The Andover Townsman
---- — The Crystal Ballroom at The Town House at 20 Main St. in downtown Andover returns on Sunday, Oct. 27, to host the annual Masquerade Ball from 6 to 10 p.m.
Guests are invited to join other dance and music enthusiasts alike from Andover and around the Merrimack Valley in swinging to the tunes of DB’s Orchestra. Costumes add to the enchantment and fun of the evening, but are not required. Tom Webster of Dance New England will provide ballroom dance instruction during the first hour of the event.
Until the 1950s, The Crystal Ballroom represented an important institution in Andover. It was where young people met weekly to socialize with friends, dance the night away and be serenaded by names as big as Louis Armstrong.
This proud tradition was re-created in 2010 as “The Crystal Ballroom at the Townhouse,” a collaboration between local organizations for the benefit of the town and to offer another option for evening entertainment in Andover.
There are now three Crystal Ballroom dances a year at the Townhouse: the upcoming Masquerade Ball, the Holiday Dance in December and the Spring Fling in April. These events are presented through the work of The Andover Community Friends, a nonprofit organization that provides the funding to support the mission of The Center at Punchard (formerly the Andover Senior Center) and help foster awareness of the Andover senior community. There are a number of local businesses that step forward to sponsor the events as well.
Tickets for the Masquerade Ball are $10 in advance. Admission at the door is $15 or $25 for couples. Advance tickets are available in Andover at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, and The Andover Bookstore, 89 Main St.