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No masking the joy at masquerade ball

Gilda Barnwell, Kristin Mumford and Terry McLeod

Masked in mystery and draped in decadence, a masquerade ball is nothing short of magical. Once held only for the upper classes, masquerade balls date back to Venice, Italy in the 15th century at the beginning of the Renaissance movement where art, beauty and the imagination reigned. Masquerade balls became increasingly popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, offering a place where rich and poor could mingle in ways their strict societal etiquette forbid. In February, you can travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the world’s largest and most famous masquerade party, called Carnaval, to Venice where it all began, or you could visit the American equivalent in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. If you are not up for traveling, you could choose to attend the South Carolina Artisans Center Masquerade ball. This past Saturday, around 70 folks showed up to fundraiser and a good time was had by all.
The ladies looked fabulous in their finest cocktail dresses while the gentlemen rocked their suits and tuxedoes. After entering the ball held at the Bedon Lucas House on Church Street, guest were able to snack on a variety of hors d’oeuvres provided by the restaurant at Dogwood Hills, Gilda Barnwell and Terry McLeod. Steak Sliders, bacon wrapped scallops, Charleston dip, Meatballs and Savannah sin dip kept party goers going back for more.
The South Carolina Artisans Center is the premier travel destination in the Lowcountry for handcrafted art. Designated by our legislature as the “Official South Carolina Folk Art and Craft Center,” the retail center features the artwork of more than 300 of South Carolina’s finest, juried artists. The center was established in 1994. The South Carolina Artisans Center came about as a result of a group of ladies who wanted to attract visitors to downtown Walterboro. In 1994, these ladies envisioned creating something of interest to offer the many motorists traveling down the I-95 corridor in Colleton County. The visionaries believed in the importance of art in our community and state and as result, the vision of tourism and art moved forward with the creation of the Artisans Center. According to Kristin Mumford, Executive Director of the SC Artisans Center, every aspect of the event was a success. Mumford credits her committee for helping pull of the lovely evening. “I could not have had such a successful event had it not been for the team work of my committee. Stephanie Worden, Jessica Maynard, Gilda Barnwell and Terry McLeod really came together and made this event what it was,” said Mumford. She also had a wonderful support staff in Reese Carelock, Allison Alexander, JV Goodwin and Chrissy Worden. “DJ Damien Williams was the perfect choice to keep the crowd dancing on their feet and the photos by Jeffery Musgrave were fabulous.” Mumford went on to say the event will take place the same weekend next year at the same location so go on and mark your calendars.

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