Holyoke rang in the new year with a Gala filled evening at the Wistariahurst Museum.
kicking off it's 50th year as a Holyoke Museum, the elegant Wistariahurst made a perfect backdrop for the event. Gala revelers enjoyed sumptuous food, and great music, all the while disguised under their masks.
Some of the revelers had never been to the Wistariahurst before, and they were somewhat amazed at the grandeur of the old mansion.
Being a Crush sponsored event there was a wide variety of people from all walks of life, and the Crush spirit permeated the discussions. Despite the current economic climate, Holyoker's were looking upbeat about 2009.
The colorful masks, and festive atmosphere inspired me to play with my photography by adding some subtle effects to a few of my photos.
The DJ suffered under the pressure of constant requests.
But everyone had a great time regardless of what music was being played.
At midnight everyone took off their masks, and toasted the new year.
I even allowed myself to be unmasked in a photo with fellow Crushers, (me standing in front).