Party with Oscar like you’re an A-list celebrity

Spending awards night in Parksville called the next best thing to being there — and much more affordable

Carmen Christensen holding a faux Oscar

If you didn’t get an official invitation to Hollywood’s biggest event, the 84th Academy Awards but you want to walk the red carpet just like the A-Listers, the next best thing is the Oscar Party being held at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre (PCCC) Sunday, Feb. 26.

Tickets for the elaborate extravaganza are $40 which includes authentic Oscar inspired cuisine, a live broadcast of the Oscars on a 24 foot screen, door prizes, Oscar-themed games and of course…a red carpet.

Parksville councillor Carrie Powell-Davidson who is one of the organizers of the event said it will be the next best thing to being at the Kodak Theatre and much more affordable.

“Everything they are doing in Hollywood we are doing here,” she stated.

Wolfgang Puck is the official chef of the Oscar dinner at the Governor’s Ball and Powell-Davidson said they will have food tasting stations throughout the venue that will pay homage to the nominees for Best Picture and will feature food representing each movie.

She said members of the community have been requesting an event like this for a long time and they want to offer what she said will be the most glamorous event of the year.

The Oscars can be a long drawn out affair and watching them at home can lack the pizzazz that a great party offers and Powell-Davidson said they want to create the same buzz that is felt in tinsel town.  The venue will be decorated with the glitz and glitter that Hollywood is famous for and people will be able to mingle freely at the party.

“True to the style of the actual Governor’s Ball, our venue will be set up to schmooze.”

The event includes an open bar featuring The Red Carpet Glamour Cocktail, inspired by the actual award-winning recipe being served at the Governor’s Ball, the official after party of the Oscars.

And the Oscar goes to?  The nominees for Best Picture are:  The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Money Ball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse.  For those who want to test their Oscar predication skills you can bet on the Best Picture winner and if you are correct you will take home a prize.  All guests will leave with an official Oscar swag bag full of Hollywood themed goodies.  Guests are invited to come dressed as their favourite Hollywood star or character from a nominated film and win a prize for best costume.  The elaborate extravaganza goes Sunday, Feb. 26, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.  The party will also include limousine arrivals, paparazzi and press interviews.  For those who want to arrive in style, a stretch limousine that seats 10 people can be booked by calling  Leah Jones, the owner of LimorideCo at 250-741-7886.


Tickets are available at the PCCC.  For more information call 250-248-6234.



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