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Fezziwig's Ball


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You are Cordially Invited to
Fezziwig’s Ball

Saturday, December 12, 2015
6 pm lantern procession, 7 pm ball
(please note earlier start time)
at Salem’s Old Town Hall
32 Derby Square, Salem, MA
Live Music by Spare Parts
Sponsored by
The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
Registration is now open!
Adults $35; Students (with ID) $25
Buy Tickets!
$5 surcharge for tickets
purchased after December 11 or at the door (if space is available)



Fezziwig dance

[T]he fiddler ... struck up "Sir Roger de Coverley." Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs. Fezziwig. Top couple, too; with a good stiff piece of work cut out for them; three or four and twenty pair of partners; people who were not to be trifled with; people who would dance, and had no notion of walking.

- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Purchasing Tickets:
Registration will open soon

About the Hall and Directions:
The ball will take place at the Old Town Hall, a Federal-style building which is the earliest surviving municipal structure in Salem, MA, dating from 1816-17. The second floor of the building, the Great Hall, has always been used as a public hall. Directions to the hall can be found here.

Ballroom Scene at Fezziwig's 2010

Dancing at Fezziwig’s Ball:
Much of the program will consist of set dances which will be taught during the evening by Barbara Pugliese. These will include such Victorian favorites as Pop Goes the Weasel and The Gothic Dance; other easy contradances and simple quadrilles; and Sir Roger de Coverly, an English version of the Virginia Reel. Interspersed with these will be elegant couple dances such as the waltz and polka.

Schedule of Events:
The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a caroling procession through the streets of historic Salem. We will welcome you back to the hall with steaming cups of spiced cider.
We will then have time available for people to change out of their snowboots and into their dancing slippers. Dancing will commence at 7:00 pm. Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission. The evening’s festivities will conclude at 10:00 pm.

Modern evening dress or costume from the lifetime of Dickens (1812-1870) is requested.
Visit the costume timeline page for inspiration. More detailed information on period costuming is available in our costuming library.
Changing space is extremely limited. We suggest you arrive in your costume if possible; a very small changing room will be available for last-minute adjustments. The hall will open at 5:00 pm.
A Few Hints:
Strapless gowns don’t lend themselves to the period style of the evening; consider adding a shrug or tying a shawl over your shoulders. Ballet slippers or low-heeled shoes are recommended for ladies; for gentlemen we suggest comfortable shoes with leather soles.

Train Service and Parking:
There are parking lots in the area; there is a large parking garage near the Peabody Essex Museum. There is Commuter Rail service from Boston’s North Station to Salem. Check the MBTA website for the most current train schedule. For parking consult the City of Salem website.

P.O. Box 9, Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
phone: (617) 819-4283