[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 . 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 ) but you don’t have to stay home if you can’t think of anything, everyone is welcome.
Located in Eliot Hall at the , 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 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.