SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

The Hogwarts Reunion Ball

Saturday, February 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Alameda Elks Lodge #1015
2255 Santa Clara Ave,
Alameda, California 94501

Students, Faculty, Trustees, and Alumni of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fans of enchanting vintage ballroom dancing: The pleasure of your company is requested at the Hogwarts Reunion Grand Ball (I believe our American colleagues would call this a "Homecoming Dance"!). Our location is the Alameda Elks Lodge, whose grand Edwardian ballroom is a worthy stand-in for Hogwarts' Great Hall.

Avalon Rising plays truly magical vintage ballroom dance music and (for our students) some of their celebrated Celtic fusion rock. They'll also play such traditional Neo-Victorian favorites as the Congress of Vienna Waltz, the Bohemian National Polka, and the Harry Potter Waltz and a variety of set dances and mixers (which will be taught and called at the ball).

Neither dance experience nor partners are required. For those wanting a brush-up, we will hold a pre-ball dance class at 7pm. Formal dancing follows from 8pm to midnight, and – we suspect -there will be some magical adventures along the way.

The ball is set five years after the events of the final "Harry Potter" novel (excluding the epilogue). Suggested costume: 19th, 20th, or 21st century costume in your Hogwarts school colors; fantasy costume in your school colors; or modern evening dress (Black or white tie optional). Traditional academic wizard's robes and costumes inspired by the Harry Potter films are also welcome. And remember: Basic Black is always in style!

For non-Harry Potter fans, here are the house colors. Please note that these are admired but not required (Hint: You may use one color as the basis of your costume and the other for accessories!):

Gryffindor : Scarlet and gold
Ravenclaw : Blue and bronze
Hufflepuff : Yellow and black
Slytherin : Green and silver

The event also features an excellent no-host bar, serving both alcoholic and soft drinks; and an elegant parlor for conversation, refreshments, and photo opportunities. While we can't offer you the lavish cuisine of the original Hogwarts, we will have a light snack buffet set up in the parlor and your finger-food potluck contributions to the buffet will be very welcome.

Cost: $25

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