Doll nonprofit plans weekend gala event

 

DebraBritt_National Black Doll Museum

Debra Britt, one of the founders of Doll E Daze Project and catalysts behind the National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture, surrounded by some of the many dolls in her collection. (Photo by John Tlumacki, courtesy of the Boston Globe).

MANSFIELD, Mass. — The Doll E Daze Project announces it is now accepting registration for the Grand Opening Weekend Gala for the National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture, which will be held Sept. 27-29, 2013. The Doll E Daze Project & Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit, and has served schools, libraries, shelters and community organizations in Mansfield, Boston, Brockton and surrounding towns in Massachusetts for more than 10 years. The festivities include a Black Doll Show and Sale.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Friday with events throughout the weekend. Events will be held at various places including the National Black Doll Museum and the Mansfield Holiday Inn.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Sept. 27 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony followed by a Grand Opening Cocktail Reception from 4-9 p.m. Saturday will feature an Evening Gala at the Mansfield Holiday Inn 31 Hampshire Street starting at 7 p.m. The Celebration will wrap up with a Gospel Brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., also at the Mansfield Holiday Inn.

At the National Black Doll Museum, doll artists from across the country will also be converging to commemorate this achievement by Doll E. Daze Founder Debra Britt and her team of supporters by displaying and offering exclusive Black Dolls for show and for sale. Public sale days will take place Sept. 29-30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 for adults over 18 will go towards

museum upkeep.

Saralee Doll

This Saralee Doll, circa 1950, was the first realistic African-American doll produced, and one of its champions was Eleanor Roosevelt. A Saralee Doll sits in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum today. (Photo courtesy FDR Presidential Library & Museum)

Festival registrants will have a preview on Friday evening of the exclusive dolls created for this event by doll artists Daisy Carr, Goldie Wilson, Jean Henderson, Phoebe Queen Addison, Carole Brothers, Laurel Stroman and Deborah Cornin.

The three day package is $120 and includes all events and doll show entrance. The Evening Gala and Gospel Brunch can be sold separately. Hotel accommodations can be made by contacting the Holiday Inn Mansfield at 877-410-6667. (Use Promotional code BDC when making reservations.) For more information, visit www.nbdmhc.org, www.dolledaze.com and http://www.blackdollcollectors.com, or contact 774-284-4729 for tickets.

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