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Decades Ball: The 1890s

calendar iconMonday, March 2, 2020


Monday, March 2, 2020

583 Park Avenue, New York City


6:30 pm: Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
7:30 pm: Dinner with words and music

1890s Costume or Festive Dress


Simon Winchester


This majestic evening benefits the educational mission of Lapham’s Quarterly and provides core support to carry on the work of the magazine. The evening’s performances include:


Actor Christopher Lloyd
reading from William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech

Actor Alec Baldwin
reading Mark Twain’s “Letter from the Recording Angel”

Celebrated soprano Angel Blue
singing an aria from La Bohème


MacArthur Fellow Reginald R. Robinson
performing two ragtime classics


Great-granddaughter of Caroline Astor Jacqueline Astor Drexel 
reading from “Mrs. Astor Speaks”


Actor Marsha Mason
performing a scene from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest


Humorist Fran Lebowitz
reading from Lewis Carroll’s Symbolic Logic


To purchase tickets, please click here, email, or call the Decades Ball office at (212) 590-6874.


The Decades Ball is the annual gala event presented by Lapham’s Quarterly, bringing together friends and readers of the magazine, celebrated writers and performers, and devoted patrons. Guests are treated to performances of timeless readings and songs from the decade in the limelight, a menu featuring period food and drink, and rousing company the New York Times compared to “dedicated revelers at a Gatsby party.”


To view photos from previous Decades Balls, click below.


An image from the 1920s ballAn image from the 1950s ballAn image from the 1870s ballAn image from the 1780s ballAn image from the 1910s ball