Cinderella Ball, Shakespeare Festival highlight busy weekend at Gabis Arboretum

The Gabis Arboretum at 450 W. 100 N. in Valparaiso.


The Gabis Arboretum is planning a busy weekend that includes the Cinderella Ball for aspiring princesses and a Shakespeare comedy about a persecuted moneylender seeking a pound of flesh.

The arboretum at 450 W. 100 N. in Valparaiso, formerly the Taltree Arboretum, will have a royal ball with princesses, dancing, elegant hors d’oeuvres and photos with a horse-drawn carriage in the Railway Depot at 6 p.m. Saturday.

"Guests are encouraged to dress in a costume," Gabis Arboretum said in a press release. "This is the perfect opportunity for families to treat daughters like royalty."

Tickets range from $5 to $15 and are on sale through Friday.

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Then the play's the thing at 6 p.m. Sunday, when the Gabis Arboretum will host a free performance of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."

"Join the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Touring Company in its signature ensemble style under the open sky, and explore the plight of the mistreated 'other' in a time when Shakespeare’s comic and dramatic dilemmas are as relevant as ever," the arboretum said in a press release. "'The Merchant of Venice' engages audiences through both hilarious comedy and a villain who elicits great sympathy."

The performance is free and so is admission to the park after 4 p.m. Anyone interested is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch the show.

For more information, call 219-462-0025 or visit taltree.org


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