The theme of the Ball will be a “Venetian Masquerade”
Masquerade balls were a feature of the Carnival season in the 15th century.
Masquerade balls were extended into costumed public festivities in Italy during the 16th century. They have been associated with the tradition of the Venetian Carnival. With the fall of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 18th century, the use and tradition of masks gradually began to decline, until they disappeared altogether.
John James Heidegger, a Swiss count who arrived in Italy in 1708, is credited with having introduced the Venetian fashion of a semi-public masquerade ball to London in the early eighteenth century, with the first being held at Haymarket Opera House. London's public gardens, like Vauxhall Gardens, refurbished in 1732, and Ranelagh Gardens, provided outdoor settings. The reputation for unseemly behaviour motivated a change of name, to the Venetian ridotto. As the "Man of Taste" observed in 1733:
“In Lent, if masquerades displease the town, Call 'em Ridottos and they still go down."
Reception at 7:00 PM
Buffet Dinner at 8:00 PM
Dance at 10:00 PM
Carriages at 2:00 AM
Cash bar at 10:00 PM
The musical entertainment will be provided by a live band followed by a DJ.