Women’s Voices Milwaukee is inviting women to go “boo” and catch a beat at the Girls Ghostly Gala, a dance the group hopes to make a highlight on the fall social calendar.
The gala takes place on Oct. 27 at the Marian Center, 3211 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis, from 7 p.m. to midnight.
“This is one of the two major dances held each year in the lesbian community,” said WVM president Liz Doan. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to build it into the social event of the fall season.”
A fall women’s dance had been organized by Full Moon Productions and then, more recently, by Mary MacArthur in memory of Lynn Morgan, who died in 2008.
“One of Lynn’s wishes was an activity that wasn’t bar-focused for lesbian-identified women to have fun, be safe, and be themselves, and (she) left it to me to figure this out. Thus, I used her bequest seed money to startup the Halloween dance,” MacArthur said.
This year’s organizers plan a costume contest, prizes, a cash bar and treats for the event, which costs $10 per person and supports WVM’s mission to “entertain, inspire and heal through the power of choral music.”
Doan said the group hopes to see women from around the state, as well as northeastern Illinois, attend the gala, which takes place in a gymnasium at a center that once housed an all-girls’ Catholic school.
WiG caught up with Doan in mid-October, as plans were being finalized for the event.
WiG: How did WVM come to be the organizer of the gala?
Liz Doan: Women’s Voices Milwaukee was asked to take over the organization of this dance from Mary MacArthur. … Mary is a fan of WVM, knows several of our members and is aware of how we’ve been looking for ways to raise money to afford putting on a few concerts each year. She offered this opportunity as a fundraiser and we jumped at the chance.
Will Women’s Voices Milwaukee be performing?
Yes, we actually will. We have a special song we’ll be singing, with Diane Bloom accompanying us on guitar. I can’t tell you the song. People will have to come to the dance to hear us.
Is “The Monster Mash” on the playlist? What kind of dance steps should women be polishing?
We will definitely have “The Monster Mash” on the playlist. Chris Hill is our DJ, and she’s done a wonderful job playing music for the monthly Ladies Night Out events held at Hot Water. As for dance steps, I say let those feet follow the beat and I’m sure the dancing will flow all through the night.
So, a women’s dance taking place in the gym of a former all-girls Catholic high school. Do you think you’ll see a lot of Catholic school-girl costumes?
You know, I hadn’t thought about that. Thanks for the idea. One never knows.
There’s a couple little ghostly stories of phantom nuns associated with the Marian Center. Have you heard them?
Personally, I don’t think I’ve heard all of the stories. I might have heard one that had to do with their auditorium space for concerts. I guess if we’re in their gym we should be safe. Unless there is a story about the gym I don’t know about.