Wendell’s Misfit Prom is back

Recorder Staff
Friday, June 08, 2018

WENDELL — Costumed characters from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” will flock to Wendell this evening, heralding the return of the Misfit Prom.

The parade, party and concert hasn’t happened in two years, but organizers are expecting hundreds of people to show up to the event, which is raising money for the Swift River School in New Salem.

The 2018 Misfit Prom — titled “Alice in Wendelland” — will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the center of town. Tickets are $15 if bought in the morning at the Wendell Country Store, and $20 if bought at the event.

From Wendell center, costumed attendees and thematic floats will parade toward the Deja Brew Pub. In years past, the paraders have been met with surprises like fireworks upon reaching the Deja Brew lawn.

Organizer and artist Kelly Laughton said the Misfit Prom will feature lawn games, croquet and an art raffle. Rodd Cummings & the Vibrators, who have gotten into costumes and played thematic songs at past Misfit Proms, will also perform.

“Wendell is really small, but we have all these amazingly creative people,” Laughton said. “Everyone goes nuts and makes these amazing costumes.”

While there is no specific monetary goal, Laughton said past events have raised around $2,000 for the local library or fire department. This year, Laughton and fellow organizer and artist Linnea Winter chose to benefit education.

“We definitely try and keep it to a local charity,” Laughton said.

The Misfit Prom was started in 2009 by artist Donna Horn, who, according to Laughton, wanted to simply “throw a big party,” and has had different themes through the years, including 2016’s mythical “Wendell is LEGENDARY.”

According to the event’s Facebook page, “Alice in Wendelland” will be the “best un-birthday party ever.”

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