By RACHAEL LONG
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the John P. Holt Brentwood Library will be a place for witches, wizards, and muggles alike to gather when The Chamber of Knowledge hosts its third-annual Yule Ball.
For Harry Potter fans, the event’s name may be familiar from the book series as the Christmas-time ball held at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Brentwood version will feature many activities, most notably the Tri-Band Tournament, where school-aged bands compete for a grand prize: the opening act for the City of Brentwood summer concert series.
The contest, which compares previously submitted entries, was open to bands with members ages 11-19 with at least one member residing in Brentwood.
Other festivities highlighted at the event include an art contest, games, music, dancing, photo booths and prizes. Past Yule Balls guests have been invited to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter characters.
Advance tickets sold through Jan. 19 and are $10 per person or $30 for a family of up to five people — after that date, prices increase. And while tickets give guests a magical evening, they also help The Chamber of Knowledge do good works in the community.
The chamber is Brentwood Library’s chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance, an international organization which aims to challenge Harry Potter fans to become activists in their own communities through work for equality, literacy and human rights.
On the website for the library’s chapter, a brief description of the organization includes a values statement with a simple, powerful message: “We believe people have the power to make small changes that will ripple into large change.”
The Yule Ball aims to be of those ripples, as it benefits ShowerUp, a nonprofit organization that provides shower services and personal care to those in need.
According to its website, ShowerUP Nashville has two mobile shower units providing the city’s homeless population with resources to encourage good hygiene and personal care.
Membership in the Brentwood Library chapter, according to leadership, is open “to muggles and wizards, ages 6-106.” Those interested can sign up for membership here.
The Yule Ball will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 26 at 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood.