- November 23, 2022
The Bal Masque which was held in the ballroom of the Park Hotel Wednesday evening, under the auspices of the Art Guild was one of the most elaborate, if not the most elaborate of the kind that has ever been seen in this city in many years. The committee in charge worked tirelessly to make
The Bal Masque which was held in the ballroom of the Park Hotel Wednesday evening, under the auspices of the Art Guild was one of the most elaborate, if not the most elaborate of the kind that has ever been seen in this city in many years. The committee in charge worked tirelessly to make the affair a success and were well repaid for their efforts.
Advanced announcements indicated that the affair would take the form of an Oriental fete and the guests were convinced at once of this as they entered the ballroom which had been magnificently decorated with a gorgeous array of Oriental rugs valued at a small fortune. One of the rugs was between 600 and 700 years old and in it was woven the history of the many generations of an Oriental family.
Between the rugs on the wall were huge black vases gaily decorated in gold, peacocks and other flowers and other designs and gorgeous gilded balloons. The plants were wrapped in black with huge grape leaves. Oriental lamps and shaded chandeliers gave off a soft glow to the lighting effects.
The main dining room of the hotel which had been cleared for cards, was transformed in a lovely Oriental Garden with dozens of garlands of colorful flowers, Japanese parasols and lanterns.
Mrs. G.V. Watkins was general chairman of the committee on arrangements and to her much of the credit belongs for the elaborate decorations.
All who were attired in costumes entered the ballroom through the hand painted screens, the effect of which was very beautiful with the spotlight thrown on the gay colored attire. The judges made their selections for the various prize awards. This was followed by a grand march.