Queen Mary Art Deco Festival

Labor Day Weekend – September 2-5, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, presented by the RMS Queen Mary Foundation in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, 2005, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Festival is expected to become an annual Labor Day Weekend event for the historic ship, long considered an Art Deco treasure. The proceeds from all activities will benefit conservation and restoration of the impressive collection of original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner. More information is available at www.queenmary.com or www.adsla.org, or by calling (562) 435-3511. Art Deco attire is encouraged.

Adults tickets are $29.95 — Seniors and Military $26.95 — Children (5-11) $18.95. Tickets include all activities in the Art Deco Bazaar and the Vintage Car Show, the Queen Mary Self Guided Shipwalk Tour, two Guided Historic Tours, the Ghosts & Legends Show and the Scorpion Submarine. Tickets for the Tours, Lectures and Film Festival may be purchased separately at $10 each, but an Art Deco Festival General Admission is required. Multi-day and hotel packages are also available.

Activities will include a Friday evening welcome reception sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles; an Art Deco Ball, preceded by a Silent Auction, and Sunday Brunch and Tea Dancing. A Bazaar in the Exhibit Hall will feature dancing to recorded Art Deco classics all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as Art Deco vendors buying and selling vintage merchandise. Six lectures will share information about everything from ship interiors to textiles to design, architecture and “How to Dress Deco.” The Art Deco Film Festival will present “Dinner at 8,” “Top Hat,” The Big Broadcast of 1938″ and “Metropolis.” Art Deco walking tours will explore the Queen Mary, historic downtown Long Beach, and the Wilshire District and Union Station in Los Angeles. There will be a vintage car show, dance lessons and book signings.

The Festival will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1925 Paris Exposition, birthplace of the Art Deco movement, and celebrate the Queen Mary’s 70th Anniversary Season that began last year with the anniversary of her launch and naming (September 26, 1934) at Clydebank, Scotland, and continues through 2006 with the 70th anniversary of her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City (May 27-June 1, 1936).

Organizations participating in planning for the event are Long Beach Heritage, the Historical Society of Long Beach, the Steamship Historical Society of America, Southern California Chapter and others.

For more information about the Queen Mary attractions, hotel, restaurants, banquet and meeting facilities or group rates, the public may call (562) 435-3511 or visit the Queen Mary at www.queenmary.com. Also home to Tibbie’s Dinner Theater, the Laugh is Hope Comedy Club and the Globe of America Academy for Dramatic Arts, the Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway at the south end of the 710 Freeway, on the water in Long Beach, California.

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