Avalon Ball Freqently Asked Questions

SOMETHING CAME UP, MAY I HAVE A REFUND?
Please note that all ticket sales are final. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization and the Avalon Ball is our major fundraiser for the year. This event helps support our ongoing preservation efforts in and around the Los Angeles area. The ADSLA policy is that for this particular fundraiser, we cannot offer refunds or accept cancellations, as we have already turned people away because of the spot you were taking. You are, however, free to sell or give your ticket to someone else, though we will not serve as an agent or go-between to help you do it. If we sell out (and we have the last three years), please note that we do not maintain a waiting list, and based on the difficulty getting over to Avalon, we discourage people coming to the door hoping to take advantage of a last minute cancellation.

HOW DO I BOOK MY FERRY TICKETS?
Ferry tickets are available now through Catalina Express. Please contact them at 1-800-481-3470 or book online at http://www.catalinaexpress.com/. If you are returning on the special Avalon Ball 11:00 p.m. return ferry, please make sure you book your tickets from the Long Beach Downtown Landing. You will probably need to make the reservation over the phone to book the late boat.

You may also need to explicitly ask for the 11 PM special boat for the night of the ball, as it may not display on the posted schedule.

Parking is $14 max per 24 hours.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? DO I HAVE TO WEAR VINTAGE?
Vintage or vintage inspired clothing is encouraged and admired, but certainly not required. We wish to emphasize that you should wear what makes you feel good.

For women we recommend vintage or modern cocktail or full-length dresses.

For men we recommend vintage or modern white tie and tails, tuxedo, white dinner jacket or suit.

For everyone we recommend comfortable dance shoes.

WHERE DO I CHECK IN FOR THE BALL?
Check-in for the ball will be between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at “Via Casino” Archway, which is in town, on the way to the Casino. It is after the roundabout and Antonio's Restaurant and before the Yacht Club. It is the only archway on the sidewalk. Once you check in, you can go have dinner or explore Avalon and go to the Casino at 6:00 p.m.

IS THERE SOMEWHERE ON THE ISLAND WHERE I CAN CHANGE MY CLOTHES?
On the second floor of the casino, there is a large ladies’ lounge and a small men’s lounge. Please note no one will be allowed into the building until 6:00 p.m. For the ladies’ lounge, please keep in mind that the lighting is not conducive for putting on makeup. There are a limited number of electric plugs for curling irons and such. If you want to change earlier, you may use a public restroom on the island.

WHERE CAN I PUT MY STUFF WHILE DANCING?
There is a complimentary coat check on the second floor of the casino. We encourage you to check all of your bags (except small purses and cameras).

DO YOU SERVE FOOD?
The bar in the ballroom offers a variety of bar snacks, but does not provide a real dinner. We recommend that you patronize one of the many restaurants in Avalon before the ball. They range from fast food stands to elegant sit-down restaurants. Or you can pack and bring your own picnic. Food is not allowed in the Casino. For restaurant info, go to http://web.catalinachamber.com/Dining/Restaurants

ARE DRINKS AVAILABLE?
Yes, there is a full cash bar. Complimentary water will be available, as well.

MAY I BRING MY CHILDREN?
While we have no minimum age, we do not encourage children to attend, and any who do must pay the full ticket price and behave as adults. It is the parents’ responsibility to watch them.

MAY I RESERVE A TABLE?
Yes. Tables are available and may be reserved by purchasing a sponsorship. Check the Brown Paper Tickets purchase page for this year's options.

If you have already purchased tickets to the Avalon Ball, but want to purchase a sponsorship table, we will apply your existing ticket purchase to the sponsorship. Please call us at 310-659-3326 to make these arrangements.

All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage guests to share tables and socialize. However, please note that members of ADSLA are admitted 15 minutes prior to non-members so they will get the first opportunity to grab a table. The dance floor is reserved for dancing.

WHAT IS THE DANCE FLOOR LIKE?
The dance floor may be either very slippery or very sticky. Unfortunately, we have no control over it. We recommend that you bring dance shoes that will work on either type of surface.

WILL YOU BE OBSERVING LINE OF DANCE?
A resounding Yes! We request that swing and other dancers who are doing spot dances gravitate towards the middle of the dance floor so that those doing traveling dances may move freely in a counter-clockwise direction around the dance floor.

WHAT DANCES WILL BE DANCED?
The program will include a mix of Foxtrots, Swing, Balboa, Charleston, Rumba, Waltz and Tango.

DO I HAVE TO DANCE TO ATTEND?
No, many non-dancers attend to enjoy the atmosphere and socialize.

MAY I BRING MY CAMERA AND TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?
Cameras are allowed and encouraged. We hope you share your photos with us!

DO I NEED TO BRING A PARTNER?
No, you don't need to bring a partner or a date. Lots of people come stag. As usual with such events, there tend to be few more women than men, so ladies would be well advised not to wait to be asked, but to feel free to ask gentlemen to dance.

I WANT TO SPEND THE DAY AT CATALINA. IS THERE SOMEWHERE I CAN PUT MY EVENING WEAR WHILE I EXPLORE THE ISLAND?
Yes, there is a luggage check at the Catalina Express terminal. The cost is from $3 to $8 a bag.

I DON'T WANT TO WALK BACK TO THE TERMINAL IN MY DANCING SHOES (IT'S ABOUT A TEN MINUTE WALK). WHAT ARE MY ALTERNATIVES?
A cab ride from the Casino to the ferry terminal costs around $8. Catalina Cab Co. Phone 310-510-0025 (most cell phones work on Catalina--check with your cell provider to confirm).


SEE YOU ON THE ISLAND!