Carnevale di Venezia ~ A Masquerade Party

  • February 2, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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The owner of the event center has let me know that IDs need to be checked at the door since this is a 21+ event and there will be a cash bar. So don't leave home without an ID.


Today, Carnival (which is known as Mardi Gras in the States) is celebrated in many parts of the world, but the origination of Carnival comes from Italy. Carnival in Italy dates back to the Medieval times where the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding wild celebrations in the days leading up to Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent, they called their festival, carnevale — which means something like “take away the meat.”

The Carnival in Venice has always been the most well-known carnival celebration in Italy. Masks were originally worn around the city to abolish social hierarchy, so people were free to go around the city incognito. People attended masked balls, and there were Commedia dell'Arte plays, musical celebrations, and costumed processions throughout the city. As time passed, carnivals in Italy became quite famous, and the practice spread to other Catholic countries in Europe, and then to other parts of the world.

Today the Carnival in Venice is still one of the world’s biggest celebrations. People walk the canal lined streets in Venice wearing splendid costumes. There are still masquerade parties, Commedia dell'Arte performances happening in Piazza San Marco, music, and costumed parades.

~ Masquerade Party ~

Attire for the Party
At minimum you will need a mask to wear to the party. There are many sites on the internet where you can find beautiful masks that aren’t expensive, or you could check out one of the local costume shops. It will be even more fun if you try to dress the part. You could simply wear an evening dress, tux, or suit for an elegant look. In Venice they sometimes wear a Victorian or Renaissance period costume, or a cloak. If you want even more elaborate costume ideas, google images for Venetian Carnival costumes. I posted a list with ideas for places to buy Mask and Costumes here: http://www.meetup.com/Around-the-World/messages/boards/thread/29958902

Dolci di Carnevale

If you’ve ever been to Italy, you know it seems like there’s a pastry shop on every corner. There are special pastries you can only get during Carnival time. Chiacchiere and Castagnole are both popular Carnvial pastries found throughout Italy, so of course we’d like to have some of these famous treats at our party.

 I have posted recipes for these two pastries on our website, on the Message Board under the Discussions tab, here is the link: http://www.meetup.com/Around-the-World/messages/boards/thread/29190812 This should be a very large party, so if we want enough “dolci” for most people to at least have a sample, it would be wonderful if we could get several people to volunteer to bring one of these recipes to our Carnival party. If you think it sounds like a good idea to have these at the party, please consider stepping up to make a batch for the party, and contact me ASAP so I can coordinate this aspect of the party. You can’t just show up at the door with a batch of Carnival sweets.

Dancing
Of course we will have dancing at our Masquerade party, but we will diverge a bit here from the Venetian theme, to fit our Meetup group. We will have International music (A variety of Dance, Lounge, Pop, and Club music) playing on the dance floor.

Cost

$20 – paid by February 1st
$25 – day of the event, only at the door (cash only) if not sold out.

There will be a cash bar available serving wine and beer.

The only parking is street parking, which means it might be a good idea to carpool. Parking is free though. The event center is also walking distance from light rail.

All ticket sales are final, no refunds unless the event is cancelled. When you RSVP, your spot is not confirmed until it is paid. Please pay through paypal when you sign up, either with a check or credit card.

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  • Jennifer Z

    One more thing, someone who brought "dolci" left an orange tray and cover. I have it. If it's yours, let me know so I can return it to you.

    February 12, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    I snagged a few more photos off a friend's Facebook page. And a huge thank you to all who added photos of the Carnevale celebration: Colin, Winston Walker, Chris Webster, Brad Henkel, Sonia, and Jaka! Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing with us!

    February 12, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    And I finally posted the playlist from the party on the Message Board under the Discussions tab. Lots of great music there!

    February 11, 2013

  • Jaka

    Finally... I added the rest of the photos from the party. Sorry for the delay, everyone.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That would be me, Winston, that would be me ...Cheers Winston

    February 7, 2013

  • Winston W.

    Gary, are you the invisible man in the various meetups like the masquerade party? An apparition or phantom? :)

    February 6, 2013

  • Jaka

    I read "Jaka added 37 new photos ". I should have added 54 photos. I have no clue why it's only 37 photos.

    Btw, it was a great party, I really had a good time. Thank you Jennifer Z for organizing it.

    February 5, 2013

    • Dan

      Thanks for all the amazing photos!!

      February 5, 2013

  • Jaka

    Never posted photos before. Did I do it correctly?

    February 5, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    And a special thank you to Jaka, for taking such gorgeous photos of the event! You always take beautiful photos Jaka!

    February 5, 2013

  • Teri

    Fabulous party. Just what I needed. Looking forward to more fun with this group.....

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Denis

    Tasteful planning and hard work, thank you Jennifer and all the volunteers for creating a highly enjoyable evening.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • aloysius

    Ah Jennifer - I am impressed, yet again, by your attention to detail, follow-through and general commitment to this pretend world you've created here on Meetup (and nice job picking helpers too - especially for the decorations). I had a lovely time. Met lots of nice people (most of whom I already knew, but had no idea I knew them since I'm visually challenged - next time lets do something where I at least have a fighting chance). Danced. Chatted. Sweated. Drank LOTS of water. Disrobed a little at a time (what was I thinking - that the party was OUTSIDE?).

    I give this event 11 stars!

    Thanks.

    --Wysh

    2 · February 3, 2013

    • Jennifer Z

      I heard several people say that you had their vote for best men's costume since you made it yourself from a bed skirt and pillow cases. :) Very creative Adam (or maybe I should just give in and call you Aloysius)!

      1 · February 3, 2013

    • aloysius

      Really? I'd've won something if only there'd been a contest for that? Story of my life, I guess. Oh well. I'll have to settle for the memory of what "might have been." And a great evening. When is the planning meeting for next year's event? Hopefully you recruited enough folks to do several Commedia dell'artes. Right?

      February 4, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    The Venetian Masquerade Party was FABULOUS! Thank you to all who helped out. Decorations came out just as I envisioned, the "Dolci" were perfect, costumes were incredible, and I had wonderful helpers throughout the evening. I received many compliments on the music as well. In the next few days, I'll be posting my playlist somewhere here on the site, probably on the Message Board. Thank you for coming to the party!

    2 · February 3, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Enjoyed dancing with all of you, it was fun!

    2 · February 3, 2013

  • Winston W.

    Great party!!!!

    3 · February 3, 2013

  • ZJD

    This was a fabulous, first class, elegant party! Everyone really got into the spirit and Jennifer did a wonderful job putting this all together...her hard work and dedication was evidenced in all the preparation and carried through the entire evening. Thank you so much for the wonderful event!

    2 · February 3, 2013

  • Holly S.

    Thank you, Jen, for putting together a fun, Venetian evening. Beautiful decorations, warm people, creative costumes.
    Bravo!

    2 · February 3, 2013

  • Dan

    What a wonderful evening! Most times when a meetup attends a great event, it's an event that is already happening and the meetup shows up. How cool that Jennifer created this amazing event from nothing and had it turn out so well. I loved seeing the beautiful and creative costumes as well how beautifully the room was decorated. Thanks, Jennifer for all the work you put in and a great party!

    4 · February 3, 2013

  • Beatriz G.

    Im trying to pay extra ticket online but it doesn,t allow me to do it.please don.t take any name out we will pay at the door or call me I will give you my credid card #

    February 2, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    For those who RSVP and pay online, or who are helping out for the party, your names will be on a list at the door when you check in. If you did not provide your full name when you signed up, please send it to me in a message, so I can add your name to the list, since most likely I won't be at the door.

    January 28, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    The owner of the event center has let me know that IDs need to be checked at the door since this is a 21+ event and there will be a cash bar. So don't leave home without an ID.

    January 27, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    Someone asked a good question, whether this is an event just for our group, or whether we would be attending another already established event. This is just our group, and the people who hear about it through us, meaning I'm inviting other friends who aren't yet Around the World members, but will be :) and I'm telling people in my Italian Language Meetup, so we'll have some people there who know all about Carnevale! You're also free to invite other friends who aren't a part of this Meetup group yet, but they either need sign up to pay through the site here, or you could pay for them, or they can pay the more expensive price at the door if we're not already full. Other than that this is a closed party and not open to the public, so it's just us. :)

    November 30, 2012

    • Jennifer Z

      Hi Joyce, it's a 21+ party... sorry. Hope to see you at another event soon though.

      January 13, 2013

    • Beatriz G.

      hi jennifer,I have 2 more friends to bring,how can I pay for they tickes?

      January 16, 2013

  • Brad H.

    Wish I could come. I will be in Venice during this time (for 2 weeks) taking pictures of the real deal!

    November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm an avid baker and would love to help with the dolci... Are these recipes adjusted for altitude? I don't want to commit to anything until I have practice and know for sure I can pull it off!

    December 4, 2012

    • Jennifer Z

      I agree, don't use Crisco. Coconut oil sounds like a good choice. The YouTube recipes call for Peanut oil, or you could use Canola oil. I've never used Palm oil for frying, so don't know if it might give a certain flavor that could be strange, but I see it's supposed to be a good oil for frying. If you like coconut, use that one.

      December 5, 2012

    • Audrey D

      Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your input. I have used Spectrum Brand Non-hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening. It is available at most natural foods stores only in the BAKING section. You won't find it with the Olive or Coconut oil. It is tasteless and has a similar consistency and performance to Crisco. It is a healthful oil for frying and it is more heat tolerant than Virgin Coconut Oil. Refined Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than virgin, so you can use medium high heat instead of medium low heat. Any of these oils work well, just don't heat any oil to the point of smoking.

      December 6, 2012

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