Royal Ball Weekend at The Strong March 5 & 6

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

February 8, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

Royal Ball Weekend
at The Strong Museum
March 5 & 6

Sound the trumpets! The Queen of Play requests your presence at the Royal Ball at The Strong museum on Saturday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come dressed in your most regal attire, meet Her Majesty the Queen, and be whisked away to a faraway land for a weekend of live music, pageantry, and dancing.

On Saturday only, enjoy Rochester Lyric Opera’s production of Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, a one-act opera for the whole family, at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. The humorous tale tells the story of Little Red, Granny, the Wolf, and Little Red’s mother when one big misunderstanding leads to one very unusual day.

All weekend long, enjoy sprightly dance tunes and soaring melodies from Nonesuch Early Music Ensemble. Ensemble performers include Pat Hanley on recorders, gamba, portative organ and percussion instruments; John Heyer on the hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and recorders; and Mary Durand on dulcimer and small percussion instruments.

          Also, all weekend long:

  • Embark on magical quests and be knighted by the Queen of Play.
  • Meet the and receive bejeweled gift.
  • Improve your hand-eye coordination with Nerf “archery” in Sherwood Forest.
  • Stop by Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a courtly hairdo.
  • Enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table.
  • Create your own majestic attire and adornments, including crowns and family crests.
  • Try on real chainmail armor (and see how heavy it is!).

All Royal Ball activities are included with general museum admission fees.

Image courtesy of Michael Fisher.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.