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You are Cordially Invited to
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7 pm lantern procession, 8 pm Ball
at Salem’s Old Town Hall
32 Derby Square, Salem, MA
Live Music by Spare Parts
The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
Adult $35; Students (with id) $15
$5 surcharge for Tickets
purchased at the door
[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
19th Century Dance Classes:
We are hosting a series of SUnday night classes leading up to Fezziwig’s
Ball, November 4, 11 & 18th. They will all take place at 738 Main Street, Waltham, MA. There is no Cost for these Sessions.
Space is Limited, Advance Reservations are Required. You may
register in advance on-line.
Dance instruction will be by Barbara M. Pugliese.
Admission is $35 for adults and $15 for students (with id).
You can register on-line.
Payment can be made with either a credit card or a check. If you do not wish to
register and pay on-line you can call the number below and reserve a place by phone. Admission may also be paid at-the-door ($5
surcharge per person).
About the Hall and Directions
The ball will take place at the Old Town Hall, a Federal Style Building, 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.
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,
as well as 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 7pm 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 8pm.
Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission.
The evening’s festivities will conclude at 11pm.
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 6pm.
A Few Hints:
Strapless gowns don’t lend themselves to the period style of the evening;
consider adding a shrug or tie 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 & Parking:
There are parking lots in the area, there
is a large parking garage near the Peabody Essex Museum. There is a commuter rail 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