Epic Prom guests turned up to St. Cecilia’s in Williamsburg in the latest fashions—circa half a century ago, that is. The former school’s gymnasium was awash with chiffon, pearls, white gloves and corsages for the ladies, and boxy jackets and bow ties for the gents. Guests mingled, danced, ate and drank beneath basketball hoops and scoreboards—even a cross!—while DJ Matt Mikas, aka Count Zero, spun the greatest hits of yesteryear.
Theo Peck and Nick Suarez of Food Experiments fame prepared a cafeteria-themed meal served on TV dinner trays, including a standout pate, deep-fried corn beef nuggets, and cups of boozy milkshake with snickerdoodle dippers for dessert. There were drinks from bartenders Vito Dieterle (of Little Branch) and Alejandro Merola, a photo booth created by the artist Ventiko, and even a patrol of “church ladies”—regular bingo players from the adjacent church — who helped serve dinner and kept the crowd in line. Later on in the evening, the Harlem James Gang performed several song-and-dance numbers, and fashion stylist Alexandra Greenwalt crowned a prom king and queen.
Adam Aleksander, who put on the event with Brian Quinn of the Noble Rot, seemed flush with night’s success. “Honestly…” he said, surveying the scene inside the gym, “it’s better than I imagined!” …
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Photos by Kelly Neal