Having a ball

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Those who tear off to singles balls at Middlemarch or on Stewart Island now have somewhere closer to go. 

Arrowtowners Allie Blair-Hourston and Bridget Paape are organising what’s understood to be the Wakatipu’s first singles ball. 

However they’re calling the event – at the Arrowtown Hall on September 17 – a bachelor and bachelorettes’ ball. 

“I think ‘singles ball’ turns people off,” Blair-Hourston says. 

The event is open for over-30s only – “when you get to 30-plus, you’re a bit over the pub scene”. 

Blair-Hourston is confi­dent of a sell-out: “Queens­town, Wakatipu, being such a transient place, it is hard to make connections with people. 

“Often they don’t stay here for long so it’s very nice to give people an opportunity to meet other people in the same age group and perhaps make some sort of connection. 

“We’re also advertising in Dunedin, Invercargill, unfortunately Gore, against my better judgement, Cromwell, Alexandra and Wanaka.” 

The dress code is cocktail, and the ticket price $65, which includes continuous nibbles and the first drink.
All-woman Invercargill band Lipstick is providing the entertainment. 

Blair-Hourston: “There’s no set format. 

“We hope people once they’ve had a couple of drinks will get up and dance and mingle a bit, but we’re not going to play any matchmaking games or try to make people talk to each other – you create your own fun. 

“It’s not a date service – if that happens, it’s fantastic, but it’s not the line we’re going down.” 

People are asked to specify their gender when they buy a ticket – at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum. 

“I think guys may have this perception there won’t be many women but I think there will be lots of women,” Blair-Hourston says.