The Bal is a fundraiser for Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital and a debutante presentation for girls in their junior year of college. Since the girls’ families support the hospital by participating in the Bal, the girls are now called sponsors.
With Alison away on vacation with her family, I did double-duty that night as the mother of a sponsor and our photographer of the glorious event.
No detail was overlooked that evening to wow the guests. Upon arrival, we were greeted by
the valet staff clad in Bermuda shorts. We walked through the foyer and were swept away in the Bermuda current.
guided the guests into the main ballroom where the impressive iconic pineapples prompted audible gasps of delight.
The club’s culinary team delivered Bermuda’s complex cuisine derived from its English, African and Portuguese heritage on tables adorned to to rival any international fête.
An evening in Bermuda would be incomplete without a nod to its charming architecture, found here at the opposite end of the ballroom.
Inside the tent, the dance floor was lined on either side with tables for each sponsor’s family.
Prior to the presentation, the sponsors left the party and readied themselves upstairs, where they received their bouquet
and awaited the descent down the stairs to their presenters.
At 8:30 the presentation of the 40 sponsors began. Each girl and her presenter made their way through the escort-lined aisle on to the dance floor.
and the ballroom became awashed in the coral hues from the lanterns overhead. After the presentation, the sponsors performed the traditional figure. Each girl enjoyed the first dance with her presenter and danced the night away.
The jitters wore off as the dancing continued and I even coaxed my son to the dance floor.
I applaud the Junior Board of Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital for staging a magnificent event. In Virginia where traditions are cherished and revered, the Bal du Bois is one for the ages.
June 2, 2014