nahant ball

Let your experimental side cavort across the dance floor at the

The Mad Scientists Ball
a Multi-era Vintage Ball
Saturday May 19, 2018
Live Music by Spare Parts

in memory of our dear friend
Roger Kautz
Reception 6:00 - 7:30
Ball 7:30 - 10:00
Nahant Town Hall, 334 Nahant Rd, Nahant MA

Registrant Name(s)
sign guest book/condolences

We are also accepting donations on behalf of the Roger Kautz Prize.

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Proceeds from the ball & donations will go to
The Roger Kautz prize in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Northeastern University.

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If you have photos of Roger from past events, please email them to us or bring a copy to the ball for our memorial board.
Can’t make it to the ball but want to leave a message, email us and your message will be shared.
Our email is
You can register and/or make a donation (in any amount) online through PayPal using the links to the left, or email us at . If you don’t wish to pay online, payment can be made by check or cash through the mail or at the door. Please make checks payable to
“Vintage Victorian” and mail to
P.O. Box 9, Nahant, MA 01908

tea service

About the Evening

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Reception with Tea and Scones

The evening will begin with a reception and refreshments including John Burrows famous Victorian tea and scones. We will be serving fresh scones, with home-made jam and fresh whipped cream, finger sandwiches, and iced lemonade. Guests are invited to mingle and enjoy the ambiance of the historic Nahant Town Hall, and anyone who wishes may sign the guestbook and share memories or photographs of Roger. Recorded music will be provided.


Mad Scientists Ball

tea is served jazz age The Reception will be followed by dancing for all at a multi-era vintage ball the “Mad Scientists Ball” with live music by Spare Parts. Come dressed in your favorite finery, whether it be Regency, Victorian, Ragtime, Steampunk, or just your favorite lab coat, all will be welcome!
Dances will be called and walked through, many dances will be easy for a beginner to jump right in. Enjoy a festive night of historic music and dance, travel in time with us from a Recency era Sir Roger de Coverly, a rousing mid-century galop, a stately Belle Epoque waltz, to a ragtime tango. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a sampler of various popular vintage dance eras.

About Roger Kautz

Roger Kautz, a longtime Nahant resident who loved vintage dance, passed away in 2017 from brain cancer. Roger also loved croquet, hiking, robotics, hammocks in the woods, making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, and his family. He enjoyed inventing in the basement, performing at the Ig Nobel Awards, and meetings with NMR and spectroscopy groups throughout Boston where he was Director of the NMR Facility at Northeastern University. When he wasn’t chasing electrically charged particles, he loved waltzes and tangoes with his wife Karen and passing on his wisdom and adventures to his son Arthur and daughter Julia.
You can see his full obituary online.

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Last updated: 10apr2018/csb