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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)


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

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