There are many signs around Cleveland that spring is on its way. Maybe you notice them while driving through the Metroparks, or how people slowly start to come out of hibernation. For me, that first signal of spring is the anticipation of another Jump Back Ball, hosted by PlayhouseSquare’s Partners.
I’ve attended this event in 2013 and in 2011, and been kept up-to-date on the plans for this year by the kind crew at PlayhouseSquare as well as a few of the Partners themselves. So without more hold up, here’s what you should know before you go to the 2014 Jump Back Ball:
Pre-game for the party — by taking it easy.
This tip comes from Amanda at Clue Into Cleveland, a Jump Back Ball veteran. Sure, the event is on a Saturday, so you might be tempted to do a bunch of errands, clean your house or take a three hour yoga workshop (no, just me?) earlier that day. Just remember that you’ll be partying the night away so you’ll want to save some energy. Why not catnap instead?
Eat up the food by some of Cleveland’s finest culinary minds.
If you treated yourself to VIP tickets, Dante Boccuzzi has a lovely spread in store for you in the Palace Theatre during the early hours of the event. (Check out Dante on Fox 8 promoting the event here - and yes, I will be making that polenta recipe at home.) On the main stage, Driftwood Restaurant Group – lead by NEO favorites Scott Kuhn and Chris Hodgson – is ready to treat you to quite the meal. We’re going to eat so well on Saturday, so maybe sneak in some cardio on Friday!
Tap into your inner actor and own center stage.
This is your opportunity to see what the view of the State Theatre looks like from the main stage – one of my favorite component of galas held at PlayhouseSquare. Upon arrival to the main event, head straight into the theater and right up those stairs to bask in the stage lights while sipping your martini (shaken, not stirred, OF COURSE) with your fellow party go-ers.
Take time to enjoy the custom made scenery.
Volunteers deck out the theatre spaces with decorations that rival professional set designs. It’s one of my favorite parts of how their supporters pull together to create a unique event while getting in touch with their artistic sides. Again, head over to Clue Into Cleveland for a sneak peek on this year’s decor.
Admire some fun fashions and charactered costumes.
Even this yoga pants enthusiast buckled down and found a special outfit for a night of dressing up – thanks to the non-profit for the shout out in this post this week and for sharing my Instagram photo. It’s not too late for you to jump in on the costumed fun: here’s another PlayhouseSquare blog post with some ideas you can still pull off.
There’s a bar in the ladies’ restroom.
You’ll thank me for this when the lines at the main stage are a bit longer then the ones for the restroom stalls. I have no idea if there’s one in the men’s. Perhaps this year I should have Hans report back, ha!
Bring your dancing shoes.
…because you’ll be dancing all night to the sounds of Your Villain My Hero on the main stage and Pop Rocks in the lobby towards the end of the evening. Also because who doesn’t love a good dance party?!
Find yourself an invite to a JBB after party.
Just cause the ticket says the event goes until 12AM doesn’t mean that the party ends. Make some friends and before you know it, you might be somewhere else other than home by 12:30!
Still looking for more tips? Check out PlayhouseSquare’s first timers guide which includes all the important things you need to know. Stay up-to-date with all of their happenings and events – follow PlayhouseSquare on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare, on Instagram at @playhousesquare or by searching the hashtag #JBB23.
So the big question: who will I see this Saturday night at JBB23?
Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSquare to serve as an official blogger for the 2014 Jump Back Ball event and to help promote the event and related happenings. In exchange for sharing information and purchasing one event ticket, I will receive one complimentary ticket to the February 22, 2014 event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.