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The area's most creative fundraiser: The Odd Ball

Our odd way of using the invite to The Odd Ball.
Our odd way of using the invite to The Odd Ball.
Tracy Wu

Red inflated beach balls arrived at homes and businesses all over the area last month via U.S. Mail. On each one was imprinted: "The Odd Ball, April 10, 2010,". The area's most creative fundraiser, The Odd Ball is Real Art Ways' costume party event where attendees are encouraged to get dolled up in their most creative and wackiest. The event is centered around surprises and twists and activities that you won't find at your run-of-the-mill fundraisers.

Located on Arbor Street in Hartford, Real Art Ways is a multidisciplinary arts organization that presents and supports contemporary artists and their work. Via exhibits, a movie theater, performances and more, Real Art Ways engages and educates our community and gives artists a way to share their talents in a way that accessible to all.

This is the second year of The Odd Ball and this year's event features underground graffiti, a "twisted buffet", a hookah tent and a costume parade. But those are only a few of things that are going on--the rest, they promise, will be a surprise. There promises to be something to stimulate all the senses from music, to innovative food, to visual art displays, to what they refer to as "immersive experiences".

This is certainly the creative community's day to shine--and an opportunity for the less creative to comfortably be a part of it all, and let loose!

Tickets are a wonderfully affordable $45 until 5pm on April 9th which includes a cash bar. Tickets including Open Bar are $100--which also wins you the title of a VOP (Very Odd Person). At the door, tickets are $55 and $110. Tickets can be purchased online via Paypal.

Sponsors of this event include Aetna, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Essex Steam Train & River Boat, and Charney Architects. The media sponsor is the Hartford Advocate.

Learn more about Real Art Ways and its mission.


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