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Crosston Dance Ball (Los Gatos, CA)

Saturday February 9th, 2013 to Sunday February 10th, 2013


Crosston Dance BallShire of Crosston
Dancers, musicians, & merry-makers of the Shire of Crosston invite you to bid farewell to flesh and celebrate Carnevale. We will dance from day through the candlelit evening, with pauses for refreshment and singing, and you are encouraged to don a mask to add to the mystery. In 1463, the Venetian mask-maker’s guild was established, and by the 16th century, masks were were so popular that they were worn for Carnevale from December 26 until Lent. Masks were also worn during the festival of Ascension, to commemorate the marriage of Venice to the sea. That mask-wearing period began 30 days after Easter and lasted until June. So about half the year could be spent masked!  
Between dance classes & the masked ball, we will sit for a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share if you wish to partake. Period food is encouraged, but period-esque and not-totally-modern food is perfectly fine. If your name starts with A-F, bring a fruit dish. Names G-L, bring a main dish. Names M-R, bring a vegetable side dish. Names S-Z, bring a dessert, bread, or cheeses. Remember to bring your own serving dishes & utensils. Slow-cookers are okay, but please don't plan to cook food on-site.  There are local restaurants and shops as well.  
Site Information: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Parking is limited, so please prepare to unload, repark and walk. There is a large ladies' changing room. There is no site fee, but donations are gratefully appreciated.  
Event Schedule: Dance lessons from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m., dinner potluck from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., dance ball 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Site open: 1:00 p.m. for setup, and anyone present after 10:15 p.m. is presumed to be on the cleanup crew.  
Autocrat: Violet Ruthvene