In one of the most anticipated events leading up to the final weekend of Carnival, the Atlanteans once again held their annual ball on Tuesday at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Reigning as queen of the ball was Miss Jane Talley Hodges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Nalty Hodges.
Maids to her majesty's royal court were Misses Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis McDaniel Freeman Jr.; Charlotte Worley Huger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Middleton Huger; Mary Fleming England Redd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund England Redd; Anne Summers White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Forrest White Jr.; and Grace Catherine Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Halsey Williams.
Pages were Masters Christopher Forsyth Hovet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Steward Hovet; and Collier Pratt Villere, son of Mr. and Mrs. St. Denis Julien Villere III.
The theme of the ball was “Bogue Chitto Choctaw Bugalu” in celebration of Lord Poseidon’s renowned attachment to the Mississippi. On this 300th anniversary, the Earth Shaker himself enjoined his Miltonians to treasure the formative role played by the glorious Choctaw in the survival of the river bank domain. Thereby, the Tamer of Sea Stallions sets forth this unelaborated narrative for the enlightenment of his beloved subjects:
When Iberville colonized the Gulf South, the strongest entity in it, whether European or Indian, was the Choctaw tribe. The French had extensive expertise with the Canadian tribes, and in 1711, Bienville stated that an alliance with the Choctaw was “the key to this country.” A successful treaty and relationship were forged. Decades later, General Kerlerec declared that this Choctaw alliance was the continuing sine qua non of New Orleans security. Later, the Choctaw fought for the Spanish in their conquest of Mobile and Pensacola, just as they fought for General Wayne at Fallen Timbers and General Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. Eventually, the Choctaw were overwhelmed by European settlement, but it is good to remember that without them, we would not be celebrating the three-century anniversary.
The chairman of the court committee was Mr. Alfred Whitney Brown III, who was assisted by the co-chairmen Messrs. Kimberlin Price Butcher, Walter Chew Flower III, Peter Lawrence Freeman, Peter Michael McEnery, Paxton Legier White and John Forrest White.