[Editor's note: Welcome to the first edition of Mary Hannon's new column, "Sparking." Mary, a longtime JP resident, has been writing about ways couples with children can take a "Great Escape" from the kids. But we've expanded the column to include all couples. Enjoy!]
If you are looking for a night of mystery and need to experience another view of your date, you have an opportunity to get dressed up in costume (surprise each other!) and head to a Masquerade Ball, here in JP.
On Saturday night, Oct. 15 (from 8pm-12am) we have the 9th annual JP Centre South Main Streets Board’s “Artists' Ball” fundraiser. It’s one of my favorite events and I’ve gone every year.
This is a great opportunity to really surprise your date with a costume and show another side of yourself. It is masquerade ball so you can make it an elegant event and wear your party duds, or become a character you’ve always wanted to be either way it's a great time to be mysterious.
There was one year when no one knew who I was, and even my husband kept saying… I feel like I’m on a date with a woman I just met.
There are all types of costumes and many who just dress up and wear a mask (you can buy one at Boing!) but you don’t have to stay home if you can’t think of anything, everyone is welcome.
Located in Eliot Hall at the Footlight Club, tickets for the fundraiser are 2 for $35. This year for the second time there is a hip-shaking local seven-piece band, Hipsocket, keeping the dance floor hopping. So, no matter your costume, think dance shoes.
There will be a nice spread of local food-- including donations from Canary Square and a cash bar (drinks are $5,6,7) with beer donations from Sam Adams Brewery. This has become a JP tradition and it might just become one of your traditions in October.
This is a wonderful night of festivities with a silent auction that include: art, jewelry and gift certificates. You may just find a real bargain for a gift for your special someone. A full night of mystery and dancing will definitely spark your flame and get your love life spinning...
(All proceeds fund Jamaica Plain’s Main Streets programs and are tax deductible. )
Mary Hannon is the Vice-President of JP Centre South Main Streets Board and co-chair for the Artist Ball.