By JENIFER FROMMEYER | Your Voice Contributor
Whether you are decked out in fangs and a cape, a little black dress or jeans and a shirt, don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes when you attend this year’s exciting new Halloween event, the Black Widow’s Ball!
The Brown Hotel’s Bluegrass Room will be the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 13. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Dreams With Wings. Dance to the tunes of Gary Chism with C & J Entertainment. Dance contests and prizes for the best “Thriller” or “Salsa Pair” and of course there will be a costume contest! The overall winner of the costume contest will be crowned and receive a one night stay at the Brown Hotel, complete with champagne breakfast.
The evening will include dancing, light Halloween-themed hors d’ oeuvres and spirited cocktails, the Spider Mite and Widow Maker! As the night wears on and your dancing feet are feeling weary, you can step over and dip your very own Krispy Kreme donut. You may even want to drink your cocktail out of a specially fashioned “spider” glass.
To kick off your holiday celebration, you will also receive a little bubbly to take home: a bottle of Kenkell Trocken!
Make sure to bring your change and help the folks at Dreams With Wings determine our first annual Black Widow King and Queen.
The proceeds for the evening will benefit Dreams With Wings, whose mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism as they recognize their strengths, contribute to their communities and pursue their dreams. Our vision is to provide individuals support to live inclusive lives full of purpose and meaning. There is a strong focus on giving of themselves through volunteer work in our community.
In 12 short years, Dreams With Wings has grown to serve over 220 clients with 113 employees and has expanded their programming to include children. Services include residential housing, a day program providing community based activities, one-on-one individualized support in the community customized to individual need, summer camps for children as well as literacy, health and wellness and recreational programs.
Dreams With Wings’ signature event, the Jack O’ Lantern Stroll, is also returning this year, to rave reviews! It will be held on Oct. 26 at Louisville Slugger Field from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Last year, over 2,500 beautifully carved jack o’ lanterns were displayed on the field with trick or treating, craft booths, the sounds of Michael Bush and The All Stars, 102.3 The Max with George Lindsey and Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie. This year’s is going to be larger and more exciting than ever! So plan on howling into the Halloween season with Dreams With Wings and join us this weekend for the Black Widow’s Ball and again on Friday, Oct. 26 for the Jack O’ Lantern Stroll!
Tickets for the Black Widow’s Ball are available at www.dreamswithwings.org. They’re $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Jenifer Frommeyer is executive director of Dreams With Wings, 1579 Bardstown Road.