Betty O’Neill-Roderick

Crystal chandeliers swayed in the breeze atop the Canton Cultural Center on Saturday evening for the second gARTen of eARThly Delights.

Doug Argabright and his staff of Event Lighting magically transformed the roof of the Cultural Center into an exotic paradise for the event, which drew 400 guests.

In the center, Chad Hockenberry and Barthel’s Garden Center provided a lagoon, complete with mermaids for guests’ photos, as exotic entertainment and dancing took place throughout the evening.

Lindsay Zimmerman and Jodi Luntz co-chaired the exciting evening, which featured fine cuisine from 14 area restaurants, raffles, entertainment and an art auction. Courtney Cable, Scott Kunkel and Linda Woit welcomed guests, while Linda Arrowsmith was assisted by Kaleigh Paige as she handled the art auction of works by area artists.

Snake charmer Lita Rabbit introduced her two pythons, Sookie and Maggie, to the guests. Rabbit, who toured with a circus with 3-year-old Sookie, encouraged guests to pet the snake.

Gary Mull was amazed when his wife, Olivia, did pet Sookie.

“She’s scared to death of snakes,” he said.

Brian Zimmerman took photos of Sookie trying to give his wife, Lindsay, a kiss.