Ball costumes reflect a night at the movies

By: Bruce Warren, Journal Staff Writer
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Miss Auburn for 2008, Alyssa Anderson, and her date Jason Krause showed up early for Saturday night’s annual Black & White Ball because they didn’t want to miss out on the food this time. “Last time when I got here, all the food was gone,” said Krause, who dressed up as Al Capone. “Raley’s tri-tip was the best so far.” Anderson was in Palm Springs the prior weekend, competing in the Miss California contest, where she placed in the top 10, she said. “The whole experience there was a real blessing,” Anderson said. As a youngster Anderson attended Alta Vista and Rock Creek elementary schools before moving away from Auburn and then returning. She now works as a dental assistant in Rocklin and her platform talk for Miss California is the “Smiles for Kids” program, which provides dental care for underprivileged children in Northern California through the Sacramento District Dental Society. “It was an honor to grow up here and come back and be crowned Miss Auburn,” Anderson said. At the ball, Anderson and her date singled out Tainted Love as the group they were looking to listen to. “We’re just looking for a night out on the town, eat and listen to some music,” Krause said. Considering ball costumes, Eric Montoya, who works at Old Town Pizza, came up with an outfit that he calls a marionette, but seemed more like a mime. Montoya could not stay too long, because he had to get back to make more pizzas. After hearing everyone talking about the ball at the pizza shop, Montoya felt compelled to show up. “All the citizens who come to Old Town Pizza have been talking about this,” Montoya said. “So I said I gotta go. I love this community.” “I’m a people watcher and I’ll check out all the bands,” Montoya said. The Sierra College sophomore also mentioned that he’s single and looking for a girlfriend, “maybe tonight,” he said Saturday at the ball. At the Thunder Valley Casino food booth, decked out like a pirate ship with plenty of food booty, Ace Miles would definitely be ranked among the top five for best costumes if awards were handed out. A professional actor hired by Thunder Valley Casino, Miles usually works at Pier One in San Francisco. “I’m a pirate for hire indeed,” Miles said from his throne under the food tent. “For them, I am Captain Jack Sparrow.” Miles performs all over as a juggler, magician and ventriloquist. He’s performed at Great America and at San Francisco’s Cow Palace as Fagan during the Charles Dickens Fair. While the Auburn Police Department was out in force Saturday night, Steve Tidd and his wife, Roberta MacIntyre, came dressed as Keystone Cops. From the Bay area, the couple are friends of Dave and Kathy Partak, members of the Black & White Ball committee. “We have fun coming up for this,” Steve Tidd said. “We like the Tainted Love band,” Roberta McIntyre added. “Little Texas was good, too.” The Journal’s Bruce Warren can be reached at, or comment online at