Friday, August 20, 2010

A ball for Bavarian duke

August 20, 1910

Mrs. Ogden Goelet gave a dinner and a ball tonight in honor of her guest, Duke Franz Josef in Bavaria, at Ochre Court, reports the New York Times. The gala event was preceded by a dinner on the terrace. At the hostess's table were the Duke, Congressman and Mrs. Nicholas Longsworth, Lord Rocksavage, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goelet, Mrs. Ogden Mills, Mrs. Cavendish Bentinck, Capt. von Lossow, the Duke's aid and Count Georg Wedel of the German Embassy in Washington.
The grounds "were illuminated and the dinner appointments and the curtain hung terrace were bedecked with American beauty roses. The verandas were hung in turkey red, with tiny electric arcs." Every table "was ornamented with Dresden baskets of the period of Louis XVI, in keeping with the scheme of decorations throughout Ochre Court."

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