UNION — Union County High School students will have the opportunity to “dance the night away” at the “Baby It’s Cold Outside Winter Ball” which will be held this Saturday at Main Street Junction on Main Street in downtown Union.
The Winter Ball, which will get under way at 6 p.m., is being hosted by the Union County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program. Union County Chamber of Commerce Board Member Amy Belue said that the decision to host the Winter Ball was made after the board learned that UCHS, which had hosted them in the past, was not doing it anymore. Belue said that UCHS students participating in the Youth Leadership Program had expressed a desire to revive the tradition and so the decision was made to do so. She said the Chamber also decided to host the Winter Ball as part of its efforts to get more involved with the schools and the community and to give UCHS juniors and seniors a very special night to remember.
“We’re doing this for our children,” Belue said. “We want to give them an evening to dress up for and be excited about.”
Belue said that the event is being called the “Baby It’s Cold Outside Winter Ball” because Main Street Junction is going to be transformed into a “winter wonderland” made all the more wintry with winter-themed decorations and even a snow machine. In the midst of this winter wonderland, Belue said the students will be able to “dance the night away” to music provided by a deejay.
The goal of the Winter Ball will be to give the students a night to remember and to help preserve those memories, Belue said there will be a photo booth where the students can take unlimited photos to take home with them.
Whenever you have large numbers of young people, especially when they’re dancing, there has to be food and lots of it, and the Winter Ball is going to have plenty of it on hand.
Belue said that in keeping with the winter wonderland theme, there will be a Hot Chocolate Bar with Mini Marshmallows, Candy Canes, White Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Chips, and Carmel. She said there will also be a Smores Bar with Hershey’s Chocolate, Reese’s Cups, Carmel, Marshmallow, and Graham Crackers where the students can roast Smores.
While Hot Chocolate and Smores are pretty tasty on their own, the hosts know that high school juniors and seniors dancing the night away do not live by Hot Chocolate and Smores alone. So, with some major — and tasty — help from Kirby’s Cake Shoppe & Catering, LLC which is catering the event, the Winter Ball will also offer the following on its heavy hor d’oeuvres menu:
• Honey Battered Mini Corn Dogs Bar — Ketchup and Mustard Sauce
• Chicken Nuggets Bar — Ranch, Honey Mustard, BBQ Sauce
• Tex Mex Cheese Bar — Chips, Taco Seasoned Beef & Chicken, Nacho Cheese, Chili, Jalapenos, Medium Salsa, Shredded Lettuce, Diced Tomato, and Sour Cream
• Mashed Potato Bar — Butter, Sour Cream, Bacon Bits, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Chili
• Chocolate Fountain — Marshmallows, Strawberries, Pineapple, Pretzels
• Cupcakes — Vanilla & Chocolate w/ice blue frosting & snowflake sprinkles
• Punch — Ice Blue Punch
Belue said that tickets to the Winter Ball are now on sale at UCHS and can be purchased from Mrs. Eubanks in Room 156 and Mrs. Anthony in Room 237. She said that tickets, which cost $10 per person or $15 per couple, will remain on sale through Friday.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Semi-formal dress is required and Belue said that only students from UCHS will be admitted. She said that identification will be checked at the door.
The Winter Ball will be a chaperoned event.
To help cover the costs of the Winter Ball, the Chamber solicited sponsors from both the public and private sectors, giving each of them the opportunity be a Platinum ($1,000), Gold ($500), Silver ($250), and Snow Flake ($100) sponsors. The sponsors and their level of designation are:
• City of Union
• Union County
• Community Mortuary
• Lockhart Power
• Union County Sheriff’s Office
• Spartanburg Community College
• Union County Development Board
• Allstate Insurance — Frank Hart
• Standard Textile
• Ben’s Paint Store
• Bantam Chef
• Kirby’s Cake Shoppe
• Gwinn’s Florist
• Everlasting Designs by Donnie Worthy
Belue thanked the sponsors for making the Winter Ball possible and said that plans are for it to once again be an annual event for the juniors and seniors of UCHS. She said that it will continue to be hosted by and serve as a fundraiser for the Youth Leadership Program.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.