Flashback FRIDAY: Bal Masque Reminiscing

Guests of 2014 Bal Masqué enjoy the photo booth.

Guests of 2014 Bal Masqué enjoy the photo booth.

If you were at Bal Masqué last year, you already know. The night is like none other. Trying to pick out the highlight of the night is nearly impossible! Was it the masks, gorgeous gowns, dapper suits, incredible food or breathtaking performances? We can’t decide. If you need a refresher on your favorite part, check out a gallery of images here.

We’re so close to this year’s Bal Masqué: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil that we can almost taste the shrimp and grits! On October 3rd, you can expect a few wonderful things. Lucky for you, we believe in sneak peeks!

Food
With a theme like Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, you can’t serve just anything. Only authentic, creative Southern food will do. A generous helping of classics (shrimp & grits, chicken & waffle sliders – and of course, you can’t throw an authentic Southern gathering without pimiento cheese) will be represented on the plate with creative offerings from Fete Catering. If you enjoyed the food last year, prepare yourself for an unforgettable culinary experience this year.

Savory southern bites are planned for the 2015 Bal Masuqé gala by Fete Catering. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Savory southern bites are planned for the 2015 Bal Masuqé gala by Fete Catering. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Libations
An event bar should have a little something special for everyone. A selection of wines, imported and local beers along with craft cocktails are planned for the evening. Recipes are in the works using fresh ingredients from Morton’s Market, Siesta Key Rum and Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka. Party tip: Bal Masqué boasts multiple bars! One in the courtyard and a designated service station on every floor, there’s no need to wait in line. Grab your friends and make your way upstairs and settle in for fantastic flavors until the performance begins.

Guests enjoy the Cool Today bar at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Guests enjoy the Cool Today bar at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Performance
We don’t think that performances should be limited to the main stage. In the spirit of a full evening of enchantment, musical acts will span the three floors of the Opera House and courtyard. When the curtain lifts in the auditorium at ten o’clock, mesmerizing acts from jaw-dropping aerialist routines to inspired dramatic dances round off the evening’s amusement.

Dancers and musicians took center stage at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Dancers and musicians took center stage at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

 Helping a Great Cause
A portion of ticket sales benefit a local charitable organization of the purchaser’s choosing. As you plan your evening, know that your attendance directly supports critical missions within the community. This year, SRQ Media is proud to promote the nine worthy organizations:

Historic Venue
Take a step back in time to the grandeur of the 1920s at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Transformed into a stunning garden for the evening of Bal Masqué, the theater, grand foyer and mezzanines are a stunning display of glamour.

The historic Sarasota Opera House serves as the venue for the annual Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Blake Spurlin

The historic Sarasota Opera House serves as the venue for the annual Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Blake Spurlin

Masquerade
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the element of mystery and excitement of this year’s Bal Masqué – the mask. Intricate, show-stopping, feathered, adorned with dazzling jewels and shimmering sequins…we can’t get enough! Reserved for special occasions, donning a mask adds an element of fanfare and interest into this signature gala.

Anthony Vento (center) wears a mask from his store in downtown Sarasota, i tesori. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Anthony Vento (center) wears a mask from his store in downtown Sarasota, i tesori. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Tickets are on sale now at SRQBALMASQUE.COM and limited Harlequin Club VIP opportunities are available (click here for details).

See you in the garden!

The SRQ Team

 

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