COVID stifles Danbury Museum’s plans for an in-person Hat City Ball

DANBURY — Although the Danbury Museum & Historical Society was planning an in-person Hat City Ball next month, this year’s fundraiser will once again be an at-home event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hat City Ball is an annual event that raises funds for the museum and historical society headquartered at 43 Main Street. This year’s prom is scheduled for February 11.

After last year’s virtual ball, Danbury Museum & Historical Society director Brigid Guertin said she was looking forward to an in-person celebration — but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dashed those hopes.

“We were hopeful that this year’s Hat City Ball would be an in-person event like we’ve always had – an evening filled with camaraderie, laughter, great food, great music, and surrounded by friends, all for the benefit of the Danbury Museum,” said Guertin.

With the safety of museum staff, sponsors, friends and members being the top priority, she said the “difficult and necessary decision” had been made to hold another virtual event this year.

Due to the change in plans, tickets for Hat City Ball 2022 have been reduced to $100.

Those who purchase tickets will receive take-out meals to take at scheduled times on the night of February 11. This year’s dinner options are Tuscan chicken, slow-roasted prime rib or mushroom ravioli in a cream of sage sauce – all of which come with salad, rolls and a decadent chocolate dessert.

For tickets and information on the 2022 Hat City Ball, visit

Questions can be directed to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society at 203-743-5200 or [email protected]

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