Celebrate the arts at the Black Opal Masquerade Ball

By on October 10, 2017

Funk You promises to keep the audience on its feet during the Dare Arts Council’s annual fundraiser.

The largest art party of the year, Dare County Arts Council’s Black Opal Masquerade Ball, will be held from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion in Manteo.

Hailing from Augusta, Ga., six-piece band Funk You will headline Black Opal with a crowd-captivating performance, keeping everyone on the dance floor with its fusion of funk, jam, rock, and progressive music. The band will be accompanied by an energy-driven horn section.

“Funk You is extremely excited about playing at the Black Opal Masquerade Ball,” said Funk You’s drummer Will Clark. “It gives us great pleasure to help benefit the arts in Dare County. We highly encourage everyone to pursue the arts in all of its forms. We are looking forward to playing at this great event, and can’t wait to boogie down with everyone.”


Delicious, upscale, street-style food and an open bar by Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, magical décor by Nancy Harvey of Holiday House, and a silent auction full of fine art and exclusive packages will complement the evening’s entertainment.

“Our silent auction this year is brimming with awesome items, from overnight stays at The Castle Bed and Breakfast in Ocracoke to gift cards to the best restaurants the Outer Banks has to offer,” said Molly Marks, a member of the Dare County Arts Council and its Black Opal committee.

“Our unique packages of donated items, like our wedding planning package, children’s package, and a home care package, coupled with art donated by our wonderful artists in Dare County and beyond make the Black Opal silent auction something you won’t want to miss. Let the bidding begin!” Marks added.

Black Opal guests are encouraged to embrace the “costumed spectacle” by wearing their own creative attire — whether it is a black tie, a masquerade mask, or a completely wild, artistically inspired costume.

Presented by TowneBank, the Black Opal Masquerade Ball is the perfect opportunity for the Outer Banks community and visitors to enjoy an inclusive evening while celebrating and supporting the arts.


“Dare County Arts Council has been a vital part of the Outer Banks community for more than 40 years, working to develop, encourage, and enhance the arts, ” said Taylor Sugg, TowneBank North Carolina president. “TowneBank is honored to sponsor the Black Opal Masquerade Ball.”

Black Opal is Dare County Arts Council’s annual fundraiser, which enables the nonprofit organization to fulfill its mission to support working and student artists, promote the visual and performing arts, and host an abundance of entertainment and arts programming each year.

There are limited tickets left for Black Opal, so be sure to secure yours soon. Tickets are $125 per person and are available online at Dare Arts Black Opal, Brown Paper Tickets, and at Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo. Guests may reserve tables of eight for $1,500.


As the event’s Michelangelo sponsor, TowneBank is supporting Dare County Arts Council’s new Emerging Artists Series, which spotlights four up-and-coming artists on the Outer Banks. The four artists (Pete Erickson, Jessie Taylor, Anna Doll and Kelly Cassady) will attend Black Opal on behalf of TowneBank’s generous support. TowneBank also supports the Power of Art program, which is designed to give those with disabilities the opportunity to create and make critical decisions through unique art programs and events.

Black Opal’s Degas sponsor is Outer Banks Blue Realty. Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, PNC Bank, Carolina Designs Realty, Midgett Insurance, and SAGA Realty & Construction are the event’s Warhol sponsors.

For more information about Black Opal, call (252)473-5558 or visit Dare Arts Black Opal.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

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