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Event will celebrate different eras of Claremont's history from 1914-1944


CLAREMONT — The Claremont 250th Committee is kicking off 2014 with a look back at several different eras in the city's history at The Retro Ball on May 3.

The Retro Ball is planned to take place at the Common Man Inn and Restaurant on Water Street from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

The evening will feature a tour of the music, food, dancing, and events from the pre-World War I to World War II eras.

"We're going to be focusing on the years 1914 to 1944," said Melissa Richmond, a member of the Claremont 250th anniversary Committee. "Guests will be asked to dress from one of those periods, outfits from those eras."

The evening will transition through those eras, starting with cocktails, appetizers and music that would have been popular in 1914.

Dinner is planned to be 1920s-themed.

"The salad, for example, is a Waldorf salad, which was popular in that era," Richmond said.

When dessert is served, the evening will have transitioned into the early 1940s, which was wartime for the United States, so the desserts served will be ones made without eggs.

Setting the right historical tone musically will be soprano Angela Biggs, vocalist and pianist John Lovejoy and the band Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets will go on sale this week and cost $85 for one or $160 for a pair.

All proceeds benefit the Claremont 250th Celebration's events throughout 2014.

Only 180 tickets will be sold, Richmond said.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Claremont Spice and Dry Goods, The Claremont Chamber of Commerce and the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center.

mpierce@newstote.com

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