When the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra struck up “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” a coterie flocked to the dance floor to take a turn with their fathers. Many of the young ladies were holding their bouquets of red flowers. Touches of seasonal red, along with towering, lighted Christmas trees, and poinsettias embellished the host site, the Pickwick Club. Earlier, the figurative Mr. Pickwick had requested the pleasure of one’s company in his club rooms for a presentation, the 64th, honoring debutantes of the season.
Messrs. William H. Langenstein III and Patrick A. Talley Jr. were the reception’s co-chairmen; H. Mark Adams and Justin B. Schmidt, the vice chairmen, and L. Graham Arceneaux, Creed W. Brierre, Oliver C. Dabezies, Gavin H. Guillot, Edward J. Hemard III, Joe M. Inabnett, Paul J. Masinter, David L. Waller, and Charles T. Walsten, committee members. The club’s officers included President Karl E. Hoefer, Vice President P. Albert Bienvenu, Secretary-Treasurer Mahlon D. Sanford, and past President Dwight L. Acomb. Among the notable ladies in attendance were their wives or guests, and Mrs. Carlo Capomazza di Campolattaro, who conducted the rehearsal.
Making their curtsies before Pickwickians, family and friends were 21 debutantes, led off by Miss Sarah Kent Agnew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank de la Houssaye Agnew. Then came Misses Patricia McCarthy Beron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edouard Beron; Margaret Magee Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael James Brown; Grace Catherine Mallette Cary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rives Cary III; and Katherine Butler Countryman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clay James Countryman.
And, Misses Eleanor Brennan Davis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Edward Davis III; Caroline Grace Geary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Covert James Geary; Ellen Durel George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nicholas George III; Elizabeth Ashland Hines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hugh Hines; Avery Campbell Hinrichs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Turner Hinrichs; Carolyn Wood Holtzman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Louis Holtzman; and Sage Lyons Laborde, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Peter Laborde Jr. and daughter of Mrs. Pia Lyons Laborde.
Also, Misses Charlotte Lane Langenstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Langenstein III; Regan Starnes Nelson, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allan Nelson and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Alexander Brown; Marguerite Cargill O’Quinn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Wayne O’Quinn; Karoline Havens Mallette Patrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joseph Patrick; Jamie Favre Pellerin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Willis Pellerin; and Caroline Withnell Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Patrick Reed.
And, Miss Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert St. George Tucker Weinmann; Catherine Turner Worley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bruce Worley Jr.; and Winifred Miller Yeates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Ames Yeates. The mothers of Misses Brown and Langenstein, respectively as Suzanne Elizabeth Schmitt and Edith Charlotte Parker, were presented at the Pickwick Club when they made their debut.
Songs of their choosing accompanied each debutante as she was presented, some with sentiment, such as “Hello Dolly” for Laney Langenstein. All 21 were enfolded in the number chosen by Ashland Hines, “Isn’t She Lovely,” while the above “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” was the post-curtsies cue for the fathers and their daughters to dance.
After the presentation floor was cleared, the area was set up for the 10 p.m. traditional New Orleans breakfast and general dancing. Moments later, the Maxwell Orchestra rendered “When You’re Smiling,” and everyone followed suit.
Ballo di Natale
The Versailles Ballroom of the Hilton Riverside was the location for the Elenian Club’s Ballo di Natale and the formal focus on their eight debutantes and nine ladies in waiting. Club headliners included President Marita Romano with husband/master of ceremonies Frank; Ballo Chairwoman Maria Bertucci Villafranco with husband Daniel, son Christian and daughter Sophia (a 2013 deb); Robin Hummel with son Austin and daughter Anna; Faith Peperone with Billy; Carol Schiro with Gerry; Elizabeth Maenza Bertucci (queen of the Elenian Ball in 1960) with Chris Jr.; Eileen Clesi Boudoin with Gerald; and Joy Cuoco Alcus (Elenian queen in 1959) and Samuel.
Club debutantes, their parents and seven sets of grandparents were Misses Sophia Marie Bankson — Gina Bankson and the late Kelly Bankson, and the Gerard J. Schiros; Francesca Rose DeVille — Mr. and Mrs. Barry DeVille, and the Schiros; Katherine Elizabeth Dornan — Genevieve Dornan, and the Samuel T. Alcuses III; Ann-Marie Louise Hasney — Lisa Caracci and Sean Cursain, and the Kelly Hasneys; Olivia Annabelle Kilpatrick — Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus R. Kilpatrick III, and the Sam Z. Scandaliatos; Katherine Carmen Leighton — Mr. and Mrs. Gregory T. Leighton, and the Gerald Boudoins; Marissa Antoinette Orlando — Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Orlando; and Courtney Nicole Tanner — Mr. and Mrs. Brian Tanner, and the Glenn S. Deshotels.
The nine ladies in waiting and their parents were Misses Emily Jeanette Barraco — the Joseph Barracos; twins Ava Elizabeth D’Arensbourg and Lora Elise D’Arensbourg — the Anthony D’Arensbourgs (and celebrating their joint birthday that night); Camille Marie D’Arensbourg — the Leonard D’Arensbourgs Jr.; Hailey Grace D’Arensbourg and Kate Marie D’Arensbourg — the Paul D’Arensbourgs; Collins Olivia Golemi — the Todd Golemis; Elliena Marie Ingraham — the Charles Ingrahams; and Mia Katherine Parrish — Dr. and Mrs. James Parrish. Grandparents included the Barry Breauxs, Marie Hasney (for all five D’Arensbourgs), Patricia Golemi, the Deshotels, and Gloria Parrish.
Further features of the delightful Ballo were the Christmas décor, a dinner, the festive sounds of the Jerry Embree Band, and the appearance of Santa (Ira Savoie, husband of LeeAnne Leopold Savoie) with gifts.