Free Outdoor Festival Handicap Accessible and Leashed Pet Friendly! See our FAQ for more info. stars Saturday, 6 May & Sunday, 7 May 2017, 10am to 5pm and presenting our Grand Victorian Ball at the Grand Ledge Opera House, Saturday, 6 May 2017, 7pm. Tickets are limited! Sponsored By

Grand Victorian Ball

We welcome Mr Jim McKinney!

We're thrilled to announce that the exceptionally talented Mr Jim McKinney of the Golden Griffon will be joining us as Dance Prompter this year.

Mr McKinney brings a wealth of experience and talent to our event, and we're very excited to have him. You can learn more about his accomplishments by reading his profile at the Golden Griffon Stringtet website.

Jim McKinney at Marshall

We are thoroughly pleased to announce that this year we will host our third annual Grand Victorian Ball at the beautiful and historic Grand Ledge Opera House!

Join us to celebrate the romance and glamour of the height of the Victorian era with dance, merriment, and friends both old and new.


Saturday, 6 May 2017
7pm to 11pm
the Opera House, Grand Hall
Corner of Bridge and River Streets, Grand Ledge, Michigan

Ticket prices

$25 per ticket, early price
$30 per ticket, after 29 March 2017
Admission includes:
  • Grand announcement on entrance (as was done at high society balls)
  • Entry ticket for door prizes
  • Hors d'oeuvres, finger foods, & desserts
  • Gift bag
Tickets will go on sale soon.
Watch this page or our Facebook for updates, or call Sylvania at 517.316.6694 to be notified when they are available.


The event will be a formal dress ball; period dress is, of course, encouraged, but is by no means necessary. For non-period wear, dress should be as you'd be comfortable wearing to a fancy party.
Expect to see ladies and gentlemen in ball attire from eras spanning the Civil War (1860s) through High Victorian/Late Bustle era (1880s), which is in keeping with the overall spirit of our festival.
Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be in attendance, and guests may join a procession to be presented to the royal couple during the evening.
The Great Lakes Chamber Players, a live string ensemble, will delight you with period music appropriate for ballroom dancing.
Your ticket includes a souvenir Victorian dance card with which you may queue up your dance partners.
Those not inclined to dance will find other light amusements and plenty of opportunities for socialising.
Some dances will be called by the talented and experienced dance prompter Mr James McKinney.
The evening will include plenty of variety, and Mr McKinney will put even the most inexperienced dancer at ease.
McNeilly Photography Studio will offer portrait photography with beautiful backdrops to capture your special moments.
Head up to the balcony and have your portrait captured by award-winning photographer, Mr James McNeilly, who will then use the wizardry of modern technology to place you in the setting of your choosing, giving you a wonderful keepsake of your evening at the ball.
A wonderful and Victorian-appropriate spread of Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by A Catered Affaire.
Finger-food type dishes & desserts, suitable for wandering and mingling.
We will also have a cash bar.
Wine, beer, soft drinks, water, etc. will be available to purchase.
Drawings for door prizes will be held during the evening.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer for one of our open positions, don't hesitate to call Sylvania at 517.316.6694 or email

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