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The Central Coast State Parks Association is excited to announce our second annual gala event now that COVID-19 shutdowns are hopefully behind us. This year’s Butterfly Ball, the Monarch Masquerade, is scheduled for October 23, 2021 and will feature mixology, a silent auction, performances by the Civic Ballet and other special guests, a guided art experience, delectable dining, informative speakers, and dancing to local Americana band The Mother Corn Shuckers. Most importantly, funds from this event will support the preservation of the Western Monarch butterfly, an iconic and beloved species on the brink of extinction that overwinters in our local State Parks.

 

 

 

Pre-Party:

3 pm - 5 pm in the Courtyard at the Octagon Barn

Enjoy a guided painting experience local artist Jamie Dietze of Black Rabbit Studio, magical and mystical entertainment, drinks and appetizers, and early silent auction bidding on select items.

 

Monarch Masquerade: 

5 pm - 10 pm in the Octagon Barn

 

Timeline:

5 pm - 6:30 pm 

Silent Auction, Appetizers and Drinks, Ambient Performers, and Ambient Music

 

6:30pm - 8 pm 

Dinner, Dessert, and Program

 

8 pm - 10 pm

Live Music from Mother Corn Shuckers

 

Dinner Options:

Fig & Arugula Salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts

Dry-rubbed BBQ Tri Tip - seasoned with SLO's Finest Catering's own seasoning blend

Wild Caught Salmon - topped with SLO’s Finest house-made kiwi salsa

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - made with seasonal market vegetables (Vegan/Vegetarian Option)

Dessert - stay tuned!

All entrees served family style with roasted market vegetables and fingerling potatoes.

The goal of the Butterfly Ball is to raise funds for a program we are launching, the “Western Monarch Trail.” The purpose of this effort is to shine a light on the plight of the Western Monarch population, which has declined more than 90% since the 1990s. This campaign will kickstart political actions as well as provide resources and educational materials that focus on preservation in locations where Western monarchs overwinter, including the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove and other local sites. We will be collaborating with other organizations such as the Xerces Society, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the hope of rebuilding the population of this valuable species. 

With your help, we will create a network of support for the Western Monarch as they face a challenging future. With their population drastically declining, the recovery of the Western monarch population and the creation of The Western Monarch Trail starts with YOU!

The Central Coast State Parks Association (CCSPA), in partnership with California State Parks in San Luis Obispo County, supports interpretation, education and volunteer efforts while promoting public awareness and stewardship of our natural resources and cultural heritage. Our organization is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are one of 85 similar cooperating associations across the state who work in partnership with the state parks.

 

PLEASE READ: COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Proof of vaccination or proof of negative test will be required for all attendees. You must bring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test with you to the event. Types of vaccination card accepted include: actual card, screenshot of actual card, or QR code linked to card. Negative test results must be within 72 hours of the event. Types of negative test results accepted include: paper copy, e-mail or screenshot of test results with supervising medical personnel's name and test result. Home test results will not be accepted.

If you are or anyone in your party is feeling any symptoms of illness, we ask that you and / or they stay home and do not attend the event. We will gladly refund any ticket purchases for attendees who must miss the event due to illness.

If you have any questions related to the health and safety of the Butterfly Ball / Monarch Masquerade, please contact us directly at events@centralcoastparks.org.

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