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The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society, Inc., is a Nonprofit Corporation dedicated to remembering, researching, and re-creating the performing arts of the past.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we endeavor to accomplish our noble goals by sponsoring events, giving classes, performing in various living history events, and just generally carrying on. Historic dance, drama, music, literature and costume are all a part of PEERS' activities.

More than anything else, we are dedicated to the idea of entertainment as something for people to do rather than watch.

The main activities of PEERS have traditionally centered around our historical and literary re-creation events. These have covered a wide number of historical periods and have included such diverse events as a Canterbury Tales Feast & Ball, a recreation of Lord Capulet's Ball from Romeo and Juliet, an outdoor Restoration Fete and Ball, an 18th-Century Scarlet Pimpernel Ball, a Mostly Mozart Ball set in the Amadeus universe, a Jane Austen Tea, Fete and Assembly, a Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery Party and Ball, an Edwardian Music Hall, a bi-lingual Moulin Rouge Ball, a Tango Tea, a 1920's Speakeasy, a 1930's Mystery Party, a 1941 Evening in Casablanca, a Film Noir Black & White Ball, a variety of Victorian Balls and our famous annual Le Bal des Vampires, a recreation of a 19th century French costume ball. We can also often be found relaxing from the rigors of running events by enjoying ourselves at historic events run by other groups (We refer to this as "assisting" them).

There are photographs of some of PEERS' past events.

How do you participate in the activities of PEERS? First of all, by coming to our events. You may pay at the door, purchase tickets in advance, or subscribe for a year's worth of events. If you'd like to be on the mailing list for our fliers and/or on our electronic mailing list, just send a message to us at peers@peers.org. And, of course, like all nonprofit organizations we are happy to accept donations. Donations may be made by check or via PayPal, and PEERS is also registered with eScrip.

When you attend a PEERS event, you have a great deal of flexibility in how to participate. Many people dress up in appropriate costumes, but many do not. Some people choose to portray particular historical or literary characters; others simply come to enjoy themselves. The choice is yours.

Remember the cardinal rule of PEERS: If you're having fun, you're doing it right!

The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society was founded for the following purposes:

* To produce and sponsor re-creations of historical works of dance, music and theater with an emphasis on audience interaction;

* To produce and sponsor original works of dance, music and theater with an emphasis on audience interaction;

* To produce and sponsor new works of dance, music, literature and theater in historical art forms;

* To sponsor and support artists and researchers involved in the performing arts of the past;

* To provide instruction to the general public in the performing arts of the past and to increase knowledge and appreciation of these arts by educating the general public in their historic context;

* To conduct research into the performing arts of the past, and their role in history and literature