Look for fringed flapper dresses, feathers, top hats and fedoras at this year’s President’s Ball.
Inspired by the May release of the movie â€œThe Great Gatsby,â€ Roanoke College has themed its Nov. 9 ball after the roaring twenties. The ball will run from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Colket Center.
Also, don’t miss the Campus Activities Board’s showing of â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€ this Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wortmann Ballroom as extra inspiration for the ball.
Hosted by Roanoke President Mike Maxey and his wife, Terri, the ball is open to all current Roanoke students, faculty and staff (plus a guest) at no charge.Â Attire is semi-formal with black-tie optional (think cocktail party meets prom). A cash bar is available to those with a valid ID.
For this year’s ball, 1920’s attire is encouraged but not required. If you’re aiming for the Jay Gatsby look, linen or tweed suit jackets, colorful ties and pocket squares are your best bet.
Music, dancing and varying cuisine will make up each floor of the Colket Center. Chaos will explode in Wortmann Ballroom as the Domino Band plays music from a variety of genres and time periods. Expect to hear tunes from Frank Sinatra, pop songs from the 1980’s and everything else in between.
Also, sing along to your favorite songs in the Commons with the Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos.
For a different music variety, head to the Cavern. DJ Hurley will transform the dining area into a club-style party.
The night includes some noteworthy prizes. The student residence area with the best attendance (residential, off-campus and commuter students included) will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad mini. RC IDs must be presented and scanned to enter the drawing.
College employees who attend the ball also have an opportunity to win a prize. Sign in at the faculty and staff guestbook at the registration table in the Colket Center’s Atrium for a chance to win a $50 Visa card.
The ball is one of the largest events at Roanoke, with more than 900 people attending last year. It started as the grand finale to the inauguration of Maxey as president of the College in 2007. The ball was so popular that Maxey declared it an annual fall celebration.
-By Allison Shannon ’15