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Time For Java 250!

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oldjava4Through 250 years of wars, politics, development, weather, science, arts, sports and education in Connecticut, there was the social news. Reports on people and their parties, cotillions, galas, coming-out parties, balls, socials, celebrations, festivals and fetes have been a “must read” during the Courant’s long history. On Wednesdays during February we are revisiting some of these social reports on the balls, parties, dinners, fundraisers from years past.

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In 1840…

The two hundredth anniversary of the adoption of the first constitution of Connecticut, by the towns of Windsor, Wethersfield and Hartford in 1639, was celebrated on Tuesday April 21st, 1840, the anniversary of the election of John Haynes as the first governor of the State, by a public oration and dinner, under the direction of a Committee of the Connecticut Historical Society. The venerable Noah Webster, Lld, a native of Hartford and a lineal descendent of John Webster, one of the six magistrates chosen with Gov. Haynes at the first election in Connecticut, was selected the orator of the day. (April 24, 1840)

In 1913….Society Dances At the Assembly

The climax of the social season of 1913 was reached last evening when the 1913 Assembly was held at the Hartford Club, the function proving to be one of the most brilliant affairs that have been given in the city in many years. Over 400 persons visited the club during the evening and the display of gowns and jewels was probably the most lavish that will be seen this winter. Among those who entertained at dinner preceding the Assembly were the following: Mrs. Richard M. Bissell, Mrs. Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, Mrs. James L. Goodwin, Mrs. Henry Roberts, Mrs. Charles L. F. Robinson, Mrs. John T. Robinson, Mrs. Bernard T. Williams, Mrs. Archibald. G. Mellwaine Jr., Mrs. Charles Gill, Mrs. F. C. Billings, and Mrs. Lewis D.Parker. (Dec. 20, 1913)

In 1915…. Bridge Party A Spring Success

One of the prettiest and most successful affairs given this spring was the subscription luncheonoldjava3 and bridge yesterday afternoon for the benefit of the Connecticut Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, which was largely due to the hospitality of Mrs. William E. A. Bulkeley, Mrs. Albert S. Cook and Mrs. Charles G. Bill, who opened their homes on Sycamore Road for the occasion. The arrangements were made by the city enrollment committee, of which Mrs. Frederick T. Simpson is chairman. Contributions were given to such an extent that no expense was involved in the preparation of the luncheon, which was attended by more than 200 people. Following the luncheon, which was served at one o’clock, the guests visited the homes which were open to all, and were prettily decorated with spring flowers. At 2 o’clock, more than five tables were arranged for bridge, which lasted until 5 o’clock. (May 16, 1915)

In 19oldjavatob52….First Royal Appearance Is Made by Queen at Armory Coronation Ball

Tobacco netting billowing from the rafters of the State Armory Friday night transformed the drillshed into a gorgeous spectacle for the second annual Coronation Ball highlighting the Cigar Valley Festival. Pale green panels embossed with shades predominated the scene. There were light blues, Cotillion blues, Yale blues and navy blues. As always, black gowns were dramatic with white draping and the white bouffant swayed gracefully around the floors. The queen’s throne towered 10 feet above the dance floor, backed by a 35-foot pylon of pale rose topped with a tomahawk and peace pipe, entwined with colored Indian feathers, flanked on either side with totem poles, shading from a deeper rose to a ruby red. On the lower dais, two orchestras, Jimmy Dorsey’s and Paul Landerman’s, played for the dancing continuously throughout the event. Gov. Lodge played the principal role of the evening in crowning Queen Marilyn Geigl. Preceding the Ball, the Lodges entertained at a dinner party for Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Frederick G. Reincke, Rear Admiral and Mrs. Arthur Graham Hall of New London, State Police commissioner and Mrs. Edward J. Hickey, Mr. and Mrs. Prescott Bush, Mr. and Mrs. William A. G. Minot of Greenwich, Mr. and Mrs. Justin Sturms of Westport and Mr. and Mrs. Colbert K. Barrows of West Hartford. (Sept. 13, 1952)

In 1954….Opera Guild Ball Hartford

Society arrived glamorously gowned at the first annual Connecticut Opera Guild Ball Saturday oldjava1Evening Nov. 13 at the Hotel Statler. One of the highlights of the social season, the affair was most unique with members of the Simsbury Light Opera Co. and students from Hartford School of Music, attired in costumes from various operas, ushering guests to their tables. Guests of committee members were Metropolitan opera stars and during the evening Dorothy Wilson from the Met entertained with arias. (Nov. 21, 1954)

Java 250 Takes Another Look Back!

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oldjava2Through 250 years of wars, politics, development, weather, science, arts, sports, crime and education in Connecticut, there was the social news. Reports on people and their parties, cotillions, galas, coming-out parties, balls, socials, celebrations, festivals and fetes have been a “must read” during the Courant’s long history. This news made the social columns over the years, under the headers that were Java predecessors: “In The Social World,” “Society,” or “Social and Personal.” On Wednesdays during February we will revisit some of these social reports on the balls, parties, dinners, fundraisers from years past and share them as published then. Welcome to JAVA 250!

In 1867…

The Ball of the Bald Head

The inaugural Ball of the “Bald Head Association” of Hartford, an organization of colored gentlemen, was held at Music Hall Thanksgiving night and was a well arranged affair. The party was small but very select and stylish and was every way very pleasant to all who participated. Benj. Cumminger is president of the association, O. A. Odell vice president, John F. Rodney, secretary and Charles H. Bruce, treasurer. These gentlemen have spared no pains to make the occasion very pleasant. Many of the ladies were very tastefully and elegantly dressed, none more so than Miss Downing of New York, daughter of the wealthy Peter Downing, the celebrated oyster dealer, who appeared in white tarlatan, puffed, with a pink silver overskirt. Many of our Hartford ladies were very elegantly dressed in a like, with lace trimmings and the appearance of the party was quite brilliant. (Nov. 30, 1867)

In 1894…

The Inaugural Ball

Arrangements for the inaugural ball to be given by the Governor’s Foot Guard are progressing smoothly and there is every promise of a most successful assembly. For some years past, Mrs. Samuel Colt has led the march with the grand marshal, and has contributed in no small degree by her presence and cordial interest in making the ball the important social event that it has come to be. Mrs. Colt is in mourning this year and will be able to be present.

Major Hyde has invited Mrs. Frank W. Cheney of South Manchester to do the honors for the occasion this year and she has kindly consented. Mrs. Cheney and Major John C. Parsons, the grand marshal, will lead the march, followed by Governor Coffin and Mrs. Hyde and Major Hyde and Mrs. Coffin. The fact of Mrs. Cheney’s acceptance of this invitation will be received with very general satisfaction by the public, with whom the inaugural ball has come to hold a high place. (Dec. 19, 1894)

In 1912…

Social And Personal

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Members of the dance committee of Municipal Hospital Ball held at the Hartford Club Saturday are shown above. Left to right, Miss Mollie Schwartz, Miss Alice E. Richardson, Miss Margaret Dyer, Miss Mary E. Sullivan and Miss Mary Fitzgibbon. (May 4, 1936)

A delightful afternoon reception was held in the tea rooms of the new executive clubhouse of the Young Women’s Branch of the Woman’s Christian Association at Number 79 Church street yesterday afternoon. It was especially cheering to stop from the drizzling gloom of the afternoon into the bright atmosphere of the cozy tea rooms, where, at either end, were the dainty tables with the shining, simmering tea kettles. Mrs. Edward W. Hooker poured at one table and Miss Julia Havermeyer at the other. Tea, delicious sandwiches, marmalade and cake were served. The tea was one of a series that are being given to raise a fund for a certain good cause, and all have been generously patronized by those whose interest has been awakened. (May 14, 1912)

In 1949…

Many Parties Precede Ball and Concert During Week End

The Connecticut Air Guard danced till morning to the music of Vincent Lopez at the State Armory Saturday evening. A gala affair, the State officers declared it to be the gayest and most successful military ball this year. Many dinner parties, buffet suppers and cocktail hours preceded the affair, while a reception for distinguished guests was held prior to the ball in the Officers Lounge at the Armory.

Colonel George Stanley, state Air Guard commander, and Mrs. Stanley entertained at a small dinner party for their week end guests, Major General Robert M. Webster, commanding general of the First Air Force, and Mrs. Webster of Slocum, N. Y. (March 20, 1949).

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Looking at the defibrillator, an electrical device to restore the heart to normal action, which was given to St. Francis Hospital by the Women’s Auxiliary are, left to right, Mrs. Frank t. Mullen, auxiliary president, Sister Mary Madeleine, hospital administrator and Mrs. James J. Kennelly, chairman of the annual Flower Ball to be held Feb. 4 at the Hartford Hilton. (Jan. 15, 1967)

In 1967…

Auxiliary’s Annual Flower Ball To Benefit St. Francis Hospital

The annual flower Ball presented by the women’s Auxiliary of St. Francis’ hospital climaxes the gaiety which precedes the solemn Lenten season of the Christian world. This year the Ball will be held at the Hartford Hilton hotel on Feb. 4 with a social hour and dinner preceding the dance.

For this season, the Auxiliary has pledged $49,785 for gifts to the hospital. but that amount will probably be doubled through the revenue received from the Cheer cupboard, the good Samaritan thrift shop, the Ball, Sale of baby pictures and members hips in the Auxiliary. (Jan. 15, 1967)oldjava3

In 1970…

Bushnell’s Birthday Is Festive Event

Oh, it was an occasion to remember, all right, as the Bushnell Memorial celebrated its 40th anniversary last night.

It was a birthday-complete right down –or up, perhaps, -to the towering festal cake brought onstage as a flourish to conclude the program. The audience, in which there were persons who well remembered Feb. 13, 14, and 15, 1930, when Hartford’s now famous cultural center first opened, sang “Happy Birthday.” The City and State sent their best regards. And the Bushnell Memorial returned the compliments by giving-in the tradition to which the community is four-decades indebted-a splendid evening of music.

In addition to the formalities, it was an evening of lightheartedness and nostalgia as such anniversary occasions must always be. Appleton H. Seaverns presided over the more ceremonial aspects of the program. It was mete and right he should, not only because he is president of the Bushnell trustees, but because it was his grandmother, Dotha Bushnell Hillyer and mother, Mrs. Charles F. T. Seaverns, who established the cultural and civic center in memory of Hartford’s distinguished citizen, the Rev. Horace Bushnell, theologian, educator, public benefactor and patriot.

It was nice to have Katherine Houghton, actress in her own right, and daughter of West Hartford Mayor and Mrs. Ellsworth S. Grant, to cut the birthday cake. She is decorative and charming and home-folks and just what was needed for a festive occasion like this. (Jan. 14, 1970)

 

Welcome Courant “Java 250″

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oldjava2Through 250 years of wars, politics, development, weather, science, arts, sports and education in Connecticut, there was always the social news. Reports on people and their parties, cotillions, galas, coming-out parties, balls, socials, celebrations, festivals and fetes have been a “must read” during the Courant’s long history. These titillating tidbits provided insight into the pulse of the community, and of course everyone always loved the gossip about the way the “other half” lived. Yes, everyone wanted to know who poured tea, who made the debutantes list, the vacation comings and goings of the city’s rich and powerful, who attended and who was hosting the A-list get-togethers. And what was everyone wearing to these? That news made the social columns over the years, under the headers that were Java predecessors: “In The Social World,” “Society,” or “Social and Personal.” On Wednesdays during February we will revisit some of these social reports (written in period style)  on the balls, parties, dinners, fundraisers from years past.  Welcome to JAVA 250!

 

In 1867…….

Othello Presented

Allyn Hall was crowded last evening, with one of the finest audiences of the season to witness “Othello” by the company under Mr. Lowell’s management. The interest was admirably sustained throughout, and the audience held almost breathless in some portions. Mr. Davenport’s rendering of the jealous Moor was one of his best efforts, not strained or overdone, but full of passion and life. (1867)

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In 1924….

In The Social World

Mrs. Fred P. Holt of Elm Street gave a bridge party at her home Wednesday afternoon for the benefit of the Charter Oak Branch of the Sunshine Society. Mrs. William E. Hudson poured.

Mrs. Arthur L. Gillett of Marshall street was one of the chaperones at the Hartford Club on Friday at the performance of “Turtle Doves” given by the Jester’s of Trinity College.(Feb. 3, 1924).

 

In 1969….ivyball

Ivy Debs Rehearse for December Ball

Twelve debutantes have been selected for the third annual Ivy Ball. Sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Ivy Ball is Hartford’s leading Negro social cotillion and is traditionally held in December, this year Dec. 29 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hartford Hilton Hotel.

At the recent mother-daughter tea at the Wadsworth Atheneum the debutantes and their mothers were entertained by members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha. Mrs. Frank Jacobs, president, discusses the growing “importance of Negro women in Hartford’s social community.”

Joseph Albano of the Hartford Ballet co., assisted by his wife, Julia Frederick and Enid Lynn, demonstrated a presentation ceremony which will take place at the ball, (Aug. 3, 1969