Avalon Ball Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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HOW DO I BOOK MY FERRY TICKETS?

Ferry tickets are available 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 Saturday special Avalon Ball 11:00 p.m. ferry, please make sure you book your tickets from the Long Beach Downtown Landing. You then select the 11 PM "Avalon Ball" return boat on their website.

In the past, parking has been $17 per 24 hours at the Long Beach Downtown Landing Parking lot. Please be aware that  parking fees are not under the ADSLA’s control so plan accordingly.

SOMETHING CAME UP, MAY I HAVE A REFUND?

These tickets are transferable, so if you find someone who will buy your ticket, you can easily change the name on the ticket. Since this is a fundraiser, we hope you will consider the ticket(s) as a donation to help with ADSLA’s preservation goals. Please note that ADSLA does not refund tickets, but you can opt for a refund through Brown Paper Tickets.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? DO I HAVE TO WEAR VINTAGE?

Vintage or vintage-inspired clothing is encouraged and admired, but certainly not required.  

For women we recommend cocktail or full-length dresses.

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

WHERE AND HOW DO I CHECK IN FOR THE BALL?

Brown Paper Tickets will mail your ticket(s) to you. Please bring this with you to the ball. Once doors open at 5:45 p.m. for members and 6:00 p.m. for nonmembers, you just need to show your physical ticket(s) to get in.

Should you lose or forget to bring your physical ticket(s), please check in at the ADSLA check-in table at the Casino entry and they can look you up on our master ticket list.

At 5:00 p.m., our volunteer staff will be outside the Casino Ballroom to address any questions or issues. If you have reserved a table, please check in at the ADSLA check-in table at the Casino entry to confirm your early entry.

There will be a designated ADSLA Member line and a Non-Member line. ADSLA Members will be let in first, at 5:45 p.m., along with reserved table guests. The rest of the attendees will be let in starting at 6:00 pm.

HOW DO I RESERVE A TABLE?

Table reservations will be offered via the ADSLA website for an additional charge. All tables are reserved. Contrary to past practice, there will be no tables available for open seating. The small bar tables on the periphery of the ballroom are not reserved and are open seating.

We are working with the Ballroom management to significantly increase the number of chairs available that are not associated with a table. While there is no way to reserve a chair other than to buy a table, we hope to make general, open seating, accomodate most of our patrons.

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 5:45/6:00 p.m. There are a limited number of electric plugs for curling irons, hair dryers, etc.. If you want to change earlier, you may use a public restroom on the island or arrange with a friend who has a hotel room where you can change.

WHERE CAN I PUT MY STUFF WHILE DANCING?

There is a complimentary coat check on the second floor of the Casino. You will see it on your way up to the ballroom and it is conveniently located just outside of the ladies lounge. We encourage you to check all of your bags, coats, and hats (except small purses and cameras).

A Casino staff member will be stationed at the coat check during the event should you need to access your personal belongings during the dance.

DO YOU SERVE FOOD?

The bar in the ballroom sometimes offers a variety of light fare, but does not provide dinner. We recommend that you budget some time to patronize and dine at one of the many restaurants in Avalon before the ball. They range from fast food stands to elegant sit-down restaurants.

For restaurant info, go to http://web.catalinachamber.com/Dining/Restaurants

This year there will be an extra perk to those with reserved tables. You may order at the bar, and your order will be delivered to your table!

ARE DRINKS AVAILABLE?

Yes, there is a full bar that accepts cash and Visa/MC.

WHAT IS THE DANCE FLOOR LIKE?

The dance floor may be either very slippery or very sticky, depending on the temperature and other variables. We recommend that you bring some dance shoe options 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 band will play the music of the 1920s and 30s. Most will be in 4-4 time and suitable to Foxtrot and (the more uptempo selections) Swing/Charleston styles. There will also be some Waltz, Tango and Rumba as well as our legendary Conga line.

DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO DANCE TO ATTEND?

No, many non-dancers attend to enjoy the atmosphere and socialize. We do ask those who are not dancing to stay off the dance floor.for safety reasons. During band breaks, we will be offering some complimentary introductory dance lessons, so you can learn a few steps and try it!

We will also offer, in the weeks before the ball, a couple of dance class/mixers where you can learn the basics you need to know to take to the floor and perhaps find dance partners for the evening of the dance.

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, and many people come stag. As usual with such events, there tend to be a 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.

As was done all the time in the Jazz Age, it's also perfectly fine for women to dance with other women.

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 varies from $3 to $8 a bag.

I AM STAYING FOR THE WEEKEND AT CATALINA, ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT ADSLA WILL BE PLANNING?

Yes. There will be a gathering on Friday evening, a silent movie on Saturday afternoon and other gatherings and activities on Sunday.

I DON'T WANT TO WALK BACK TO THE TERMINAL IN MY DANCING SHOES (IT'S ABOUT A 10-MINUTE WALK). WHAT ARE MY ALTERNATIVES?

A cab ride from the Casino to the ferry terminal costs around $12. Catalina Cab Co. Phone 310-510-0025. Otherwise, change into more comfortable walking shoes and take in the beautiful night view while you stroll back to the boat or hotel.

Any other questions or concerns that we haven’t answered here, please feel free to email us at artdeco@adsla.org

SEE YOU ON THE ISLAND!