The Gloved Ones
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The Debutante Club of New Orleans requested the pleasure of one’s company for the presentation of the new members at the annual ball. It unfolded at the New Orleans Country Club, where Paul Lacour provided the staging. The two-tiered black stage had a blue backdrop centered with the large gold Debutante Club crest. Large planters with colorful flowers, two topiaries and lights further embellished the stage area.
Guests received invitations with the same crest gracing the cover, as it did on the programs, which listed the names of the debutantes, the new members presented. Each one was escorted by her father. The first was Miss Caroline Baily Acomb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight LeBlanc Acomb. Then came Misses Bailey Elizabeth Batt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John August Batt Jr.; Catherine Reese Bickham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joseph Bickham; Madeleine Anne Bienvenu, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Albert Bienvenu IV; Julia Anne Charbonnet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taylor Charbonnet; Elise Lockett Clay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George William Clay; and Mary Elizabeth Adrienne Conwill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Oza Conwill IV.
And, Misses Virginia DeRussy Dodenhoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Carrere Dodenhoff; Ellen Ashley Feringa and Megan Lane Feringa, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Peter Anthony Feringa III; Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis McDaniel Freeman Jr.; Jane Talley Hodges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Nalty Hodges; and Charlotte Worley Huger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Middleton Huger.
Had she been in attendance, Miss Madeline Ann Landry, would have curtsied next, but she is currently studying abroad. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dodt Landry.
Then came Misses Evelyn Lanier Langdale, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Pope Langdale III; Isabelle Walet Mulkin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Pearce Mulkin; Layne Watkins Nalty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Shaw Nalty; and Mary Fleming England Redd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund England Redd.
The last young ladies to process were Misses Katherine Kergosien Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lawrence Simmons Jr.; Eugenie Elizabeth Stall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ellender Stall; Mimi Elizabeth Waggoner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas Waggoner; Eugenie Cecile Whealdon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burton Whealdon; Anne Summers White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Forest White Jr.; and Shelby Jane Ottley White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bright White.
During the Carnival season of 2017, Miss Emily Dickson Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Conner Ellis III, was the queen of the Achaeans at the krewe’s gala masked ball. Earlier that debutante season, 2016-17, she was presented by the Debutante Club and returned for the most recent formalities as the president of the Debutante Club of New Orleans. After an introduction by the master of ceremonies, Miss Ellis faced the new club members and they all curtsied in unison.
Another in-attendance officer, a debutante from the previous season, was Miss Elizabeth Flower Redd, sister of the above Fleming Redd, and the most recent Atlanteans queen
“Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” as played by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra, was the first dance and it was reserved for the debutantes, the new Debutante Club members and their fathers. As they made dance-floor rounds, many of the presentees were still holding their bouquets of roses from Villere’s Florist.
The families then received compliments and retired to their individual tables, which had ivy topiary centerpieces with gold ribbon and ornamental balls as decorations. Guests enjoyed a traditional breakfast. Dancing later became the order of the evening, thanks to the removal of the chairs for the presentation, which allowed for a spacious floor. More and more people, three generations were represented, heeding the call of the music makers. “I’ve Got Rhythm,” was not only the processing song for Anne Summers White, but it set the tone for the lively legions, who danced the night away.
The 78th presentation of the Bachelors’ Club of New Orleans took place at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, preceded by a cocktail party in the St. James Room. Tasty nibbles were the food fare and lively sounds, the “menu” of The New Orleans Banjos + 2. Club President Jake Weinstock welcomed the guests, introduced the board and gave a formal toast to the presentees and their parents.
Then it was on to the Grand Ballroom, which had lovely floral embellishment by Steve Baker. Gilded branches placed in iridescent containers with ambient lighting decorated the tables and the debutantes carried nosegays of red roses. Paul Norman of Thibodaux Flowers provided the staging, which featured the club crest at the ballroom’s entrance and, on the presentation stage, ferns, red and gold draperies, and American and city of New Orleans flags. Mr. Howard Thompson served as the master of ceremonies.
Limelighted in the curtsying cotillion were Misses Sarah Elizabeth Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Fisher Alexander III; Isabelle Wyndham Marguerite Baugnies de Paul de Saint Marceaux, daughter of Mr. Oliver Baugnies de Paul de Saint Marceaux and Mrs. Eleanor Morehead Baugnies de Paul de Saint Marceaux; Katherine Michelle Bickham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Andrew Bickham; Elizabeth Lucy Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Stanley Carter; Katherine Sophie Diliberto, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Diliberto; Emily Elizabeth Frischhertz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Frischhertz; Juliet Carden Kalifeh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell M. Kalifeh III; Riley Marra Kirkpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Paul Kirkpatrick; and Lincoln Paige Kullander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric James Kullander.
Also, Misses Helen Claire Marsh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Patrick Marsh; Elizabeth Anne Mentz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nicholas Mentz III; Caroline Elizabeth Perlis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Wicker Perlis; Frances Elizabeth Reisman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Latham Reisman; Alison Margaret Rutherford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Alan Rutherford; Ashley Elizabeth Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craig Sanders; Holly Gernon Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Smith Sr.; and Martha Jane Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lawrence Williams.
Their escorts, Bachelors’ Club members, were Messrs. Austin Grant Eckles Brackett, Kenneth James Taylor Jr., Eben Alston Smitherman, Edwin August Friedrich Ellinghausen IV, Todd Bennett Johnson, Michael Joseph McKay, Williams Ralph Crutcher Sadler, Patrick Lightfoot Caliva, Trevor William Thompson, Charles Nicholas Mentz IV (escorting his sister), Blake Thomas Brinson, Patrick James Kiernan, Joseph Ryan Acomb, Robert Craig Sanders Jr. (escorting his sister), Howard Jordan Platt II and Adam Michael Laurie.
To the tune of “Easy Like Sunday Morning,” the young ladies and their escorts headed to the floor, followed by a deb-dad dance to “My Girl.” Az-Izz band from Atlanta took over the dancing and packed the premises for rollicking revelry.