Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Your Special Invitation! May Day Courtyard Feast and Masquerade Ball

You Are Cordially Invited
to a
May Day Courtyard Feast
Masquerade Ball!
Sunday, May 1, 2016
7:00 PM - 11:30PM
Deerpark Lodge on Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina
Please join us for an incredible evening of Frivolity and Fantasy,
Masquerading and Music,
Dining and Dancing.
Whichever your heart desires!
Our magical evening begins in the Deerpark Lodge Courtyard where we will dine under the stars (weather permitting) or in the glass enclosure of the Lodge with a menu especially prepared for us:
The Meal:  May Day Courtyard Feast Menu
Beef Short Ribs, Pumpernikel Gnocchi, Peas, Brown Butter,
Arugula, Warm Carrot Vinaigrette
Strawberry and Parmigiano - Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries,
Shaved Parmigiano, Marcona Almonds, White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Combination Entrée
Seared Salmon, Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Pearl Onions, Porcini Truffle Butter
Chef's Seasonal Selection
Served with Chef's vegetable and starch
Biltmore Blend coffee, iced tea, and bread service
Cash Bar Available during Feast and Ball
The Music:  Spare Parts and Sharon Guli
Following our dining experience, we will gather on the beautiful wood floor of the Lodge and enjoy the delightful music of Spare Parts, brought in especially for us from the northeast.  Spare Parts provided the dance music when the San Diego Vintage Dance Society hosted their Vintage Dance Week in Asheville last spring and we are extremely pleased they will be joining us for our Masquerade Ball!  You can sample the beauty of Spare Parts on their website here:
As fitting for a Masquerade Ball which will feature costumes from many eras, our Instructor and Prompter of Vintage Dance, Sharon Guli from Bellvue, Colorado, will lead you through dances from many eras - from Colonial to Charleston, Regency to Ragtime.  This is a special opportunity for those who love to dance to experience a variety of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century dances.  Sharon has a special gift with her patient yet lively instruction and makes learning the dances easy and incredibly enjoyable.  Our dance evening will include dances from the time of Jane Austen, Queen Victoria, and America's Ragtime era, with a few surprises in store!
Beginners and advanced dancers are all welcome and will find the dance floor transformed, through Sharon's special gift, into a beautiful, magical, and time traveling experience.  No partner or previous experience is necessary, as all of the set dances will be adeptly taught and prompted.  Whether you are an experienced dancer or cannot count the number of left feet you possess, you will be swept up in the transformation!
The Details
Tickets may be purchased for either the May Day Courtyard Feast or the Masquerade Ball or both.
May Day Courtyard Feast 7:00PM to 8:30PM - $108 per person includes taxes and gratuity
Masquerade Ball 8:30PM to 11:00PM (doors closing 11:30PM) -  $85 per person
Tickets are available for you at Brown Paper Tickets here:
Tickets for the Courtyard Feast will only be available until April 1st and are non-refundable but transferrable.
Tickets for the Masquerade Ball will be available until April 15th and are also transferrable.
Tickets are limited but a wait list will be kept in the event a ticket is available for resale.
When purchasing a ticket you will provide your email address.  Prior to the evening you will be provided the secret code which will allow you access into Biltmore Estate and to Deerpark Lodge.
Historically-inspired, pre-1940 Fancy Dress/Masquerade attire encouraged but not required.
Cameras welcome and there will be a photographer available to capture your evening.

The May Day Courtyard Feast and Masquerade Ball are the crown jewel of an entire costume weekend full of fabulous events.  If you are interested in attending the entire weekend, details may be found here:

Looking forward to seeing you, whomever you choose to be for the evening, at the May Day Courtyard Feast and Masquerade Ball!

Your Humble Servant and Coordinator For The Evening,

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