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UNION — The Harry Moore Arthur Armory was the setting for the Union Cotillion Club’s 47th Annual Ball on Dec. 28, 2013. The Armory never looked more lovely. The walls were covered by fabric draped lattice and tulle enhanced by sparkling white lights. A white arbor draped in green ivy and red nandina berries was the centerpiece of the ballroom. It was flanked on either side by large bouquets of various white mums, roses, and lilies. The white linen covered tables featured their own distinctive centerpiece of either six tapered silver candelabras or floating candles in crystal bowls.


The night’s festivities began with a champagne toast made by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Ralph Hervey Lawson, Jr. Following this was the presentation of the club’s officers: Ms. Caroline Adams Barger, President; Mrs. Robert Easterling Guess, Vice-President; Mrs. Joseph Stephen Hudson, Secretary; and Mrs. Jay Thomas Coffer, Treasurer. Mr. Lawson then asked the new members, Mrs. Tony Lee Bailey, Mrs. James Benjamin Wages III, Mrs. Jason O’Neal Turner, and Mrs. Jeremy Chad King, to join the officers on the ballroom floor. The officers and new members started the Grand March. As the Grand March came to a graceful end, Mr. Lawson invited the rest of the members to dance in the Members’ Waltz.


The attendees enjoyed a sumptuous meal, catered by Mr. Tom Buice, including: hors d’oeuvres of smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers with toast, and minted melon kabobs. Salami and cheese kabobs were also served served. Next, a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, and shaved cheese with rolls. For dinner, guests enjoyed delicious prime rib served over a bed of wild rice and freshly steamed asparagus. A decadent slice of chocolate cake drizzled with warm raspberry sauce and accompanied by a plump chocolate covered strawberry was served for dessert.


Amid the red poinsettia blooms, the Ross Holmes Band played favorite and popular tunes. The members and their escorts danced until the lights came up and the night came to an enjoyable end.

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