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SF Bay Area costumers guild hosts open house and Venetian Carnivale

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The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild (GBACG) is hosting its annual open house on Jan. 18 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Albany Veterans Memorial Building. This event starts of the costuming season for the group and is a good time to socialize with old friends and make new ones. It also features a fashion show that will highlight costumes for upcoming events in 2014. There will be food, door prizes and a raffle. Members can attend for free, while non-members have to pay a $5 admission fee. If you join or renew your membership online you can avail of the discounted price of $20. The cutoff date to RSVP is Jan. 16.

Whether you are a member or not, you are invited to attend the GBACG’s biggest event of the year three weeks later on Feb. 8 from 6:00 p.m.-midnight at the Hotel Saint Claire in San Jose, Calif. Entitled “Bal Di Carnivale: A Venetian Carnivale Evening,” this lavish affair will re-create 18th century Venice during its famous annual Carnivale celebration. There will, of course, be an Italian dinner as well as performance by acrobats, gambling, dancing and other decadent forms of entertainment. Costumes and masks are required for this elegant evening of revelry. For inspiration on what to wear, there are links to resources about Carnivale masks and 18th century costumes on the event website. Tickets are limited and the deadline for signing up is on Feb. 3.

Copyright 2014, Jean Martin.

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