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Prairie Village Museum plans Masked Ball

By Sue Sitter - | Feb 27, 2021

Sue Sitter/PCT Prairie Village Museum Executive Director Jennifer Willis holds a custom-engraved charcuterie board. The boards will be sold with an assortment of meats and cheeses at the museum’s Masked Ball fundraiser March 5 from 5-8 p.m.

Prairie Village Museum will offer a selection of meats, cheeses and more arranged on custom charcuterie boards at a fundraiser in the Dakota Farms yellow banquet room Friday, March 5, from 5-8 p.m.

The event, titled “The Masked Ball,” will feature live-streamed music and an opportunity for diners to use their artistic skills and win prizes as well.

As attendees nibble salami, pepperoni, cheese, nuts and dried fruit, they’ll have the chance to decorate white cotton masks with a variety of crafting materials supplied by the museum.

“For the best decorated mask, we’ll have two or three prizes,” Executive Director Jennifer Willis said. “Then, there will be door prizes as well. I know one of the prizes (for the best masks) will be a gift pack from Arnold’s Misfit Acres with barbecue spices and things.”

The door prizes will be jams, jellies and things we carry here,” Willis said, pointing out items in the museum gift shop.

Willis said tickets are on sale in advance of the ball and she urged those interested to purchase them early. Tickets sell for $30 for couples and $20 per person. “We only have 50 charcuterie boards available,” she said, adding there might be some tickets left for purchase at the door.

Those purchasing tickets early will be given the cotton masks to take home and decorate in advance if they wish.

“The charcuterie board itself has the Prairie Village Museum logo engraved on it,” Willis noted, holding a wooden board bearing the museum’s name at the top.

Willis said Texas guitarist Jason Osborn would provide live-streamed music from his home in the Lone Star State.

Diners will also have the chance to purchase tickets for a museum raffle to be held March 7. “There are only 200 tickets and I’m pretty sure we’re about three quarters of the way sold. I think maybe we have 50 left,” Willis noted.

Raffle tickets cost $10 each. Raffle prizes are a Savage Arms 93 bolt-action 17 HMR rifle, a John Deere Gator child-sized XUV suitable for ages 3-8 and a star-patterned quilt with a patriotic motif pieced together by Rugby resident Michelle Lake.

Willis said although the museum is officially closed for winter, artwork in the gallery and gift items are still for sale. Winter hours for the gift shop and gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Our opening day is going to be May 1,” Willis said. “On that day, we’re hoping to have a big celebration. I’m talking to the Rugby Car Club about coming to set up that day. Admission will be a can of food for the food pantry. I’m hoping to have some fun and enjoy people again.”

Willis said the museum will host Native American artist Denise Lajimodiere, Belcourt, who will demonstrate the art of birch biting and possibly offer works for sale.

The museum will also host Bismarck photographer Shane Balkowitsch, who creates works using the wet plate collodion process. “He’s doing a Native American retrospective,” Willis said of Balkowitsch’s work. “He has a lot on display at NDSU,” she added.

“We’ve got a lot of things planned for the museum that I hope will come to fruition,” Willis said.

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