Ready for the ball
Home-schooled teens don’t always have the same social opportunities as their mainstream peers but they do get to go to the ball.
Palmerston North Youth Space will play host to the Fire and Ice Ball for 13 to 19-year-olds on October 1.
Youth Space librarian Alan Dingley said team member Tara Black came up with the idea of a social event for home-schooled and alt.ed kids to mark the fifth anniversary of the Coleman Pl youth centre.
‘‘It’s a full formal masked ball with ball gowns and suits, mocktails and hors d’oeuvres,’’ Dingley said.
Inspired by the ball gown and suit drive idea from Patea Area School, Youth Space has put out the call for donations of formal clothing so ball-goers can look the part without the expense.
‘‘We want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend, and for them to look as glam as possible,’’ Dingley said.
‘‘So far we’ve had donations of 40 gowns, cocktail dresses and evening wear, with clutches, high heels and earrings. It’s pretty cool. People are really awesome.’’
Youth Space will be holding a ‘‘shopping day’’ so ticket holders can find suitably sized and styled clothing.
Garments that are cleaned afterwards and returned could be used for future formal events - a bit like a ball gown library, Dingley said.
The Youth Space ball ‘‘magic’’ doesn’t stop there. Other members of the extended city library team have joined the preparations by bringing along their sewing machines.
‘‘There have been sewing bees to make full-drop ceiling to floor curtains because it’ll be daylight saving. They’ve really got in behind this, slaving over hot Berninas. They’re making an incredible effort. It’s unlike any- thing I’ve seen before.’’
Dingley hoped that young people would take up the masquerade idea.
The library’s 3D printers have been creating miniature masks.
With the help of volunteers, Neil Wallace of Passionart has constructed a large paper mache´ mask to decorate the back wall of the venue, and will be supervising mask-making workshops for ballgoers.
Ball numbers are limited to 100, with preferential tickets to regular Youth Space visitors, but will be offered on general sale for $10.
Regulus Van Helsing and Caitlin KirkwoodWoollams check out donated ball wear at Youth Space.