Queen Mary Sails Back in Time for Art Deco Festival

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The annual Art Deco Festival boards the Queen Mary September 2-4, 2011.

Dust off your straw boaters and spectator pumps and join in some vintage-style fun as the Seventh Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival dances its way aboard the historic ocean liner September 2-4 in Long Beach. The festival, presented by the Queen Mary in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, celebrates the art, culture and architecture of this elegant age with a weekend full of tours, lectures, Art Deco Bazaar, Grand Art Deco Ball, Sunday afternoon tea dance and more.

The Art Deco weekend sets sail with a glamorous “Cocktails in Historic Places” welcome reception in the Verandah Grill. Music by the Swingsations and hors d’oeuvres will set the mood for what comes next: a pajama party! The spirit of a historic cruise aboard the Queen Mary will be in full sail as guests mix and mingle in vintage PJs and play deck games in the beautiful Queen’s Salon.

Art Deco Festival Events

The signature event of the weekend, the Grand Art Deco Ball, is the supreme representation of the Queen Mary’s golden age. Following a cocktail reception, guests will enjoy a splendid four-course meal in the Grand Salon, and dancing until midnight to the big band music of Dean Mora and the Queen Mary Orchestra. Proceeds from the ball will be used for the conservation and restoration of the original Birds of the Old World/Birds of the New World 1930s artwork located in the Grand Salon. Art Deco attire is admired, but not required.

Throughout the Art Deco Festival guests and visitors can enjoy lectures – including one by Craig Zehms, brand ambassador for Lalique, the famed French luxury glass maker– and walking tours touching on Art Deco architecture, fashion, society and movies, among other topics. The Art Deco Walking Tour of Long Beach is led by John Thomas, co-author of Long Beach Art Deco and president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. The Queen Mary Guided Art Deco Tour visits places aboard that the ship’s regular walking tour does not, and provides stories and information of particular interest to Decophiles.

An authentic afternoon tea dance in the Queen’s Salon on Sunday afternoon will provide the picture perfect finish. In between enjoying complimentary tea and light fare, guests can twirl around the dance floor to the song stylings of Grammy-award-winning artist Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys.

Tickets for the Art Deco Festival

The best way to step back in time during this festive weekend is to purchase the Grand Art Deco Passport. The cost is $650 for two and includes all of the weekend’s activities plus accommodations for two nights aboard the Queen Mary. For those who live nearby, the Day Cruise Package for two includes all the fun minus the overnight stay for $400.

For those who wish only to attend specific events on Saturday and Sunday, the Daily Boarding Pass includes general admission to the ship as well as admission to the Art Deco Bazaar, Art Deco lectures, vintage car display, Art Deco showcase and the Queen Mary’s 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 tickets may be purchased for the Pajama Party at $10; Art Deco Ball at $139; tea dance at $25; and Long Beach Walking Tour at $25.

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. For more information, visit http://queenmary.com/Art-Deco-Festival.aspx or call (800) 437-2934. To learn more about the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, go to www.adsla.org.

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