A Last Look At The Ball


Today I want to share with you a last few images that Harland took of the ball:


We so enjoyed seeing kids enjoying the dancing too. These little girls were having the time of their lives:


Here’s a video I made last night for you. I’ve slowed down the action so you can see all the details of everyone’s outfits, and watch all the dance steps. The music is from Franz Schubert, a 19th century composer:



Ahhh….young love….

I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts here this month about the preparation and attendance of the Statehood Ball.  And thank you for all your kind comments!  We had a wonderful time, and hope that you too can one day attend an event like this one.



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13 Responses

  1. Amy C. says:

    I enjoyed this so much! The young couple at the end of the video….so sweet.

    Were those dance cards I saw hanging from some of the ladies’ arms?

    • Suzanne says:

      Yes, we were given dance cards with tiny little pencils attached at the start of the dance. The cards listed the different dances and there were blank spaces next to each dance. Back in the 19th century, gentlemen would ask the ladies to dance with them and then write their name next to the particular dance. When that dance would start, the gentleman would lead the lady onto the dance floor to dance with her, and then escort her from the dancefloor at the end of the dance. Gentlemen wouldn’t dance with a particular lady more than twice unless the couple wanted to start rumors about them. 🙂

  2. Doe in Mi says:

    Nice video – slowed down made them look so graceful. The young girls look so cute in their beautiful dresses. And I really was excited to see the quilts on the wall. Made for a feeling of the times. Looks like a great time.

  3. Alica says:

    Thanks for sharing your time at the ball with us, Suzanne. I loved watching that video in slow time…it made everyone look even more graceful!

  4. What a wonderful event this was. I am so glad to see that folks took the time and made the effort to create such lovely outfits for the evening. That kind of thing is remembered forever.

  5. Cameo says:

    I live in a city ( Seattle ) where there is a lot to do.
    The fun interesting things you do almost makes me want to move to the country.

    Thanks for the posts.. always look forward to them..

  6. Chester's Mom says:

    I almost feel let down, it’s over! I was so anticipating the ball and now it’s over! But thanks so much for sharing with us.

  7. Becky L says:

    Thanks for all the photos of the ball from beginning to end. The video was nice. I liked your dress very much. Quite the seamstress to do all that. I sew and I know how much effort and time it takes to make an outfit. I remember sewing the two piece outfit for my sister’s wedding. Directions were so annoying as well didn’t help matters any. Once you learn how to sew a certain way (i.e. 4-H) other ways are harder. Sigh! I still do some sewing when I decide to. Thanks and have a great week!

  8. JB says:

    The slowed down video was wonderful for getting a good look at the dresses. Tried to get a peek at shoes that were paired with the dresses… did most wear comfortable “modern” shoes or go with the “period” shoes?

  9. Jeanne says:

    Suzanne, all of the pictures and videos are great! I have looked at everything twice! It all looks like so much fun. I’m still wondering about the “banana curls” though! Is that another term for ringlets? I’ve studied the pictures and can’t see well enough to tell just how your hair was done, though it looks lovely! Please explain…?

    • Suzanne says:

      It’s just another name for ringlets. When my mom was a girl (she was born in 1939) her mom would put her daughter’s hair up in rags every night so they would have long curls the next day. I used a curling iron vertically on my hair and then put it up in a clip. I don’t think the curl held very well though. Anyway, my mom has always referred to long curls as “banana curls”.

  10. JMart says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all the posts about the Statehood Ball. It is so refreshing to see this little slice of Americana. It kind of restores my faith in what this country is all about.
    Thanks for sharing this with your readers.

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