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Mar. 10 Bal Masque calls all clans


The Art Association of Harrisburg is calling together the Clans of Central Pennsylvania in the spirit of celebration and good will on Sat., March 10, 6 to 10 p.m., for a Celtic Ceilidh (“kay-lee”), this year’s theme for the 2018 Bal Masque.

The festive evening will be held at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC). Proceeds support Art Association exhibits, education and programming.

The Capital Room, HMAC’s turn of the century art deco ballroom, will be transformed into a world of lords and ladies, druids and bards, warriors and witches, plaids, pipes and Celtic knots. The Kitchen @ HMAC will serve an incredible Irish-inspired dinner and dessert buffet and beer and spirits will flow at the cash bar in the VIP mezzanine.

Musician couple, Tom and Laurie Reese, will start off the evening with traditional Irish and Celtic tunes and later, talented dancers from Carraig School of Irish Dance will give a lively performance of intricate footwork. DJ Jonathan Frazier will keep the festive music flowing throughout the evening. Costumed Celts can display their garb in the legendary costume parade – and compete for great prizes and bragging rights! Artist Barbara Passeri Warfel will invite guests to sit for a mini-portrait in charcoal as a special memento of the evening.

Silent and Live auctions are always highlights of the Bal and this year’s will include fabulous dining and entertainment experiences, provided or hosted by Art Association Board Members.

Una Martone of Leadership Harrisburg Area, and Shaun Jude McCoach of the Central Penn Business Journal, are giving enthusiastic support as Honorary Chieftains of the Bal. Higher Information Group, the noblest sponsor, is again helping to make the Bal possible.

Three ticketing levels extend The Bal Masque to a wider demographic and expand the benefits of attending:

At the $150 level, Lairds & Ladies will enjoy complimentary valet parking, two drink coupons, preferred seating and first access to dinner. At the $100 level, Clanfolk get open seating, cash bar and buffet dinner and dessert.

Special pricing of $50 for Outlanders (first-time Bal attendees) and Clan HYP (members of Harrisburg Young Professionals) includes open seating, cash bar, buffet dinner and dessert, plus a one-year AAH Membership (a $40 value).

Goodwill Industries will have a contribution bin in the Bal registration area. Guests are encouraged to bring along clothing and small items to donate.

Info:. is available from the Art Association of Harrisburg at 717-236-1432 or at www.artassocofhbg.com.