Returning Heroes Ball
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Ball – 7:00-10:00 pm
Holliston Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston, MA
$30 general/$20 student
Hall opens at 6:00 pm.
Ball runs from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Music will be provided by the fine musicians of Spare Parts.
Dance calls and instruction by Barbara Menard Pugliese
All dances will be taught during the ball. Previous historical dance experience is not required.
It is not necessary to bring a partner. Beginners and singles are welcome.
Commemorate the end of the Civil War as soldiers on both sides of the conflict come together for an evening of authentic music, dance, and refreshment.
Enjoy an evening of contradances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas taught and directed by Barbara Menard Pugliese.
The ball will be held in the auditorium of the Holliston Town Hall, a charming nineteenth-century hall built in 1857.
Attire of the 1860s, civilian or military, is required for this event.
Gentlemen in the uniforms of both sides of that great conflict are welcome. Gentlemen in civilian dress should ideally be in full formal wear, consisting of black tailcoat (modern or period style), white or black vest and black trousers. Frock coats and cutaways are viable alternatives to tailcoats.
Hats should not be worn in the hall. White gloves should be worn throughout the evening, except when taking refreshments. Sidearms, sabers and spurs may not be worn in the hall, nor will there be a secure place to check them. Hobnails and heel plates must be covered by heavy tape or moleskin to protect the floors. Plain modern shoes are a preferable substitute.
Ladies should ideally be in ball or evening gowns of the style worn in the first half of the 1860s. Day dresses of the style worn in the 1860s are a fine alternative for ladies who have not yet acquired a ball gown. Ladies should wear comfortable dancing shoes with low or no heels. Wrist-length white gloves should be worn throughout the evening, except when taking refreshments.
Children should be dressed fittingly for the period, and are expected to display adult manners. Children are charged the student rate.
Changing space is somewhat limited at this hall. There will be a changing space for ladies, but, if at all possible, we encourage attendees to arrive fully dressed. The hall opens at 6:00 pm for those who need to change or put finishing touches to their outfits.
A description of Mr. March’s homecoming from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.