Posted on 11/14/2009
An exciting year of 250th festivities is wrapping up on December 5th with Amherst’s 250th Gala Celebration, a black tie optional affair, being held at the UMass Campus Center Auditorium. Community members are heartily encouraged to “Dine and Dance through the Decades!”
Dubbed “the party of the century,” this event will feature a cocktail reception; an outstanding dinner; and dancing to musical hits from the 1920s through the present.
The extremely popular Paris Band will play from the event’s 6pm start through 10pm. Paris specializes in playing the biggest hits from the 1940s through today. John Benedict, musicologist DJ, will then thru 1 a.m. spin more greatest hits from the past century.
Gala attendees will dance to everything from the Charleston to the Twist to the Hustle and beyond! “It should be a really fun evening no matter what your musical taste,” says Gala co-chair, Cinda Jones. “A mother-daughter dance duo from UMass has agreed to demonstrate some great old classic dances like the Charleston and the Lindy Hop!” “This is an evening to gather your friends and demonstrate some old classics like the hustle and the robot” retorted Maureen Raab, event Chair.
Tickets are for sale at Hastings, Leisure Services (at the Bangs Center) and online at www.amherst250.org. Individual tickets cost $50 until Nov. 25; Nov. 26 and later tickets are $60. Tables for 8 and 10 people may be reserved.
Tickets are selling out fast, and the seat count is due before Thanksgiving, so those desiring to attend are urged to reserve their tickets soon.