A JANE AUSTEN BALL IN BATH
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
Doors Open: 6:45p.m.
Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m.
Dancing Begins: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 at the door
Join us for an elegant assembly ball set in the world of Jane
Austen. Set at the Bath Assembly Rooms and inspired by Jane Austen's
Bath novels, our assembly includes a full evening of Regency
dancing, cards, and a very pleasant light buffet.
Mash, capital in their country dances, will play English
country dances popular in the time of Jane Austen as well as some
earlier country dance classics and a number of exquisite early 19th
century waltzes and waltz country dances. All country dances will be
briefly taught and called.
Don't know a hey for four from an allemande? Never fear! From 7 to
8pm there will be a pre-ball workshop in Regency country dance with
Mr. Alan Winston of the Bay Area English Country Dance Society.
Partners are not required, either for the dance class or the ball
and we will be happy to make introductions.
Early 19th century costume (1800 - 1820) is admired, but not
required, and modern evening dress is a perfectly acceptable
alternative to period costume.
As always at PEERS, role-playing is very welcome. The PEERS Flying
CirCUS performers will be re-creating characters from Persuasion and
Northanger Abbey, but if there is a historical character or a
character from Jane Austen's other novels that you would enjoy
playing, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (to avoid
duplication!). This should be a character who could feasibly be in
Bath in 1814 (so Napoleon is right out!).
Like any proper assembly ball, the Ball at the Crown will include
card tables, and instruction in both Whist and the popular round
game of Speculation will be provided. At intermission there will
also be a splendid musical entertainment with some of our most
distinguished local artists from the Royal English Opera, arranged
by Artistic Director Miss Moira Greyland, with narration by Miss
Anne Elliot. The link to their website is http://royalenglishopera.com/
Punch and a light snack buffet will be served throughout the evening
(as usual, potluck finger food contributions to the kitchen will be
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