Spring Gala invitations, tickets, and snappy dressing

The invitations for the May 7th Spring Gala are in the mail! The stunning invitation package (a symphony of blues and red in a clear envelope) was designed by 8th grade parent, Diana Macarthur – please look for it in your mailbox Monday. Tickets are $30 per person before April 24 and will rise to $50 on April 25.
This great early-bird pricing includes the following:

  • Entrance to the event and the ambiance of the Commander’s Mansion
  • Live 40s era Big Band music with Dan Gabel and The Abeltones
  • Dance instruction (short 15 minute swing dance lesson and showcase)
  • Delicious food from Sara’s Cooking
  • One free drink ticket (will you choose our signature cocktail?); more can be purchased at reasonable prices
  • Access to bid on silent and live auction items
  • Celebrating Brian Gellerstein, our Inaugural honoree
  • Sharing a good time with your fellow Vassal Lane Upper School community and supporters

Value: $Priceless (not bad for $30!).

Tickets are available online now – we can only sell 200 so get in early, we would hate for you to miss out. You can also pay by check using the return envelope and slip in the invitation package.

The invitation indicates that “snappy dressing is encouraged”. I took a tiny survey of what people think this means: 7th grade Mom: “I think it means something like ‘cocktail attire’ – for men a nice pair of pants and a button-down shirt and for women a nice little dress and with a cute pair of shoes”; VLUS alum: “snappy dressing sounds fancy”; 8th grader: “smart and fabulous, like the girls in those movies with the red lipstick and curled hair.”

Snappy here is merely meant to reflect the 30s and 40s music theme where people looked sharp (and snapped their fingers a lot). Wartime made a generation of thrifty people but the dance halls and jazz clubs were lively places where people strived to look their best with whatever they had available. We encourage all of you to dust off your dresses, pants and shirts and enjoy this opportunity to dress up. You may even find something delightful and era-specific (and reasonably priced) at the Garment District in Cambridge or the Buffalo Exchange in Somerville or Boston, or even Oona’s that vintage clothing institution in Harvard Square. Let your creativity flow…

See you at the door!