Memories of grand Bay City Yuletide parties

FINAL HOLIDAY BALL IS SUCCESS
   The ninth annual ball of the Benedict Club of Bay City, which occurred Friday evening last, was the final hospitality of the holiday season. 
   The spacious district court room, with its dainty and attractive elaboration of the ever delightful pink chrysanthemums, with the Christmas tide suggestion of bells and holly, mistletoe and palms, forming a picturesque setting for this handsomely appointed ball tendered the younger friends of Bay City’s married contingent. 
   Festoon upon festoon, garland upon garland of fluffy pink chrysanthemums adorned the walls of the ball room, hanging in graceful fashion from the corners of the room to the center, where pendant was a huge red bell, interspersed here and there with Southern smilax, making a most attractive central point in the decorative scheme. 
   Substituting the doorways, were arches of the same lovely pink flowers, while over the alcoves afforded by the architectural design of the room, were groups of arches in three, where cozy corners, comfortably appointed in settees, palms and ferns, found high favor with those present. 
   Accentuating the stairway to the balcony, where supper was served, and which lent itself most attractively to the grouping of the tete-a-tete tables, and to the comfort and artistic effect of the position of the orchestra, was yet another archway of lovely pink and green, which held a string of lovely lights, in dainty tones, that seemed to fairly radiate good cheer and hospitality, and beckon one on most invitingly to come up and partake of the good things above.
   Palms and ferns lined the walls and cozy spots, and were grouped most effectively wherever space permitted, while the holiday note was further emphasized by four arches of red and green, hung with tiny red bells, that marked the line of the grand march, at the four points of the room, and forming a most beautiful and “Christmasey” pathway of holiday pleasure for the seventy-five couples participating in the grand march, which was so effectively led by Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Eidman, at the conclusion of which little Miss Mary LeTulle Rugeley and Miss Arnold, gave to each dancer a program showing blue and white embossing, disclosing twenty-four regular dances and six extras, which carried the program, together with the much called for “off the program dances” far into the early hours of a new day. 

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