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Fairy tale and Art Deco costume balls in the SF Bay Area this month

Fairy tale and Art Deco costume balls in the SF Bay Area this month
Fairy tale photo by Jean Martin and Art Deco Preservation Ball poster courtesy of the Art Deco Society

The Period Events and Entertainments Re-creation Society (PEERS) will be holding a fairy tale ball on May 3 in San Mateo, while the Art Deco Society of California (ADSC) will be doing its annual Art Deco Preservation Ball on May 10 in San Francisco.

Once Upon a Time: A Fairy Tale Masquerade Ball
May 3
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
100 North Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo, Calif.

This PEERS ball is set in Storybrooke, Maine, and is inspired by the TV series “Once Upon a Time.” The citizens of Storybrooke are all fairy tale characters transported into the modern world and with modern identities.

Thus, the dress code is going to be a mixture of contemporary, historical and fantasy. Fairy tale and period costumes are admired, but not required. Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Regency and Victorian are all acceptable. Disney costumes and Steampunk attire are more than welcome. Masques are optional. Weapons must be peace-bonded and wings shouldn’t be too large as they can be dangerous, especially on the dance floor.

Bangers & Mash will be performing live music, which will include English country dances and quadrilles from the 17th and 18th centuries and vintage ballroom dances from the Victorian era such as waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, schottisches and reels. There will be a pre-ball dance lesson at 7:00 p.m. All set dances will be taught and called. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20.00 each.

Art Deco Preservation Ball
May 10
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Bimbo’s 365 Club
1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, Calif.

The ADSC is hosting its 30th annual Art Deco Preservation Ball, which also coincides with the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair. There will be dancing to Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and various entertainments including a performance by the DecoBelles. There will be a silent auction benefiting the Art Deco Preservation Fund as well as the presentation of the 2014 Art Deco Preservation Awards.

Costume guidelines include white tie, black tie and formal attire of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The event web site has information on where to buy the perfect ensemble and accessories. The list includes deco shows and vintage clothes shops as well as costume, hat and fabric stores. Department store outlets, thrift shops, eBay and Etsy are also good sources of appropriate costumes.

Tickets are available online at: http://www.artdecopreservationball.com/tickets/. There are different ticket prices for members and non-members and tables can be reserved at an additional charge.