Caliente 2010: It was hot!

“With a ticket price of $35 it was a great deal for a great time, a great band and a great cause!” said Erik Rollnick, local musician and owner of Ajaja Music Shop, who celebrated his 60th birthday by attending the 2nd Caliente! A Night of Dancing to Benefit Kismet Rock Foundation, presented by Polartec LLC and RovettiDesign on Saturday, October 23rd at Salyards Center for the Arts in Conway, New Hampshire. He was joined by 150 Kismet Rock Foundation supporters at the festive event.

Mountain Top Music Center’s Mike Sakash and Jed Wilson kicked off the night playing live Jazz music. Several Kismet students then spoke of their experiences and memories with the summer program, and Volunteer of the Year awards were presented to Eileen Conway, Sarah Garlick, Bob Ahearn and Phil Liakos.

The Boston-based band Los Sugar Kings were back this year by popular demand, playing a mix of Salsa, merengue and other styles for the remainder of the evening.

The diverse silent auction brought in over $8,000 for Kismet programs.

Many thanks to Caliente! A Night of Salsa Dancing to Benefit Kismet Rock Foundation sponsors, including Presenting sponsors Polartec LLC and Rovetti Design; Gold Level sponsors Appleseed Permaculture, Café Noche, Dr. Tony Iorfino, Nereledge Inn and Sterling Rope Company; and Silver Level sponsors Dutch Bloemen Winkel, Doug Madara, Flatbread Company, Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital, Gamwell Caputo Siek & Co. PLLC, Mineral Springs Café, Mountain Top Music Center, RE/Max Presidential Real Estate – Drummond & Drummond, Sky Ambitions, The Local Grocer, and Whitehorse Gear.

A sampling of wonderful images from Anne Skidmore of Anne Skidmore Photography. (Also check out Anne’s blog post about the event here):

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What would we do without our Caliente! volunteers?

Thank you for making the event possible:

Morgan Beliele

Ruthann Brown

Eileen Conway

Martha Davis

Anna DeMarco

Sasha Eisele

Ariel Fogden

KC Henry

Ashley Link

Madeline Mcelaney

John Patrick

Brian Post

Kyra Salancy

Jessica Soroka

Nickie Sekera

Anne Skidmore

Erin Small

Lauren Synnott

Bob Walstrom

Cynthia Wenger

Brad Wilkinson

Mary Wilkinson

Caliente! donors were incredibly generous in making this event as special as it was. Thank you to:

121 Fitness

6288 Designs

All Things 2 Wheeled

Anna DeMarco

AppleSeed permaculture

Bear Notch Ski Touring

Blue Mountain Massage

Brian Post Photography

Café Noche

Cathedral Mountain Guides

Chauvin Guides

Chris Noonan Oriental Rugs

Courtyard Café

Cranmore Ski Area

David & Jackie Post

Dick Devellian

Doug Madara – La Sportiva, Metolius, & Sterling Rope

Dr. Tony Iorfino

Dutch Bloemen Winkel

Dutch Bloemon Winkel

Eastern Mountain Sports

Flatbread Company

Freddie Wilkinson

Frontside Grind

Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital

Gamwell, Caputo, Siek & Co., PLLC

International Mountain Climbing School/IME

Jackson Art Exploration

Joe Voci

Kris Pastoriza

La Sportiva

Laura Waterman

Los Sugar Kings

Mark Synnott

Matty B’s Mountainside Café


Mineral Springs Café

Minuteman Press

Mount Washington Observatory

Mountain Hardwear & Montrail

Mountain Top Music Center

Mountain Yurt Yoga

MS Sullivan

Nereledge Inn

North Conway Music Shop

North Country Fair Jewelers

Old Village Bakery

Outdoor Research

Peter Lewis


Portland Schooner Company

Portsmouth Music Hall

RE/Max Presidential – Drummond & Drummond

Rebecca Klementovich

Residential Design Inc.

Rhino Guides and Rock Barn


Santa’s Village

Sarah Garlick

Sasha Eisele

Shovel Handle Pub

Silver Moon Mozaics

Sky Ambitions

Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities

Sterling Rope Company

Synnott Mountain Guides

The 1785 Inn

The Green Choice

The Local Grocer

The North Face

The Portland Pirates LLC

The Portland Seadogs

The Yoga Shack

TMC Books

Tuckerman Brewery Company

White Birch Books

White Mountain Cider Company

White Mountains Lodge & Hostel

Whitehorse Gear

Wild Things

The Wilkinsons