The bands have been booked, the food’s been arranged, and the items that will appear on the auction block are awe-inspiring.
“We are all systems go!,” says Rafael Ortega, the event’s chief organizer.
With a year’s experience under his beak and already having dealt with a difficult situation (last year’s grooming house stampede), Ortega says he’s ready for anything but “expecting nothing out of the ordinary” this year.
“This year will make last year look like it was a rehearsal,” he says, as he struts around his office.
Claiming that he has “assurances” from The Park’s grooming houses that they’re prepared for the onslaught of pre-Ball customers, he says he can relax for a week or two before gearing up again in May.
“There is no chance that we will see a repeat of last year’s tragedy,” he states firmly. “We had no idea how successful the event would be in its inaugural year, nor how hungry Park Animals were for a more formal post-Winter celebration.”
Indeed, he believes, this year’s attendance should be even higher, given the difficult Winter The Park experienced this year.
“We’re looking forward to higher numbers, more fun, and even more funding for the cause of Avian aid,” he says.
The Park’s second annual Fowl Ball will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Tickets go on sale April 15 and will be available at all Park retailers, as well as at the Ancient, Open-Air Theatre.