Bal Masque 2005 - Separated at Birth
Van Gogh was the Judges' Favourite winner at the Bal Masque on Friday evening! Actually, Bill Mabius portraying Vincent Van Gogh received the top award at the Art Association of Harrisburg Bal Masque, with "Separated at Birth: Shared Birthdays" as the theme of the gala Beaux Arts Bal at the Hilton Harrisburg. Sponsored by PSECU, The Bal Masque is the Art Association's major fundraiser, generating monies for AAH children's art classes and adult exhibition programs. Clear Channel was the Bal's Media Sponsor, and PHEAA, the Printing Sponsor.
David Morrison received the dubious honour of the judges giving him the award for "Best Old Guy Playing a Young Guy Playing an Old Guy"! (He was portraying Leonardo DiCaprio, who shares his birthday, in his role of Howard Hughes.) The judges gave a "Boobie Prize" to Denise Seiders in her Daryl Hannah mermaid costume, complete with shell brassiere!
In the Singles Category, the judges awarded "Most Outrageous" to The Queen of Hearts, played by Sue Wilbur. Cathy Mabius as the English Queen Mary of Teck, wife of George V, received "Best Theme Interpretation." Brian Wilbur portraying the Marquis DeLafayette also received "Best Theme Interpretation." "Most Comical" went to noneother than S. Geoffrey McDowell who took on the personae of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, resplendent in long curly red wig, ripped jeans, and old guitar.
In Couples, "Most Outrageous" were Phil Wenger, born on December 25, as Jesus, with his friend Ben Dunlap portraying Joseph Smith (with his 26 wives symbolized by 26 Victorian dolls in a basket!) "Best Theme Interpretation" were Kay and Tom McKee as General and Mrs. Sherman, he in Union Army regalia and she in a vibrant gold satin hoop-skirted gown. "Most Comical" were Amy and Galen Gish as Dr. Phil and Madonna.
In the Group Category, "Best Theme Interpretation" was awarded to The BeeGees and Their Groupies, aka Kim Dawson, Victoria Zellers, Tiffany Tinsman, Shara Russo, Tena Brown, and Beth Berdofe White of Citizens Bank. "Most Comical" were "We Three Queens" represented by Tonye Donn, Amy Boldosser, and Cindy Boldosser.
Costume judges were Charles Schulz, Peggy Grove, Barbara Skelly, Stuart Weiser, and George West.
The Bal attracted a wide variety of attendees...besides the above-mentioned celebrities, also present were Queen Marie Antoinette of France, King Louis XIV of France, Liberace, Clark Gable, Jack Dempsey, Peggy Lee, Rudolph Nuryev, Carrie Nation,Jerry Hall,Frank Sinatra, Ferdinand and Cerynice Waldmuller, and Miss America Mary Ann Mobley. Although the majority of the almost 200 attendees were in costume, representing the famous figures who shared their birthdays, other guests enjoyed the evening's festivities in black tie and gowns. Dancing was to the music of the popular Impact Band.
Raffle prizes, provided by the Hilton, Hotel Hershey, and local artist Erna Tunno, were won by Bill Reidlinger, Bill Tauriello, and R. Brian Wilbur.
Although the theme for the 2006 Bal Masque has not yet been determined, the date has been set: Saturday, January 29, at the Hilton Harrisburg. Mark your calendars now so that you don't miss out on the most creatively crazed gala in Harrisburg! Call 717-236-1432 for more information.
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