THE RIVENDELL REVELS
The Lord of the Rings Ball
Saturday, February 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
Road goes ever on and on,
down from the door where it
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
I must follow, if I can!
with eager feet,
until it joins some larger way,
where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Elves, wizards, hobbits, dwarves, and humans alike are welcome at
Lord Elrond's grand ball at Rivendell in our tribute to "The Hobbit"
and "Lord of the Rings" with glorious dance music - some of it
Tolkien-inspired - by Celtic Fusion and Renaissance rock band Avalon Rising.
Dance waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, reels, set dances, and country
dances, and such favourite Middle Earth dances as "The Congress of
Rivendell Waltz," "The Merry Old Inn" (Bilbo's Polka), Gandalf's
Spiral Dance, and "Sir Bard de Coverley." Some of the dances will be
highly choreographed and will be taught and called at the ball, but
others are open to improvisation and creativity. Avalon Rising's
dance music varies from extremely elegant to wildly abandoned and is
If you need a brush-up on your Middle Earth dance style, there will
be a pre-ball dance class at 7:00pm. Formal dancing begins at 8.
Suggested attire is Medieval, Renaissance, Middle-Eastern, or even
Victorian costume (for those of you who favor Hobbit style), and, of
course, fantasy costumes inspired by "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the
Rings" are admired but not required. Modern evening dress is
perfectly acceptable and there is no dress code for the ball. If you
are planning to dance, please do plan to wear shoes or boots that
you can actually dance comfortably in (and that includes Hobbits.
We'd seriously advise against dancing barefoot at such a popular
event!). For everyone's safety, including the wearers, weapons
should, of course, be peace-bonded.
For costume inspiration and as background information for the ball,
we suggest Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings"
trilogy. The actual setting of the ball is Rivendell during Bilbo's
party's first visit in "The Hobbit."
A no-host bar and a light Elvish snack buffet will be served (Our
host would ordinarily offer complimentary drinks but, hearing that
there would be as many as 13 dwarves present at the ball, Lord
Elrond finds it necessary to charge a modest fee for drinks!). Our
host graciously welcomes your potluck contributions to his table.
Even the resources of the Last Homely House, the gifts of our
co-hostess Lady Galadriel, and the magic of Gandalf can be strained
by a well-attended ball!
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