"Mad About Ava" Cocktail Party
Plans are underway to host the annual Ava Gardner Festival, October 4-6 in Historic Downtown Smithfield. This year the museum board of directors has chosen to showcase the award-winning film, The Night of the Iguana. Many critics felt this film to be one of Ava's best performances, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Ava went on to win the Best Foreign Actress Film Award (BAFTA) and Best Actress at the San Sabastian Film Festival for her role as Maxine Faulk.
This year's festival will channel the 1960s, as the movie was filmed in 1963 and the antics on the film set seemed quite mad. From Director John Huston's gift to the cast of gold-plated guns with bullets engraved with the casts' names to Ava, herself water skiing to the set, and Elizabeth Taylor being invited to the shoot -- it seems it was quite the adventure.
The theme of the festival will be "Mad About Ava" and all of Hollywood and fans of the vintage 60s are invited for a mad time in Smithfield!
Here's a snapshot of what the museum has planned:
Friday, October 4 Mad About Ava - Cocktail Party
7pm-10pm It's a "Mad Men" inspired cocktail party and a gala event in the museum, including a 1960s costume contest and a raffle drawing for a trip to Puerto Vallarta and Mismaloya, where parts of the set are available to view. There will be specialty drinks at nearby wineries, breweries and restaurants, and visitors can show off their 60s costumes. The museum will have live entertainment, new exhibits related to the film, specialty drinks and hors d' oeuvres, concluding with cash prizes for best 60s costume, door prizes, and the grand prize drawing.
Saturday, October 5 Festival Day Activities
9am-6pm The museum will be open for tours of the new exhibits, and heritage tours will be offered to Ava's birthplace, her childhood home at the Brogden Teacherage, her gravesite, and other points of interest along the Ava Gardner Heritage Trail beginning at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. There will be FREE film screenings of The Night of the Iguana in the museum's theatre beginning at 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 4 pm.
Sunday, October 6 Festival Day Activities
1pm-6pm The museum will have special hours on Sunday for tours of the new exhibits and FREE film screenings at 1:30 pm and 4 pm.
Mad About Ava Cocktail Party at the museum, $25 each. Events at area wineries, restaurants, and breweries are cash as you go for libations and food.
Grand Prize Drawing for trip to Puerto Vallarta, $25 each. The trip includes three nights at the beautiful Vamar Vallarta Marina and Beach Resort (Memorial Day to Labor Day), roundtrip airfare from continental US, meals, beverages, taxes, hotel fees, and gratuities.
Saturday or Sunday Museum Admission, $7.00 for all ages.
Saturday Heritage Tours, $13.00 each.
Tickets are available online at the Ava Gardner Museum store - Click Here to Purchase!