Oktoberfest is a fun celebration of German music, dance, good cheer, food and drink. What would be even more fun is adding a Steampunk element to the mix. That is what the Period Events and Entertainments Re-creation Society (PEERS) is presenting with their Steampunktoberfest Ball on Oct. 5 at the San Mateo Masonic Hall.
So in addition to traditional German attire, such as dirndls, lederhosen, etc., guests can come in early Victorian evening dress, Victorian Steampunk costumes (which extends to the late 19th century) or a combination of any of the above. However, according to PEERS artistic director Cathleen Myers, “modern evening dress is also perfectly appropriate and costumes are admired, but not required.”
The concept at this year’s Steampunktoberfest Ball is that Prime Minister Lord Palmerston (James Myers) and Lady Palmerston (Cathleen Myers) are hosting a ball in honor of Professor Charles Babbage (Chris Knight), inventor of the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine, and his patroness and “software writer” Ada, Countess of Lovelace (Jen Jerlic).
The band Bangers & Mash will play live dance music with a repertoire consisting of 19th century waltzes, mazurka waltzes, polkas, schottisches, quadrilles and Victorian Steampunk set dances. All set dances will be briefly taught and called. There will be a pre-ball workshop in survival polka (including the Steam-Powered Polka Line Dance), the whirling rotary waltz, and a couple of the fashionable new Victorian set dances in the Steampunk style.
Since this is an Oktoberfest celebration, there will be a no-host (cash) bar offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a light Bavarian-style snack buffet (potluck contributions will be most welcome).
Tickets are $20.00 at the door, which open at 6:45 p.m. The dance lesson is at 7:00 p.m. and the dance begins at 8:00 p.m. If you have any questions or need more information, please call (510) 522-1731 or email email@example.com.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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