Saturday, March 3, 2018
Alameda Elks Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m.
Dancing Begins: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 in advance (by February 24)
At the door: $25.00
Live Music by The Brassworks

Advance tickets may be ordered by sending a check or money order to:

2144 B Buena Vista Ave
Alameda CA 94501

You may also purchase tickets until February 24 with a credit card using the PayPal system:

It's the year of her Majesty Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60th year on the British throne. A series of fabulous parties, parades, and balls were presented in 1897, but the most spectacular event of all was the Duchess of Devonshire's costume ball. 

Everyone who was anyone was there - or so it seemed! 

Now here's your chance to attend a grand Victorian costume ball in the style of the glamorous Duchess' event: Suggested attire is Victorian "Fancy Dress" (as they used to call costume balls) - either historical, literary, or fantasy - or late Victorian or modern evening dress.  Costumes are, as usual, admired but not required, and your "fancy dress" costume does not have to be historically accurate.

While some of the costumes at the Duchess' ball were meticulously accurate copies made from historical portraits, others were pure fantasy. Most Victorian ball guests at an event like this one were more concerned with style and razzle dazzle than historical accuracy. Your creativity is appreciated, and modern evening dress is also a fine substitute for period costume or fancy dress. 

There will be a Victorian dance lesson at 7 pm, followed by formal Victorian dancing from 8pm to midnight. The Brassworks, celebrated for their brilliant arrangements of light classical and popular dance music of the 19th century, plays an evening of late Victorian waltzes, polkas, schottisches, mazurka waltzes, mixers, and set dances, including the Lancers Quadrille, and such Neo-Victorian favorites as "The Congress of Vienna Waltz" and "The Bohemian National Polka." No partners required, and all set dances will be taught and called at the ball.

There will be a light snack buffet (your potluck contributions will be most welcome) and an excellent no host bar.


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