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Eight-Thirteen Ball

Celebrate Literature and Support Community Literacy

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Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8-11 p.m. at the Artisphere

The Friends of the Arlington Public Library present the Eight-Thirteen Ball – a literary-themed social event created to raise money for the Library’s Early Literacy initiatives – at the Arlington Artisphere.

The Eight-Thirteen Ball gets its name from the Dewey Decimal Classification for American Fiction: 813. Our inaugural theme is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” and prizes will be awarded for the best 1920s-style attire.

Tickets can be purchased from the Friends of the Library for $30 each.


Highlights of the Ball include:

  • Girl on Moon 813 Ball1920s music performed by the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington
  • Fidgety Feet - D.C.’s premier Lindy Hop dance troupe – will demonstrate 1920s dances
  • Master of Ceremonies Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t
  • Canapes served reminiscent of the time
  • Silent auction to benefit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new early literacy initiative designed to encourage families, teachers, childcare providers, and librarians to read with children from birth and beyond
  • Prizes awarded for the best 1920s-style attire
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase with credit or debit card