The gala will showcase the historic Masonic Hall in the Wolf Building at 120 East Main St. (above Candy Depot). Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
The event features an elegant five-course meal catered by Copper Top Bake Shop, complimentary punch with hors d’oeuvres and two glasses of wine or sparkling juice with dinner. There will be a cash bar for beverages during the dancing. Live music will be provided by John J. Kowalski and local ballroom dancers, Keith and Terry Robinson, will provide a dance demonstration and lesson.
E. M. Wolf constructed the building in 1897 to house his men’s clothing store. During construction, Masonic Lodge members asked Wolf to add a third floor for their lodge rooms. While changes were made through the years to the storefronts, the third floor had not been used in many years — other than a karate studio in one room for a time in the 1980s — so the beautiful woodwork and proportions of the space have been preserved.
The current owners purchased the building in the mid-90s and went to work. All of the woodwork leading to and throughout the third floor was restored. Floors in the ballroom had to be leveled, and all new systems installed to resurrect the space as a dance studio. Work continued for more than a year.
Proceeds from the dinner-dance will benefit the historical society’s Tremont House Restoration Project. The 1846 Tremont House is the only National Register-listed building in downtown Bellevue. It is hoped that the Tremont House will one day house the society’s rich collection of Bellevue artifacts. Plans call for the Tremont House’s third-floor ballroom to be restored to its former glory.
Tickets are available at Copper Top, Hunter’s Needs, and Russell’s Garden Center and Gifts or by e-mailing [email protected] Seating is limited. Reservations are due by April 8.