Ball beckons to go back in time to ring in New Year

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The South Charleston Heritage Commission’s New Year’s Eve Grand Ball offers a unique way to ring in the new year.

(Dec. 2, 2019)

The Heritage Commission of South Charleston will host its 14th annual Civil War-era themed New Year’s Eve Grand Ball from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 at South Charleston’s Town Hall & Opera House, 35 S. Chillicothe St. Proceeds go to upkeep of the non-profit organization’s three historic properties in the village.

Guests to the New Year’s Eve Ball are asked to come in clothing representative of the 1860s, in keeping with the theme. Modern formal dresses for women and suits for men are also acceptable. Soldiers are asked to refrain from wearing hobnail boots.

The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band will provide the music. The brass and percussion group is based in Columbus and comprised of musicians from around Ohio. The group has released a CD and performed at re-enacting events across the eastern United States.

Previous dance experience is not necessary to attend the ball. Dance master Katie Humphreys will provide instructions before each dance starts and will call the steps while the music plays.

A buffet of appetizers and desserts will be served in the downstairs community room, and a toast will be held at midnight to the singing of “Auld Lange Syne.” For an additional fee, Emily Ross of Emily’s Photography in South Vienna will accommodate guests who wish to have their portraits taken.

A pre-ball reception will take place at the Isaac Davidson house, next door to the Opera House. This stately brick mansion, built in the same time period as the Opera House by noted local architect Edward Edwards, features much of its original decor. At 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., Davidson will give tours of the first floor of his home for a freewill donation. Cookies and punch will be available, as well.

The Heritage Commission invites all ages to the grand ball. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple through Christmas, after which all tickets are $30 each. Well-behaved children under the age of 12 are admitted for free.

Reservations may be made at eventbrite.com (fee applies), by cash, check, or credit card at the Charleston Pharmacy, or by mailing a check to: The Heritage Commission, P.O. Box 457, South Charleston, OH 45368. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the ball, payable by cash, check, or credit card.

Questions may be directed to Katie Humphreys at (937) 321-9394 or at newyearsevegrandball@gmail.com.

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