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Dress up in your finest 20s and 30s attire for The Deco Ball this Thursday. (courtesy photo)
Dress up in your finest 20s and 30s attire for The Deco Ball this Thursday. (courtesy photo)

There’s still time to get tickets to take part in The Deco Ball this Thursday.

The event, now in its sixth year, invites guests to don their deco cocktail party finest and enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails, food, friends and frivolity.

Travel back to the 1920s at the Wrightsville Manor from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13. A VIP event will be hosted beginning at 6 p.m.

Jess James, the organizer behind the event, said she’s excited to host The Deco Ball at the new Wrightsville Manor. She said the event theme is inspired by the joie de vivre, design and the decadence of the Jazz Age-era.

“I think what’s different than in the past … people felt compelled to wear 20s-inspired clothing by characters from [The Great Gatsby] book,” James said about last events. “But once we changed the name … I feel it really opens up for people to be creative.”

James encourages people to become inspired from both 20s and 30s fashion for the event. The Deco Ball will feature, among other things, food by Eaton at Home and Prohibition-era cocktails (Method and Standard) by Astral Craft Cocktails.

Live music will be provided by the Ryan Mulder Jazz Band and Jazz Singer Nnenne Terzian. And don’t forget your dancing shoes. Other entertainment includes a burlesque dancer performance, Jazz-age dancers, tarot card readings and Paper Moon photo booth hand-crafted by A Ribbon Runs Through It, captured by Bella Rose Photography.

There’s also a “best dressed” contest and silent auction to raise funds and awareness for Animal Avengers of NC, a non-profit organization that helps save dogs and find their perfect forever homes.

Guests can experience the Gatsby Lawn Party vibe with a sit-down romantic elegant picnic dining in the secluded Wrightsville Manor garden during the VIP event, “The Magic Hour.” Tickets for the VIP cocktail hour are $100. Two complimentary drink tickets come with the price of admission. General Admission for the event starting at 7 p.m. is $60.

“It’s a beautiful venue … so I think it will be really exciting for people to experience Wrightsville Manor for the first time,” James said. “And there’s a lot of entertainment going on throughout the evening.”

An after-party event will continue at Grand Cru at 1900 Eastwood Road located within Lumina Station. For more information about The Deco Ball and to purchase tickets, visit James’ website.

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