Don’t you just love the word “masquerade?” According to Merriam-Webster:
a : a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes
b : a costume for wear at such a gathering
2: an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show
Origin of MASQUERADE: Middle French, from Old Italian dialect mascarada, from Old Italian maschera mask; first known use: 1587
What a rich history, and what a colorful word!
Here at the Adams County Arts Council, the annual Masquerade Party has become a tradition–14 years strong, this year, and it never fails to be a colorful event that features many colorful characters.
Be sure to join us for the 14th Annual CenturyLink Masquerade Party this year, set for October 24. “Alice in Disco Wonderland” is the theme, featuring live music by the Colgan-Hirsh Band with the Slammin’ Horms. Costume or formal wear/mask is requested. Held at the elegant Gettysburg Hotel, 1 Lincoln Square, this event is one of the arts council’s major annual fundraisers. Secure a dinner/party combo ticket (7 pm) or party-only ticket (8 pm) through this link. (Hint: make sure your computer or phone volume is up, when you click on the link.)
There are some fantastic possibilities for this year’s costumes! To give everyone a helping hand, here are some “mad” brainstorming ideas along the Alice in Wonderland, as well as the Disco, themes:
- Alice (of course!)
- The White Rabbit
- Tea party
- The Mad Hatter
- Queen of Hearts
- Cheshire Cat
- 1970s Disco era
- Saturday Night Fever
- The Village People
- KC & the Sunshine Band
And for a fun trip down memory lane, let’s rewind the clock to 2010. I turned to fellow ACAC Marketing Committee member Nanette Hatzes, who snapped dozens of pics at the 10th Annual event, which featured a fun Hollywood theme. Enjoy some of her highlights!