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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, parlour 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 4  #1 Marco Sanchez - EBSF14-876 copyPhotography By Marco Sanchez – San Francisco




MONTAGE 4  #2 Marco Sanchez - EBSF14-842 copyPhotography By Marco Sanchez – San Francisco




MONTAGE 4  #3 Cody Molica molten shredPhotography By Cody Molica – San Francisco




MONTAGE 4  #4 Cody Molica Dirty Sikh copyPhotography By Cody Molica – San Francisco. ‘The Mystic Midway’.




MONTAGE 4  #5 Cassandra Clarkson - Fou Fou Ha! -  IMG_3868-300dpiPhotography By Cassandra Clarkson – San Francisco. ‘Fou Fou Ha!’




MONTAGE 4  #6 Cody Molica Eka interestingPhotography By Cody Molica – San Francisco




MONTAGE 4  #7 Pete Lockwood - Edwardian Ball (15 of 32)Photography By Pete Lockwood – San Francisco




MONTAGE 4  #8 Clarence Alford - DSC4731 copyPhotography By Clarence Alford – Los Angeles




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.




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