Tickets are going on sale now for the inaugural Mardi Gras Ball coming to Kingwood Feb. 19.
The lavish affair is being coordinated by the first Krewe de Bon Femme (crew of good women) of the Kingwood Women’s Club.
“As they like to say in Cajun French — ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler’ which translates ‘Let the good times roll,’” said Kathy Adkins, the club’s ways and means chairwoman.
Adkins, who has Louisiana roots, explained that Mardi Gras historically is the time for merrymakers to feast and celebrate before Lent.
“The Mardi Gras season starts Jan. 6, or the 12th night after Christmas, known as the epiphany — the day the wise men visited the baby Jesus in the manger,” she said. “And Mardi Gras ends March 2 at the start of Lent, or the 40 days of fasting and penance before Easter.”
Mardi Gras masks of all kinds are encouraged but optional. Women are to wear cocktail or ballgowns for this affair. Men’s attire will be suits or tuxedos.
Mardi Gras beads will be plentiful and each guest will receive a signature medallion especially made for this inaugural event.
The ball is being held at the Kingwood Country Club which will be glittering with festive decorations in purple, green and gold.
Music for dancing will be provided by Micky Hobbs, a well-known entertainer who performs all over the Houston-Galveston area. “His versatility to play all styles and types of music makes him a real crowd pleaser,” said Adkins.
Appetizers will be served when the cash bar opens at 7 p.m. followed by a sumptuous Cajun buffet at 8 p.m. and then dancing will continue until 11:30 p.m.
The food will not disappoint, said Doris Amy, one of the event organizers.
She said it features everything from blackened red fish smothered in crawfish wine butter and creamy Cajun chicken to gumbo and beignets with chocolate sauce.
“There will also be a traditional king cake,” said Adkins.
The cost is $100 per person. All proceeds go to the 10 local charities that serve the Lake Houston area.
“We are limited to 300 people and so the tickets will go fast,” she added.
For ticket information, visit kingwoodwomensclub.org. Tickets are also on sale at Atascocita Ace Hardware, Kingwood Garden Center and The Forest Collection.