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For­mal ball for Plun­ket plus ball­room danc­ing re­fresher. See P15

Time for all to have a ball – a gen­uine old-school for­mal ball­go­wns tux ’n tails event. A ball where there are monte car­los and max­i­nas, two-steps and fox­trots, gay gor­dons and snow­balls. Then to the 50s and 60s with the twist, pos­si­bly the pony, the mashed potato, or even the wa­tusi. And dance cards.

Welcome to the Blended Blue Ball at the Ma­sonic Lodge in Church St in aid of Plun­ket. Dance cards? At for­mal balls in days of yore, the dances would be pro­grammed, and the ladies would book their dance part­ners for each num­ber in ad­vance on their copy of this pro­gramme.

The dances, the style and the quaint cus­toms of yes­ter­year prom­ise to make the Blended Blue Ball on Satur­day Au­gust 8 the grand so­cial event of the sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Plun­ket’s Kylie Gibbard.

‘‘It’s some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. Plun­ket used to have large fundrais­ing balls back in the 60s. This is about bring­ing the idea back. The lo­ca­tion and at­mos­phere in the Ma­sonic Lodge is just won­der­ful.’’

The $65 tick­ets in­clude supper and re­fresh­ment passes, cof­fee and cake. Mu­sic is be­ing pro­vided by Elec­tric Blue, a band put to­gether by Peter and Brent Tanoa. Event co-or­gan­iser Kathy Jar­rett says a blue theme is planned that could range from The Blue Danube Waltz to Blue Bayou, Blue­berry Hill to Mr Blue Sky, Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk to Rhap­sody in Blue, Blue Lady to Blue Smoke, and there’s bound to be a pair of Blue Suede Shoes in the mix some­where.

For those with sev­eral left feet or who feel in­tim­i­dated by the raz­zle-daz­zle of Danc­ing With the Stars, Kathy says there’s a $10 a head 90-minute ball­room re­fresher for tick­ethold­ers at 2pm in the Cen­tral Nor­mal School Hall in Feather­ston St this Satur­day at 2pm.

‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to turn rusty toes into twin­kle toes.’’

Time then to titi­vate the ‘do, break out the glad-rags, spit­pol­ish the shoes, loosen the cum­mer­bund and dust off the tiara,

‘‘Ab­so­lutely, it’s a bit posh,’’ Kathy says. ‘‘A bit posh and a lot of fun.’’

Tick­ets to Plun­ket’s splen­did Blended Blue Ball at Lodge Kil­win­ning in Church St are avail­able on Eventfinda.


Ball belle He­len Baucke with dance part­ner Dou­glas Jar­rett pre­pare to trip the light fan­tas­tic at the Blended Blue Ball in sup­port of Plun­ket.

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