The Armistice Ball is a wonderful new / old tradition, and I’m planning on being there this year. May I invite you to join me at the eighth annual Ball? This is their website with much information. It takes place on a Saturday, in Morristown, New Jersey, from 8-11 PM.
As you can see by the photograph above, it is a truly vintage affair — music, attire, dance steps. No hip-hop; no blue jeans; no shorts. (A relief!) The Ball is focused on the world that once was, the world of 1910-20 — specifically time-travel to 1918, when the Great War ended. There won’t be any influenza epidemic at the Ball, fortunately.
But there will be music, sweet and hot, provided and created by Dan Levinson, Mike Davis, Matt Musselman, John Landry, Jesse Gelber, Mike Kuehn, Joanna Sternberg, Sue Fischer — celebrating the music and dance of the World War One era.
Here is the Ball’s Facebook page (where lovely antiquity and current cyberspace meet and shake hands).
I’ve never been to the Ball, but I’ve always wanted to go . . . and so I encourage you to give yourself the pleasure of attending. And here is some music that will encourage you — and if you live too far from New Jersey, at least you can raise the volume (to a decorous level) and one-step around the kitchen with your Beau or your Belle.
Here are atmospheric videos from 2013 and 2014:
But don’t wait too long. You’ll be humming this song instead of more joyous ones.
May your happiness increase!