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Surrealist ball is all in fun

Beware of the statues stationed along pathways that meander around the gardens outside the Kapok Pavilion.

Don't be shocked if you see them move this weekend, because some of the statues will be alive.

As you enter the Surrealist Masquerade Ball through a time tunnel tonight, the Goddess of Time will beckon you, space creatures will frolic, and fairies, live animals on Noah's ark and gambling tables with flappers will vie for your attention.

Local actors in costume will perform La Masquerade from the Phantom of the Opera on the huge staircase of the Kapok, and a real wedding will take place.

It's all part of the fun orchestrated by Sally Anne Andrew, creator of two previous Salvador Dali Balls that benefited the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. "So many people would like a safe haven to dress up and have fun," said Andrew. "This is an opportunity for people to meet and to generate some new friendships." Andrew organized the Dali balls in 1991 and 1992, she said. But last year, the Salvador Dali Museum did not sponsor a ball, and many people called Andrew, she said, to tell her they missed having the event, and encourage her to organize a ball this year.

The National Association of Catering Executives and Caviar Events, sponsors of the event, will present exotic decorations, live performances, two horses outfitted with Renaissance regalia mounted by characters in Renaissance costumes, "surreal desserts" and six chef stations. Organizers hope to draw between 500 and 700 revelers to the Halloween party.


The Surrealist Masquerade Ball, with the theme, "Passages of Time, Past, Present and Future," will begin at 8 p.m. today at the the Kapok Pavilion, 923 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door; $60 per couple in advance or $75 per couple at the door. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Wear costumes or "creative black tie." Live entertainment, six catering stations, desserts, silent auction and cash bar. Call 289-2709.