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Turning 10 is a big deal

A blog from our awesome Membership Manager Rebecca:

Entering the double digits means you are officially an Adult—or at least it did to me when I turned 10. In fact I have never felt as old or as mature as I did that year, and I celebrated in style, with a “fancy” birthday party. I sent my 10 closest friends invitations on scrolls—paper rolled up in recycled paper towel tubes and sent through the mail—and donned my favorite outfit, a turquoise dress that was several sizes too big for me, my Dorothy-inspired ruby red slippers, and a molting white boa that left a tell-tail trail of feathers everywhere I went. The best part was the meal; my dad and 7-year-old brother dressed up in tuxedoes and served us home-made macaroni and cheese and a two-tiered birthday cake. It was, in my 10-year-old estimation, the most grown-up, fabulous party ever.

This year MASS MoCA is turning 10, and we’re planning to celebrate with a similarly enthusiastic mix of high and low. The Hunter Center will be totally transformed for the ball. I can’t reveal much, but look for feathers used to much better effect than at my 10th birthday.

If you have never heard Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, you should check out their MySpace page. It’s hard to describe how awesome and danceable they are, except to say that they were one of the artists of the week at the Amoeba store in Berkeley a couple of years ago, and they quickly became favorites of me, my brother, and my dad—pretty impressive since our musical tastes are totally different.

My 10th birthday is still the best party I’ve ever thrown, but the MASS MoCA 10th anniversary ball is looking like it’s going to be a close second. The best part about being 10 is that you get to straddle the line between being grown up and being a kid, and you can unashamedly do what you want. It makes for a great party.

P.S. It seems like everyone has a good story about turning 10. My brother’s party involved a trip to the hospital. If you had a spectacular party or a crazy adventure, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

Posted April 28, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Music, Parties, Staff, Support MASS MoCA
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One Comment on “Turning 10 is a big deal”

  1. John Diehl Says:

    Congrats on the 10th anniversary! It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been out to the MOCA but loved it while I was there.

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