Travel Back In Time to the Moulin Rouge at the PPS Winter Bash
Enjoy a night of revelry at Providence's historic Trolley Barn.
The Providence Preservation Society’s Winter Bash has returned with another thrilling theme to celebrate the world of architecture and highlight underutilized historic spaces within the Creative Capital.
The event, which takes guests back to the Belle Époque for a night at the Moulin Rouge, is set for February 26 from 7:30–11:30 p.m., at the Trolley Barn in Providence. A sponsor preview will take place at 6:30 p.m.
From decor and entertainment to food sourced from local businesses, the event promises a night of lively divertissements and enchanting chanteuses. Guests from different communities will add to the night’s spectacle decked out in elaborate costumes celebrating the era.
The last fundraiser took place just before the pandemic forced the nation into lockdown – eleven days before, in fact. Winter Bash co-chairs Paul Carpentier and Dennis DelSignore are grateful that the Studio 54-themed event was successful, and are glad to be back in action to get this year’s event ready for the public.
“The theme itself, A Night at Moulin Rouge, is reminiscent of the fabulous original Moulin Rouge in Paris, France, in the Montmartre district, where people from all forms of life came together,” says Carpentier. “All members of society came, whether you were a banker, an artist or a struggling business person; you could come and be yourself and witness art and entertainment from local venues.”
The Trolley Barn is a 45,000-square-foot property once used as the maintenance facility for Providence’s trolley car system in the 1900s. On the night of the bash, the barn will temporarily transport guests to the late 1800s.
“It’s really just an industrial space that’s empty, and it’s great that we can create whatever we want in this space,” says DelSignore. “It’s all about lighting and props, and the decor will bring this whole event to life.”
Besides expanding education throughout the state, the mission of the Providence Preservation Society is to bring awareness to the state’s rich culture and tradition as well as preserve dated buildings full of history. “This party is about the community, and the money will go into the outreach to the community,” Carpentier says.
“People really need something like this to look forward to at this time” adds DelSignore.