A blog from our awesome Membership Manager Rebecca:
Entering the double digits means you are officially an Adultâ€”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 â€śfancyâ€ť birthday party. I sent my 10 closest friends invitations on scrollsâ€”paper rolled up in recycled paper towel tubes and sent through the mailâ€”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 weâ€™re planning to celebrate with a similarly enthusiastic mix of high and low. The Hunter Center will be totally transformed for the ball. I canâ€™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. Itâ€™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 dadâ€”pretty impressive since our musical tastes are totally different.
My 10th birthday is still the best party Iâ€™ve ever thrown, but the MASS MoCA 10th anniversary ball is looking like itâ€™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 brotherâ€™s party involved a trip to the hospital. If you had a spectacular party or a crazy adventure, Iâ€™d love to hear about it in the comments section.