Saturday, Feb 23, 2008 • MARDI GRAS BALL - Rhodes On The Pawtuxet - RI • Not a SDLI Event
16th Annual Cajun & Zydeco
MARDI GRAS BALL
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
The Red Stick Ramblers with Jesse Lege’
Hot Tamale Brass Band
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Rhodes On The Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI
Tickets On Sale Now !!!
$30 Advance / $35 At the Door
Reserved Table of Ten $325
(Reserved tables only in advance)
Young adults-12 to 17 years w/ID - $15 at the door
Children under 12 Free
Send a check or money order with a self addressed, stamped envelope to:
255 Holly Road, Wakefield RI 02879
Cash or checks only. No credit cards at the door.
Advance ticket sales deadline is February 16!
Any ticket orders received after February 16 will be held at the door.
For further information:
5:45 Box office opens and tickets go on sale!
6:00 Doors open. Food from the Chili Brothers will be available for purchase and the cash bars will be open. Special welcome second line from the Hot Tamale Brass Band. www.hottamalebrassband.com
6:30 Red Stick Ramblers www.redstickramblers.com
8:15 Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
10:00 Parade with the Hot Tamales and Costume Judging
10:15 Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
Mardi Gras is an annual celebration that takes place each February in Louisiana for a two and a half week period ending with Fat Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. All across Louisiana, Mardi Gras traditions are celebrated differently depending on one’s location and background. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras social clubs (Krewes) host a number of lavish costume balls and lead grand parades with massive floats throughout the city. In Cajun country, bands of costumed revelers on horseback ride through the countryside chasing chickens and gathering ingredients for a community gumbo to be served at the Mardi Gras fais-do-do. The black communities of both regions have their own traditions as well. Celebrants dress in elaborate feather and bead Mardi Gras Indian costumes in New Orleans where they parade, dance and chant among neighborhood tribes. Rural Mardi Gras celebrants congregate in the evening at the Zydeco clubs for a night of eating, drinking and dancing. Here in New England, at the annual CAJUN & ZYDECO MARDI GRAS BALL, we bring a sampling of these traditions together for two unforgettable nights of New Orleans, Cajun and Creole music, dance and food. So come and share in the joie de vivre of a Louisiana Mardi Gras and.... “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”
RESERVED TABLE SEATING
Tables seating ten people can be reserved in advance at a cost of $325 per table. This price includes ten tickets to the ball. Each reserved table must be purchased as a complete block of ten tickets. The deadline for reservations is February 16. Please act quickly as tables in prime locations will go first! We assign table location in the order that payment is received. Please remember that when all downstairs tables are reserved, we assign table locations in the balcony.
DIRECTIONS TO THE BALL
From north or south on I-95, take Exit 14 to Route 37 East. On Route 37 East, take Exit 5B to Post Road North (also Route 1 North). Stay straight on Post Road North for 3 miles until the road ends. Take a left onto Broad Street into Pawtuxet Village. After the 1st light, take the 3rd left onto Rhodes Place. The ballroom is at the end of the street with plenty of parking space in the upper and lower lots.
The block of rooms at the Homestead Studio Suites Hotel, 268 Metro Center Boulevard, Warwick, 401-732-6667 has been reserved at the rate of $59 per suite per night. Please ask for Mardi Gras room rate when making reservations. For those looking for something more upscale, the Edgewood Manor Bed & Breakfast is located right near Rhodes at 232 Norwood Avenue in Cranston. Call 1-800-882-3285 or go to www.edgewoodmanor.com . $129 plus gets a suite with a fireplace, Jacuzzi, breakfast and afternoon tea. .
COSTUME OPTIONAL BALL
At each of our previous Mardi Gras Balls, people have come dressed in every style of dress imaginable. We encourage everyone to get into the Mardi Gras spirit and to attend in full costume or formal wear and masks. Prizes are awarded to the best costumes in a variety of categories. This year we will award a grand prize of $250 to the best overall entrant. Other categories will include best group, best couple, best individual, most creative and most traditional. Entrants will be required to pre-register on site so we can place everyone in the proper category prior to the judging.
NO CONFETTI ALLOWED IN RHODES
Due to a number of incidents last year, the staff at Rhodes has requested that confetti not be allowed into the ballroom this year. Major cleanup of the facility as well as damage to the sound equipment due to confetti from the floor level and the balcony has convinced us that we should implement this policy. Please leave your confetti at home. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
FAT FRIDAY ZYDECO FRENZY
From Sal’s Productions, Bands, TBA. Call 401-965-0849 for more info. www.salsrbclub.com
THE MARDI GRAS BALL is sponsored in part by McLaughlin & Moran Distributors, Inc. Cranston, RI
A portion of the proceeds will benefit VSA ARTS RI ri.vsarts.org
Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)
The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.