Witches and Wizards Ball Coming

Witches and Wizards Ball Coming Mill Race Village Arts & Preservation and Main Street Mount Holly present the 5th Annual Witches & Wizards Ball on Saturday, October 16, 2004 from 5pm-11pm.

The streets of historic Mount Holly will set the stage for an evening of eye-popping entertainment, including an hour-long presentation of costumed ballroom dancing by members of the Delaware Valley chapter of the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association with free lessons and dancing open to the public afterwards; true tales of terror and an exhibit by South Jersey Ghost Research (www.sjgr.org), the Delaware Valley's oldest ghost research group; bewitching performances by members of the Burlington County Footlighters and Rancocas Valley Regional High School's drama department; tarot card and palm readings by renowned psychic Vivienne McCarthy; a dramatic reading of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven;" strolling magicians, jugglers, story tellers, and haunted hay rides. Food will also be available, provided by local downtown restaurants.

The highlight of the evening, however, is the costume contest set to groovy disco music (open to the public with $2 registration fee per category) where $700 in prizes are up for grabs.

Because last year's contest outgrew the Mill Race Village, this year the contest will be moved to Fountain Square at the intersection of High and Washington streets in downtown Mount Holly. Categories include Scariest Witch/Wizard, Sexiest Witch/Wizard, and Most Original. Contestants will be judged on originality of costume and presentation. Several local VIPs will be judging the contest, including former Mount Holly Mayor Donald Scattergood and County Clerk Phil Haines. A contest for children 6-13 and a costume parade for children under 5 have been added to accommodate the increasing number of kids attending with their parents. Spectators are encouraged to come in costumes to contribute to the spirit of the affair.

This event is organized and sponsored in part by Mill Race Village Arts & Preservation and Main Street Mount Holly, both non-profits working on revitalizing downtown Mount Holly and the Mill Race Village. "Events are crucial to increasing public awareness of what's here in the downtown," says Main Street's Executive Director Lynn Lemyre. "This event is so, let's just say 'notorious', we had to become involved, not only to increase the breadth and scope of the event, but because it's so much fun!"

For event updates, visit www.MainStreetMountHolly.com and www.MillRaceVillage.com.

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