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Victorian summer ball and toy and comic book show this weekend

Richard and Judy Pope at the August 2009 Gaskell Ball
Photo by Jean Martin

Two very different events of interest to costumers are coming up this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first is the Gaskell Stately Summer Ball in Oakland on Saturday. The second is the San Jose Super Toy & Comic Book Show on both Saturday and Sunday.

Gaskell Stately Summer Ball
Aug. 16
Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, Calif.

The Gaskell Stately Summer Ball is a formal Victorian ball where costumers can dress up and dance while reliving the elegance of the time period. Suggested costuming for gentlemen include tuxedos, historical formal attire (such as tailcoats and military uniforms) and a modern suit (with a jacket, tie, slacks and a dress shirt). Ladies may wear Victorian ball gowns, evening gowns or any formal dresses. Prom dresses and bridesmaid dresses are also acceptable.

There will be a dance class at 3:30 p.m. for those who are new to Victorian dancing or for those who would like a refresher. There will also be a half-hour evening dance class 15 minutes after the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The ball will begin at 8:30 p.m., with live music provided by the Brassworks Band, and ends at midnight after four sets of dancing. Admission to the ball is $20. The afternoon dance class is $10. The evening class is included with admission to the ball.

San Jose Super Toy & Comic Book Show
Aug. 16 and 17
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, Calif.

While costuming isn't a major feature of the San Jose Super Toy & Comic Book Show, the event may appeal to costumers as it will showcase more than 200 toy, comic book and collectible vendors selling new and vintage items.

There will be a huge variety of offerings including LEGO, dolls, model kits, hot wheels, robots, non-sport trading cards, records, posters and original art. Popular shows will include “GI Joe,” “Godzilla,” “Transformers,” “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and anything by Disney. Special guests scheduled are popular actors Cindy Williams (“American Graffiti”) on Saturday and Sunday and Adrienne Barbeau (“Escape from New York”) on Saturday only.

The event goes from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. If you pay admission for Saturday, you may return for free on Sunday.

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