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FIRST ANNUAL Summer Fundraiser to benefit the church
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On the evening after Midsummer night, the East End's most dazzling habitués will assemble for a stylish and slightly sinister evening of droll enchantments. Guests of The Droll Ball will sip specialty cocktails made from the world’s most nefarious nectars, dine on forbidden finger foods, and lose themselves in hypnotic rapture, induced by the sultry sounds of the Hoodoo Loungers.


Beginning at 8pm, as the sun approaches the horizon and begins to smolder, “droll attired” guests will begin to nibble, swill, and sway, as their fortunes are told by roaming Tarot readers and lost to charming charlatans.

At the stroke of 9pm, as night truly descends, guests will be ushered up to the second floor, as the moon in Taurus shines through The Church’s windows, illuminating Eric Fischl’s portraits of The Church’s non-denominational artist-saints. Hallowed and hushed, 130 Droll denizens will find their seats among concentric summoning circles. 

There, author Iris Smyles will lead the cultish congregants through a séance and, with the aid of psychic medium Monte Farber, will harness the psychic power of pantheistic partygoers, attempting to “pierce the veil.” When the crossover is complete, the immortal spirit of Marcel Proust will be invited to sit down with Ms. Smyles for a discussion of life, love, art, her new book Droll Tales, and literary immortality.

Drinks, droll desserts, and dancing will follow.

The Droll Ball is held in honor of Iris Smyles’ new book, Droll Tales (Turtle Point Press July 5, 2022).

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Les Amis Drôlatiques — $333
The standard ticket includes a signed advance copy of Droll Tales and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a print by Eric Fischl!
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Psychic Circle Package — $5,432
*1 available
This ticket package includes 4 tickets to the ball, 4 signed advance copies of Droll Tales, 4 raffle tickets for a chance to win a print by Eric Fischl, 1 limited edition Droll Tales inspired Champers Ring in Gold by Jewelry Designer Laura Lobdell, a private tarot reading with The Enchanted World's Monte Farber, Monte Farber and Amy Zerner's Psychic Circle Talking Board, and an appearance by author Iris Smyles at your book club! 

Frederic Tuten 

In Medusa's Garden, 2022

oil on panel

14.5 x 9.75 inches 




Smyles is the author of Iris Has Free Time (Soft Skull Press 2013), which Forbes called, “an instant classic… a smart, funny, wise, and sometimes heartbreaking book about a slowly fizzling love affair with youth,” and Dating Tips for the Unemployed (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016), a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vogue, BOMB, Paris Review Daily, The Baffler, and Best American Travel Writing, among other publications. Droll Tales (Turtle Point Press, July 5, 2022) is her third book.


Smyles: “All Happy Meals resemble one another. Each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way.”



Since 1988, nearly three million copies of Monte's forty best-selling astrology books, meditation kits, and oracle systems have been published in eighteen languages by Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Weiser Books, Schiffer and Quarto. His popular titles include: The Enchanted Tarot, Karma Cards, The Creativity Oracle, The Wild Goddess Oracle, Mindful Astrology, Astrology for Wellness and Enchanted Worlds: The Visionary Collages & Art Couture of Amy Zerner. The Intuition Oracle will be published in July by Sterling. 

Monte’s wise words and empathic guidance combine with his wife Amy Zerner’s art to create a unique and sacred synergy that heals, inspires and empowers. Their creations are designed to help their readers enhance their intuitive skills, find deeper meaning, and follow their own spiritual paths. 

Called by Dan’s Papers, "The Best Astrologer in The Hamptons," his remarkable insights and down to-earth advice have been endorsed by leading visionary authors and company executives who use his unique skills as part of their important decision-making mix. Monte has counseled thousands of people over the years and loves to tune into what important messages, answers and gifts the spirits have for them. 

Farber: "Your higher self is trying to speak to you in the only language it knows: symbolic images, memories and flashes of intuition, aka insight. This is where psychic information from within you is laid at your feet, the way a pet who loves you delivers a gift."

About MARCEL PROUST (July 10, 1871 – November 18, 1922)

Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist who wrote the monumental novel In Search of Lost Time (À La Recherche du Temps Perdu; with the previous English title translation of Remembrance of Things Past), originally published in French in seven volumes between 1913 and 1927. He is considered to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. 


Proust: “Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.” 

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