12th Annual VMB – Saturday, April 12, 2014


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Announcements:

We are proud to announce that this year’s VMB is sponsored by Hollywood Vintage! Located at 2757 NE Pacific St, Portland. They are one of the largest vintage shops in the Portland area with a wide selection of men’s and women’s wear. 

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WHEN:
 Saturday, April 12, 2014  **RSVP to the FB Event Invite here**


WHERE:
Melody Ballroom – 615 SE Alder St, Portland, OR

DETAILS:
Two Floors
21+/full bars
25+ vendors both regional and national
Professionally Catered
Performers
Waltz at Midnight
DJ’s spinning gothic/Industrial both old-school and new
Dress-code enforced**(see explanation below)

If you are disabled and/or have limited mobility: The Melody Ballroom being a very old venue does not have an elevator. However, there is a wheelchair stair-climbing machine, which will be operated by one of the Melody Ballroom’s staff that night. Maximum weight 300lbs.

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TICKETS

Tickets are no longer available for purchase online, they will be available at the door.

**TICKETS PURCHASED ONLINE UP TO 4/6 WERE MAILED OUT. Tickets purchased AFTER 4/6 will be available via will-call at the door**

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Raffle 

We would like to thank the following businesses for  donating items to the midnight raffle.

Bela Lugosi Winery
Paxton Gate
Bella Lili Jewelry
Devious Chix Boutique
Wells & Verne
Tormented Artifacts
Morrigan’s Mantle
Jay and Jadzia DeForest
Gargoyle Statuary
Arctic Phoenix
Bridge City Comics
Taken by the Sky
The Glaziery
Valentina’s Home Brewed
J. Anne Fullerton
Aetherworks
Velvet Mechanism
Extreme Lashes & Adorned Aesthetics

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Meet & Greet

WHEN: Friday, April 11th.  **RSVP to the M&G here**
TIME: 7:00pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Raven & Rose (upstairs in the Rookery) – 1331 SW Broadway, Portland
OVERFLOW SITE: Nel Centro (1 block from Raven & Rose) – 1408 SW 6th Ave

If you plan on attending the Meet & Greet please read!!! Due to a overwhelming amount of RSVP’s a second overflow site has been selected. When the upstairs lounge at the Raven & Rose reaches capacity, folks will be directed to Nel Centro which is 1 block away. It’s a sexy and swank new restaurant featuring a large outdoor patio and 3 fireplaces.

What is the Meet & Greet? We’re glad you asked! The M&G this year will be a low key affair, allowing weary travelers from near and far to come together and enjoy a cocktail or brew the night before the ball with the VMB staff, performers, DJ’s, and locals.

What’s the Raven & Rose? It’s a beautifully restored carriage house built in 1883. Recently avoided demolition,it has since been renovated and fully restored into the restaurant and lounge it is today!

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VIP TABLES – SOLD OUT!! 

**VIP tables do NOT include entry into the event and VIP tables are NON-REFUNDABLE! 

Large Table (seats 10): $225 (+$5 surcharge).  Includes 2 bottles of Ravenswood wine and a large platter of catered food, and 10 additional raffle tickets for the drawing at midnight.

Small Table (seats 4): $150. (+$5 surcharge)  Includes 1 bottle of Ravenswood wine and a small platter of catered food, and 4 additional raffle tickets for the drawing at midnight.

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Hotel Discount

The Crowne Plaza across from Downtown Portland is offering  a special discount to VMB attendees!

$124 (+ tax) for any Executive King or 2 Queen bed room. Only so many rooms have been set aside for this discount!  To make your reservations at the special discount, you can either book online using the special link here, or call the front desk at 1-888-233-9527.

Amenities include:
- FREE shuttle service to/from the PDX airport, train station, bus stop, and anywhere within a 5 mile radius of the hotel, as well as to/from the Meet & Greet (Fri) and the VMB (Sat). A new text feature is available which will alert guests of the shuttle status and ETA after making a pick-up request.
- Indoor pool/Jacuzzi
- Free WiFi in every room
- Microwave & refrigerator in every room
- Restaurant on ground level serving breakfast/lunch/dinner.

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The Waltz at Midnight

In 2008, the violinist Paul Mercer initiated what was to become a tradition every year at the VMB, the waltz at midnight. While the evening is filled with gothic/industrial music, at midnight is when the attention is given over to classical instruments. This is when all guests are invited to waltz with their partners on the main floor. Videos of previous midnight waltz’s in past years can be viewed on our video’s link.

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What do you mean by “Dress Code Enforced”?

Essentially, no street clothes (blue jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, etc). Everything from tuxedos, ball gowns, and corsets, to period wear, neo-Victorian, your best Gothic club wear, to suit and cocktail dress apply.

Are masks required? Encouraged yes, required no. Guests wearing masks have always been around 50/50.

Where do you recommend I shop? Aside from the vast internet, you should check out what the local area has to offer in our shopping/dining link.

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What is the VMB?

The Annual Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is a night of gothic elegance and decadence highly anticipated each year in the city of roses and hosted by Lady Raven Productions. It’s an evening where over 800 guests from the various gothic/industrial/alternative lifestyle communities from around the nation and the world gather in the Melody Ballroom amongst crystal chandeliers and Edwardian cornices to socialize and dance the night away. The VMB strives to offer its guests the experience of a formal gala at an attainable price; shared with like-minded company from the gothic/industrial communities who appreciate creative and individual expression, and the event is of course LGBTQ friendly.  The name “Vampire’s Masquerade Ball” is meant to evoke dark romanticism and a gothic interpretation of beauty. While the event is not sponsored or organized by the vampire community, they have always consistently been very supportive of the VMB, and are welcome to attend.

Dancing is only one of the many entertainments the VMB offers. The venue is divided between two floors with captivating live performances and local DJ’s spinning gothic/industrial in the grand ballroom; while in the lower ballroom nearly 30 regional vendors will be selling their wares. Additionally a lavish, professionally catered buffet of savory cheeses, meats, and baked goods awaits, as well as a delectable dessert selection and fountains of chocolate.

Consider the Vampire’s Masquerade Ball an opportunity to dress in your finest evening or historic dress!  Over the years the observed guest attire has included every genre from the gothic scene including old-school goth, steampunk, Edwardian, Victorian, Cyberpunk, all the way to black tie and regal ballgowns. To further clarify, the VMB being a formal event should not be confused with a “costume party” or re-enactment, and street clothes are not permitted. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to arrive masked. If you have any questions about dress code please email Lady Raven.

Please note that the Ball is reserved for guests twenty-one years of age or older. Bars in both the upper and lower ballrooms will be open and offering special cocktails for the evening as well as a full assortment of liquor.

The Melody Ballroom, site of the VMB since 2007, was established in 1925 and has been owned by the same Portland family for 23 years. Its historic ambiance is enhanced by thirty-foot ceilings, scarlet walls, marble staircases (which are wheelchair accessible using a chairlift), and as the staff say, hauntings! Guests may park across the street from the venue (in the U.S. Bank lot) or on the street, and may find nearby dining establishments within a few blocks’ walk.

 

This years lighting in the grand ballroom provided by:

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*If you are flying into Portland: Our rail system services the PDX Airport and is a lot cheaper then taking a cab. The MAX Red Line goes from the airport all the way into downtown and passes through the hotels near the Convention Center on the East Side of the river (the side of the venue). Please visit Tri-Met to plan your public transportation needs.

Any questions about the VMB can be directed to the event’s organizer, Lady Raven

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The annual Vampire’s Masquerade Ball (VMB) solely hosted by Lady Raven Productions is exclusive to Portland, OR. Any other events in the state or across the country with a similar name or theme are in no way related to, or sponsored by, Portland’s VMB.

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