Mas­quer­ade Ball fills the dance floor

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Manakau Hall was trans­formed by an­tiques, the sound of jazz, and danc­ing feet, for In Vogue in the Vil­lage on Satur­day night. The sec­ond an­nual event, it brought to­gether 90 peo­ple from across the Horowhenua and be­yond, who daz­zled in mas­quer­ade.

Noted by one at­tendee last year to be the classi­est event they had been to in the Horowhenua, its re­turn was no dif­fer­ent. With a Mas­quer­ade Ball theme, there were a unique range of masks on show for the event, with some even dress­ing in pe­riod cos­tume.

The An­drew Lon­don Trio, of Otaki, de­lighted with their playlist of jazz, swing and cov­ers, which had the dance floor full for each set. The moves that had been prac­tised at the danc­ing classes in the lead up, led by Manakau lo­cal Nina Grat­tan, were show­cased on the dance floor.

Or­gan­iser Kristy McGre­gor said the event was a huge suc­cess, as in­di­cated by the en­thu­si­asm for the danc­ing.

“But im­por­tantly it was fab­u­lous to see peo­ple talk­ing and laugh­ing, both amongst old and new found friends — and neigh­bours. We had a great turnout from a few of the ru­ral roads around Manakau, in­clud­ing Waitohu Val­ley Rd and Takapu Rd.

“When at­ten­dees weren’t danc­ing they were in the lounge and din­ing area, where we had cre­ated a scene from a glam­orous home­stead of an­other era. Plants bor­rowed by The Green­ery, and an­tique fur­ni­ture, framed works and col­lec­tions from the Levin Lit­tle The­atre — along with a raid of my own and fam­i­lies col­lec­tions — trans­formed the hall from an empty vil­lage hall.”

With a cock­tail on ar­rival — the cock­tail menu fea­tur­ing Manakau Mystique and Veiled Vogue — the bar run by the Manakau Bowl­ing and Sports Club, drinks were en­joyed with fine din­ing canapes.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion bring­ing to­gether four com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing the Manakau School, Manakau District Com­mu­nity As­so­ca­tion, Manakau United Foot­ball Club and the Bowl­ing Club, In Vogue in the Vil­lage raised funds and breathed spirit into the com­mu­nity.

For Kim­bal McHugo, pres­i­dent of the Manakau District Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, it was “ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to see the com­mu­nity hall come to life and be used in the way that the fundrais­ers, builders and res­i­dents of Manakau Vil­lage had in­tended”.

The Manakau School was like­wise de­lighted to be part of stag­ing the event. Prin­ci­pal Deb Lo­gan said, “it was fab­u­lous to be part of some­thing that brought so many groups in the Manakau com­mu­nity to­gether. The com­mu­nity hall was the per­fect venue, and see­ing some of our par­ents in their mas­quer­ade en­sem­bles showed they were keen to sup­port an event with a touch of class. We are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the next Vogue in the Vil­lage event.”

Or­gan­is­ers are open to sug­ges­tions for next year’s lo­ca­tion.

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Manakau School prin­ci­pal Deb Lo­gan and Manakau res­i­dent Maeve Read all dressed up for the evening.

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David and Robyn Keel­ing, of Manakau, dressed up for a night of danc­ing.

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