Masquerade ball March 31 continues centuries-old tradition

Published 10:46 am Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The masquerade ball, or “bal masque” has its origins in the 15th century and has survived to this day.  Tryon’s 2012 April Fool’s Festival will continue the tradition on Saturday, March 31.
The fun begins at historic Sunnydale at 7 p.m. with music by The Carburetors. Beverages and barbeque by Fast Eddie’s Fine Swine will be available for purchase. Costumes are optional, but organizers said guessing the identity of other party-goers was half the fun last year. A very convincing Charlie Chaplin and the Maharaja and Maharani of Byrd were among last year’s costume winners. It is rumored that this year’s ball will be attended by a famous “historical couple.” Once again, prizes will be awarded in all sorts of categories.
When asked “Why a bal masque?” festival organizers said, “Everyone, big or small, computer geek or specialist of boutique… has a fool living inside them. And it is very important that at least once a year around April 1 we all let our fools out and celebrate! If we don’t, it is scientifically proven, the fool might come out by itself at a very inappropriate moment.”
Tickets are available at Kathleen’s gallery in Tryon or from any Tryon Downtown Development Association board member.
The 2012 April Fool’s Ball is co-sponsored by Owens Pharmacy and Vines & Stuff.
“Come as you are not!” organizers said.
– article submitted by Linda Byington

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