Montage One 




What, Pray Tell, Is The Edwardian Ball?


THE EDWARDIAN BALL is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey.  Set in our own version of “Edwardian” times, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past decade from a small underground nightclub into an internationally recognized event.


Costumed and enthusiastic attendees flock from around the globe to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlor games, sideshows, and more.  All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts… where historically accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz by a steam-powered tea garden where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!


Still Curious?  


The founder Justin Katz (Rosin Coven) and co-host Mike Gaines (Vau de Vire Society) invite you to peruse our exceedingly witty and fabulously comprehensive Montage, as seen below.




MONTAGE 1  #1 Arthur Koch - DSC_4430Photography By Arthur Koch – San Francisco





MONTAGE 1  #2 Arthur Koch - DSC_4520Photography By Arthur Koch – San Francisco





MONTAGE 1  #3 Cody Molica Booty CallPhotography By Cody Molica – San Francisco





MONTAGE 1  #4 Art Gimbel - IMG_8272Photography By Art Gimbel – San Francisco





MONTAGE 1  #5 Marco Sanchez - EBSF14-36Photography By Marco Sanchez – San Francisco





MONTAGE 1  #6 Alex Stover - 20140118-DSC_8711Alex | Jo Lee Magazine





MONTAGE 1  #7 Marco Sanchez - EBSF14-74Photography By Marco Sanchez – San Francisco






MONTAGE 1  #8 Cody Molica eka1Photography By Cody Molica – San Francisco




A Brief History Of The Edwardian Ball In Anecdote & Conversation


One hot and dusty afternoon in a remote desert at the turn of the century, two gentlemen and a lady sat sipping black martinis in a strange and little-known oasis known as The Pagan Lounge.


“I say,” ventured the first gent, “wouldn’t it be smashing to throw a ball in honor of the ghastly tales of Sir Edward Gorey?”

“Oh yes indeed!” agreed the lady emphatically. “We could all dress…Edwardian!”

“I love it!” cried the third.  “Perhaps we could find an elegant yet irreverent house band to tell the stories and set them to music.

 Perhaps that band is…right here amongst us!”


It was true – they looked up from their dust-stained cups to find none other than Rosin Coven carousing around the bar nearby. They were perhaps the only Pagan Lounge Ensemble skilled yet foolish enough to tackle such a task.


On a handshake it was agreed, then and there, that the ball would commence that very December in San Francisco.  The finest artists were assembled from throughout the land and The Edwardian Ball was born. It has now become a splendid annual tradition and the rest, as they say, is history.







2 Responses to “THE EDWARDIAN BALL – Montage One”

  1. JO LEE | 02.06.14 at 12:53 PM said…

    SUPERB! BRAVISSIMO to Justin Katz and Mike Gaines and Karin Conn and to the incredible minds that ‘made this happen’ !!

  2. Karin Conn | 02.06.14 at 12:52 PM said…

    This is a wonderful tribute to The Edwardian Ball! Thank you so much Jo Lee and everyone who makes this magazine happen. Your content and photos are just fabulous! I will share this with many – everyone would enjoy it! I’m super excited about The Edwardian Ball in Los Angeles this Saturday!!