Getting Ready for LCoM’s Masquerade Ball- Time to Mask Up!
the Literacy Center of Milford’s
first annual MASQUERADE BALL on October 17th.
If you’ve never been to a masquerade ball, we promise you a magical night of intrigue and entertainment. As with all masquerade balls, you’re required to bring along a mask. That’s been the mandatory dress code down through the centuries for a venue that’s wrapped in mystery, half-truths and lies, and romance.
The velvety shadows of the masquerade ball stretch far back into 13th Century Europe with the Venice Carnival. The most popular mask was a white half-mask (usually worn with a black cloak), which allowed wearers to eat and drink with ease and without having to remove their masks. The masquerade ball as we’ve come to know it today was first promoted by Swiss Count John Heidegger in 18th Century England, and its popularity swept across mainland Europe.
Unlike a Halloween mask that’s meant to scare, the masquerade ball mask has another intention in mind: To conceal who you really are. Your perfect mask might be elegant and fanciful, or historical or mythological in nature. It can sparkle brightly or blend in with the darkness of a true masquerade. But whatever mask you finally settle on, your mask should never reveal your identity.
Hunting Down Your Mask
Here are some shops and links for you and yours to mask up perfectly for this occasion in ‘high-glam’ style – and inexpensively:
If you’re shopping for ball masks locally, you won’t have to travel very far. The Village Vogue Boutique at 163 N. Broad Street on the Village Green in Milford has the perfect array of masks, hats, and, for the ladies, gowns for the occasion. Village Vogue is graciously donating 20% of dresses/gowns purchased for the Ball back to the Literacy Center. So, check out their selection, and ask for proprietor Karen Quinn-Panzer who will guide you through her fine and reasonably priced wares! You can also shop online at www.villagevogueboutique.com .
You might want to drive to Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery at 108 North Main Street in Ivoryton, a village in the town of Essex. Or shop there online at www.hammerededge.com for exotic masks, scarves, and other items.
Also, we encourage you to do a little research online about the history of the masquerade ball in advance of this intriguing night, and get into the spirit. Here are some interesting links worth exploring:
make a reservation for a night to remember on October 17th.
However you decide to greet us at the door at Azzurra Restaurant in Milford, we want you to be there for the great cause of literacy!