by Christy Simo
GRANT PARK — The Mothball is back and better than ever!
Come party with your neighbors at Grant Park’s annual costume bash Oct. 19 from 8 p.m.-midnight. It’s a new venue, a new sound and more fun, including music by Seven Handle Circus and MCs Amber Nash and Lucky Yates – Pam and Kreiger from Archer and regulars at Dad’s Garage Theatre.
This year, the theme is a HOOTENANY! We’re going all out with some boot-stompin’ music, a silent auction, a signature cocktail with Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and craft beer from Wild Heaven, a costume contest and a Hootenany Dance Off with cash prizes and more!
“With Seven Handle Circus performing and our MCs Amber Nash and Lucky Yates, tickets are starting to sell fast,” said Cullen Boudreaux, this year’s Mothball subcommittee chair.
“And it’s for a good cause. Proceeds from the Mothball go to the Grant Park Neighborhood Association, which uses the funds for everything from transportation improvements and support for the Grant Park Farmers Market to grants for our neighborhood schools and Crime Stoppers efforts. It’s a fun way to give back to your neighborhood and meet new neighbors and friends in the process.”
Added Lauren Rocereta, GPNA president: “Some of the proceeds will also benefit our community’s collective efforts with the 800 Glenwood development. The more tickets we sell, the more we can help support all these neighborhood initiatives.”
Formed in 2010, Seven Handle Circus is a six-piece critically acclaimed Georgia band that blends elements of rock, punk and alternative. They most recently headlined the Nightfall Concert Series in Chattanooga, Tenn., and contributed a cover of “Such Great Heights” to the Postal Service Tribute Album.
The Mothball costume party is a Grant Park tradition that spans almost four decades. Back in the 1970s, it started out as a potluck dinner to thank everyone who volunteered for the Tour of Homes and was traditionally held the same weekend as the Tour.
As time passed, the party grew bigger until it turned into its own event. Past themes have included everything from Moulin Rouge and pirates to James Bond and Saturday Night Live.
This year, the Mothball is encouraging people to dress up and “Show Us Your Hootenanny!” in the days leading up to the event via #gpmothball2013 posted to the Mothball Facebook wall or on Twitter. The grand prize is a choice of a $100 gift certificate to Live Free Tattoo, a free three-month membership to SnapFitness Glenwood or two free Mothball tickets. The winner will be announced Oct. 18.
Tickets to the 38th annual Mothball are $30 in advance; $40 at the door, and a limited number of VIP tables will be available. The event will be held in Grant Park at the Grant Park Rec Center (537 Park Ave.). All proceeds go back into the community, so be sure to bring your friends!
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the GPMothball Facebook page or go to www.gpna.org/mothball.