CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The staff of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library will bring their year-long series of events celebrating the library’s 50th anniversary to a close next week with a Masquerade Ball.
The free event is an homage to the dinner dance fundraisers held early in the library’s formative years. The dances, sponsored by supporters, helped get the library on firm financial footing before it had its own taxing district.
Much like those dinner dances of years past this event gives the community a chance to put aside its everyday sportswear while combining the occasion with the tradition of masking for All Hallows Eve. Attendance is restricted to those 21 and older.
The Masquerade Ball will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 26, in the library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park. Though a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and desserts has replaced the formal sit down dinners, there will still be dancing, along with raffles and tastings from area distilleries and brew pubs. Music will be provided by Soul Session featuring Garland Nelson.
Masks are required for entry and registration via the library’s website is requested. As of Tuesday the website noted that 160 spots remained. Registration closes Oct. 23.
“We had three major events scheduled during the year to celebrate the 50th anniversary and this is the final one,” said Alex Gutilius, the library’s executive director. “We had one in April with a surf band and we had a Woodstock event in August. We wanted a final event in the last third of the year and didn’t want to come up against Thanksgiving. The fact that Halloween is so close just makes it being a masquerade ball more appropriate. Our anniversary committee has done a terrific job.”
Gutilius said the Ball being an after-hours event adds a special flavor to the occasion, as will the first floor dance area that will be in place.
“It’s not a formal affair in the true sense but we’re asking people to dress up a little, come over, and enjoy the night,” Gutilius said. “The staff has been working on this for weeks. They’re excited and so am I. This will be a fun evening; a nice way to celebrate the library’s 50th anniversary.”