Merci D'Avance Dance is Saturday, March 29th!

Defy the last of winter doldrums! Bring a friend or two to the 14TH annual MERCI D’AVANCE DANCE (THANKS IN ADVANCE DANCE) dedicated to the advancement of economic stability through art in the village of Matènwa, Haiti. 

Saturday, March 29 7-11:30 pm
Wellfleet Preservation Hall

For almost 17 years, ART/MATENWA, a grassroots group of Cape artists, teachers, community volunteers and Nauset High School students, supported only by local donations, have made the challenging trip to this remote part of Haiti. 

ART/MATENWA joins forces with women in the Matènwa community to lift their families away from the worst of rural poverty by honing their artisan skills and selling their unique work. 

The MERCI D’AVANCE DANCE has become a much-loved winter tradition all across the lower Cape.

This year’s party features a live performance by the cutting-edge comedian and social commentator JIMMY TINGLE!   


DAN WOLF as quest speaker.

Besides light fare and a cash bar there will be:

  • the benefit’s first edible silent auction featuring gift certificates donated by some of Cape Cod’s best restaurants,
  • A display of original artwork and hand-painted silk scarves by the women artists of Matènwa for sale,
  • A fresh, raw bar by The Wellfleet Bay Oyster Company,
  • Seth Rolbein, former editor of the Cape Cod Voice and now Senator Wolf’s senior advisor will preside over a short but lively live auction.
  • and plenty of music. 

We encourage everyone to come, bring your friends, defy the winter, give from the heart and keep this Cape Cod/Haiti connection going!

The MERCI D”AVANCE DANCE will take place Saturday, March 29 7-11:30 pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., in Wellfleet.  

$20 at the door.

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Merci D'Avance Dance March 29th