The Knights of Momus, for the 147th time, recreated their traditional ceremony of the scrolls Thursday when they staged their bal masque at the Orpheum Theater. As is the custom at the ball of this krewe, the stage setting was dominated by Momus’ famous motto “Dum Vivimus Vivamus,” which means “While We Live, Let Us Live” in Latin.
Following the national anthem, a brief tableau ensued, whimsically invoking this year’s theme, “The World Turned Upside Down.”
Seated on the royal dais with Momus, the god of mirth and mockery, was Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burton Whealdon, who was chosen earlier to rule over the evening’s festivities. Maids to her majesty were Misses Caroline Bailey Acomb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight LeBlanc Acomb; Elizabeth Lockwood Atherton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Curwen Atherton; Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis McDaniel Freeman Jr.; Julia Murphy Grehan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hughes Grehan; Charlotte Worley Huger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Middleton Huger; MaryClair Mitchell Ives, daughter of Dr. Christopher Winthrop Ives and Ms. Lynn McConnell; Mary Fleming England Redd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund England Redd; Anne Summers White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Forrest White Jr.; Shelby Jane Ottley White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bright White; and Mimi Elizabeth Waggoner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas Waggoner and granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Worthing Calhoun.
Once the court was on the dais, last year’s queen, Miss Virginia Parker Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Gordon Stewart, was presented to their majesties and given a bouquet of red roses.
Armed with the regal scroll bearing the name of the demoiselle who was to reign as monarch for the evening, Mr. Michael K. Fitzpatrick, general chairman of the ball, headed to the call-out section to search for Miss Whealdon. Once located, she was presented with the document declaring her queen of the ball.
A crown, on which the Momus crest glowed softly, was placed on the young queen’s head. Draped upon her shoulders, atop a traditional white ball gown, was a mantle of gold lamé bearing the crest of the Knights of Momus and adorned with Austrian crystal rhinestones and sequins. The queen was then presented with the traditional cascade bouquet of white orchids.
In the wake of the captain came the dukes, each carrying a scroll bearing the name of a young lady who would be a maid in the court of the ball. Again, there was a search in the call-out section. After the young ladies had been located, they were presented with their scrolls and the traditional cascade bouquet of yellow cymbidium orchids.
Immediately following the ball was an impromptu supper honoring the queen and her royal entourage.
In addition to the general chairman, Mr. Fitzpatrick, the ball committee consisted of Messrs. G. Arthur Seaver III, Gerard A. Plauché, Millard B. Morrison, Charles E. Redfearn, Timothy C. Brennan and Gordon L. Wogan.