The 2015 Tape & Tarp Ball ended up being held on the hottest day of summer (who would have thought May would be such a broiler?), with competition from an unexpected new event held in town, the Bacon Festival, so our attendance was way down from our normal jam-packed numbers, but the costumes were astoundingly good, the best we’ve ever had, and the music, provided by The Skidmarks, was superb! Photographs are on the JTEL’s website.
This year our T-shirts were provided by Nomadic Stars, offering water-based eco-friendly screen printing, and featuring a design of a mud boot and Jamie Smith’s line drawing cartoon of a somewhat startled dog reading Howl.
Door prizes! Entrants in the costume contest are automatically eligible for door prizes. Must be present to win. There were so many excellent costumes, and almost everyone came in costume, so we ended up giving everybody a door prize.
The following businesses generously donated prizes for the costume contest: Ester Hatworks, Gulliver’s Books, Judie Gumm Designs, Ursa Major Distilling, Water Wagon. Please support your local economy and the generosity and community spirit of your Ester-area businesspeople. Thank you!
Many thanks go to our volunteers, without whom the 2015 Tape & Tarp Ball could not have been accomplished: Kate Billington, Amy Cameron, the Friends of the Ester Library, Deirdre Helfferich, Joseph N. Hall, Hannah C. Hill, Mimi Hill, Glenn Juday, Max, Hans Mölders, James Rogan, Ed and Nannette Rouleau, Phil Rulon, Jasmine Stokes, and to everyone else who got the word out and showed up to help. And of course, to The Skidmarks for providing such fine music, the Blue Loon for an excellent venue, and Josh Bennet and Sound Reinforcement Specialists for helping us out with a last-minute emergency sound SNAFU when the sound person we’d arranged for had to leave the state for a family emergency.