M A D A M E ' S M A S Q U E R A D E
October 27th, 2016 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
On July 17th, 1865, Eliza Jumel passed from this plane to the next. In anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, we the surviving staff invite you to celebrate the life of this vivacious woman. We respectfully request that your garb reflect this solemn occasion; widow's weeds and appropriate mourning attire are encouraged. Libations and refreshments will be provided while live music throughout the evening will encourage the conjuring of spirits. Your presence will assist in the preservation and reinterpretation of Madame Jumel's French Parlor and Bedchamber.
Details of the Evening
Guest of Honor: Leanna Renee Hieber
Actress, playwright, artist and award-winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber has written ten Gothic Victorian Paranormal novels for adults and teens, set in 1880s New York City and London. Leanna is a devoted advocate for the museum and its mission, having held several of her book launches at Morris-Jumel. She is the introductory author in the newly published anthology about the Mansion and she is eager to share the magic of the house with attendees of the gala. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and leads ghost tours through Manhattan with Boroughs of the Dead. Active on Twitter @LeannaRenee, learn more about her work at http://leannareneehieber.com
Music Guests & Seance
Live music to conjure the spirits of the past in the newly appointed dining room provided by performance duo J. & Grace throughout the evening.
Guests attending at the DEAR FRIENDS and MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY levels will participate in an intimate séance led by Jesse Bravo, in an attempt to contact Madame Jumel herself. Jesse is the premiere celebrity on Psychic in NYC who has been featured on MTV, in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, VICE Magazine and Associated Press.
Handcrafted Artisan Masks
Guests attending at the MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY level will also receive a custom made leather mask created by artist Kenny Harris, a contemporary installation artist from Syracuse, NY, whose mask designs were inspired by architectural elements of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.