Queen Mary to host Art Deco Festival

The Fourth Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival aboard the historic ocean liner is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, August 29–September 1, 2008. The festival, which premiered in 2005, is being presented by the Queen Mary in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation efforts of the “Unicorns in Battle” mural in the Queen’s Salon.
Co-chairs of the event are Long Beach historical advocate John Thomas, vice president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and chairman of the Queen Mary Leadership Coalition, and various members of the Queen Mary.
The best way to become fully immersed in this colorful weekend is to purchase the Grand Art Deco Passport. The cost is $650 for two or $464 for one for this comprehensive package. It includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe Stateroom (additional nights are $139), a Friday night Welcoming Reception in the Verandah Grill hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, a Friday night Pajama Party in the Queen’s Salon, seven lectures– four Saturday and three Sunday, The Queen Mary Art Deco Guided Walking Tour, the fabulous Saturday evening Art Deco Ball featuring Mora’s Modern Rhythmists, and a Sunday afternoon Tea Dance in the Queen’s Salon.
The package also includes the Queen Mary self-guided Historic Tour, two-day admission to the Art Deco Bazaar and Marketplace and a Vintage Car Display.
The package does not include the Long Beach Art Deco Walking Tour ($20), hotel room tax or parking fees.
Lecture topics will include art deco architecture, the golden age of travel, fashions of the art deco period and art deco industrial design. Art Deco attire is encouraged but not required.
For those who only wish to spend the day aboard the ship or attend specific events, on Saturday and Sunday, Queen Mary general admission will include the Art Deco Bazaar and Marketplace, admission to the Saturday and Sunday Art Deco Lectures and the Vintage Car Display in addition to the Queen Mary self-guided Historic Tour and the Ghosts & Legends Show.
General Admission is $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors 55-plus and military, and $12.95 for children under 12.
Individual admission to the elaborate Art Deco Ball, which includes a reception and gourmet dinner in addition to a full orchestra and dancing, is $139 per person. The Friday evening pajama party is $10 per person and the Sunday Tea Dance is $25.
For detailed information about the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival or the Queen Mary Foundation call (562) 435-3511 or go to www.queenmary.com. To learn more about the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, go to www.adsla.org.

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