Dressing up for the Grafton Costume Ball? Here’s where to find costumes

Vintage Murdock

Photo by Mary Dennis

If you’re looking for the perfect outfit to wear to the Costume Ball fundraiser next month, there are many options to choose from locally and online. The Costume Ball is May 18, 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Tickets cost $50 each and are for sale at the Grafton Country Store, Grafton Historical Society and Apple Tree Arts. All proceeds benefit Apple Tree Arts’ capital campaign to restore the Grafton Town House.

Peggy’s Place Boutique, located at One Grafton Common, has a variety of vintage style clothing and accessories for sale including the Victorian and Titanic inspired Nataya line of dresses. The store will place special orders for customers.

Several costume stores offer historic period outfits for rental or purchase for men and women. Boston Costume located at 200 Broadway in Cambridge, Mass. has a wide range of outfits from 1860s, colonial, Victorian and other eras. Visit http://www.bostoncostume.com for more information. Whether you want to look like Rhett Butler or Scarlett O’Hara or dress in the roaring twenties style, Costumes of Nashua has the look that will suite you. Visit http://www.costumesofnashua or their store at 76 Derry Street in Hudson, N.H. for details. Many three-day costume rentals cost about $95 to $135. Although Magic World in Shrewsbury has a small selection of historic period costumes, its close by and worth a call to 508-792-9377.

Several online retail web sites offer a variety of clothing styles. For women’s and men’s clothing, http://www.gentlemansemporium.com provides a wide selection of vintage inspired outfits. A vintage clothing web site for women, http://www.recollections.com provides links to web sites offering clothing from many different eras. Both Victorian and Edwardian clothing for men and women can be found at http://www.vintagedancer.com. Check out http://www.victoriantradingco.com for Victorian styled clothing for women that offers plus sizes.  Edgier type of Victorian inspired clothing is offered at http://www.steampunkthreads.com.

Historic period costume attire is optional. If you prefer to wear 21st century clothing instead of a Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey inspired outfit, suggested dress is evening wear.

Enjoy an elegant sit-down dinner of herb-encrusted chicken, the big-band sound of the Point ‘N Swing orchestra and a lively time bidding on great silent auction items like health club memberships, hotel room packages and tickets to sporting events and theater shows at the Costume Ball. The Apple Tree Arts Flute Choir will perform during the cocktail hour, too.

Early in the evening a vintage photography sitting will be available courtesy of Mary Dennis Photography.  Samples and prices will be provided so you may order your prints at the Ball if you like.

Ball tickets may be purchased in advance at the Grafton Country Store, Two Grafton Common, as well as the Grafton Historical Society and Apple Tree Arts, both located at One Grafton Common. To purchase a table of 10, please call the Grafton Historical Society, 508-839-0000.

Submitted by Dana Wilson


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