier than enjoying a great meal with the family!”

Summit High School is one of only 40 high schools selected by the American High School Theater Festival to participate in “the Fringe,” based on overall excellence of the school’s program. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest performing arts festival in the world, with hundreds of groups participating from around the world. In addition to their own performance, the Summit students will also have the opportunity to view productions staged by other schools as well as professional troupes. Summit High School participates in the event only once every four years, because of the expense. As a result, every high school student has a chance – but only one – to be part of the trip and the production.

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“We are always happy to help the Summit Schools as well as supporting the performing arts; it is a great pleasure for us to assist the students in performing this summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,” said Walter Curtis, General Manager of the Hat Tavern.

The Hat Tavern’s full menu is available for the day, featuring tapas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. A special prix fixe dinner menu will also be available for couples or families to share: each person orders one of three entrees – Mama Flo’s meatballs with spaghetti; country fried chicken and ribs; or herb crusted salmon – and the couple share a table salad, two side orders, and a dessert. In addition, the Hat Tavern offers a take-out menu with online ordering, as well as a Happy Hour with select cocktails, wines and beers at half price from 5 to 7pm.

No matter how you decide to participate in President’s Day at the Hat Tavern, you’ll be supporting the performing arts as you enjoy delicious food and drink. What better way to fill up on charity!

Visit the Hat Tavern online: http://hattavern.com/ (908) 273-7656

NOTE: The SHS troupe will be performing Urinetown in Summit on June 2, in the newly-refurbished high school auditorium. Tickets will be available beginning in mid-May. For more information, visit our website: www.SHSFringe.tk


Photo Caption: Summit High School Performing Art Students will travel to Scotland this August to perform the Tony-Award-winning musical, Urinetown at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.