Guests didn’t want to be late for the 56th Annual Bal Masque , held Saturday, January 26, 2019. White rabbits, tea parties, and colorful costumes encouraged guests to journey “Down the Rabbit Hole” to a wild and quirky take on Wonderland. The whimsical set of vibrant, overgrown mushrooms, gigantic flowers and colorful hats transported the participants to a mystical garden party that was truly beyond this world. Garret Coliseum served as the venue and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel White, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Stewart, Mr. Brandon Smirnoff and Ms Kayla Denham, Mr. and Mrs. Beverly Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Andrea Murray, Mr. Robert Pelt and Ms. Jill Green served as the elegant Floor and Reception Committee greeting the arriving guests as they wandered into a magical garden over a wooden bridge adorned with white flowers and greenery.

Beautiful masked members clad in flamingo headdresses kicked off the tableau. The mad hatter (a dead ringer for Johnny Depp) served as mistress of ceremony. The mad hatter wandered among the members as they danced in search of a missing queen. Dancers in lime green and turquoise tunics and funky pants started the search while dancing to Party Rock and Rolex. Next, dancers in sequence jackets and funky accessories did a turn to Cheap Trick and Boom Boom Pow. The final dance group dressed in bright tunics and striped socks beckoned guests to “Follow me Down”.

Following the exciting entertainment by the masked members, the tableau concluded with the presentation of the 2019 Queen of Bal Masque, she was “found” sitting among the mushrooms on a royal throne. She was dressed in an a-line ball gown with a sweet heart neckline, adorned with crystals and pearls in a spectacular shade of teal green. The Queen looked right at home in Wonderland. Following the first dance, guests were invited to dance the night away with Fly By Radio.