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2013 Midwest Witches "Steampunk" Ball

Author: Midwest Witches' Ball [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: November 3rd. 2013
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Sponsored by: MichiganWitches Ball
Location: Warren Michigan
Event Date(s): 10/19/13
Attendance: 500

This was my third year attending the Michigan-Midwest Witches Ball and I must say it was by far the best. This was the second year the Ball was held at the Royalty House and this venue is beautiful, elegant and very appropriate for the event. During the day the Royalty House hosted the bazaar full of witchy wares- everything from art and books to incense and clothing- and if you needed something extra for your costume they had plenty of steamed accessories to coordinate with this year’s theme- Steampunk.

I must admit the costume aspect is one of my favorite parts of the ball. I adore Halloween and getting dressed up. But the Ball isn’t where you’ll find silly cartoon character costumes. No, the Witches Ball is more of an old fashioned masquerade, elegant with touches of fun modern elements. It is dress to impress but not in your average tux and ball gown. Every year has a new theme that attendees are invited to interpret through their costumes.

The first year I attended it was an Alice and Wonderland theme, there were a lot of top hats and rabbits. Last year’s theme was “The End of The World As We Know It” which turned out to be a kind of free for all costume wise- everyone interpreted their own version or simply dressed to impress in witchy fun fashions.

This year the Steampunk theme really put everyone into high gear to create amazing costumes and it really amped up the festive feeling. The costumes were spectacular and everyone seemed to be having a fabulous time. Everyone walked around checking out each other’s costumes, gears, gadgets and accessories. It didn’t take long to discover that the Witch community overflows with creativity.

Good music, good food, and an open bar were included with each ticket-making the event worry free. The only cash you need is to tip the bartenders and shuttle drivers.
The Ball coordinates with the local Baymont hotel to offer discounted hotel rooms which makes the ball even more fun and a lot safer because a shuttle will take you back and forth from your hotel to the Royalty House then back to the hotel. No drinking and driving, no worrying about driving a long way home at 2am- which is wonderful for me because it’s over an hour drive from the ball to my house. The Baymont is clean, comfortable and a really great value. I would stay there even without the ball discount.

I think one of the things I love most about the Michigan Midwest Witches Ball is the sense of community. The whole thing is supported by sponsors who place ads in the brochure, by vendors who sell at the bazaar and by local businesses in the witch community that donate time, money, services, and items for the ball every year. And to give back the Ball donates partial proceeds from ticket sales back to several local charities like Pagans in Need and 4 Paws 4 Kender. The Ball also has a special Pagan of the Year Award that is given to an outstanding member of the community. This year it was awarded to Michael Wiggins.

The Ball is geared towards Wiccans and Pagans (and the other paths and belief systems that can fall under the overall “Witch” umbrella of religions) but those who do not follow the Wiccan and Pagan ways can still enjoy it. It’s open to all and the religious aspects are very minimal and are not even noticed by those who do not follow the paths. Everyone is welcome with open arms – and that means all religions and sexual preferences. I found the atmosphere to be very welcoming of everyone- including LGBT guests (which I have been to other events that were not so friendly) . I overheard one woman crying with joy that she loved attending the ball because she has “never felt so welcome anywhere before.”

The Michigan Midwest Witches Ball has become a must attend event for me- and I bring new friends with me every year. I am looking forward to 2014- “Into the Woods” we go.




Copyright: Roxanne Rhoads 2013



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