Fact or Fiction?

Fact or Fiction:

Winthrop used to sponsor an annual Christmas Ball for students.

 

Christmas Ball- ca1960s
Christmas Ball- ca1960s

 

 Fact:

In the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Winthrop students enjoyed an annual Christmas Ball. It was held in the Dining Hall, now known as McBryde Hall, on the Saturday before school let out for the Christmas holidays. Usually around 1,000 students and their dates attended the festivities which lasted from 8:00 pm to 11:45 pm. A student committee consisting of 10 to 12 students planned the dance. Decorations included a tree and some years had a theme. In 1954 the theme was Winter Wonderland. The bands for the dances included such groups as Henry Westbrook, Charlie Spivak, Tony Torre, and Glen Miller. It was a formal dance and the students shined in their beautiful dresses. Of course there were chaperones, and there was usually a receiving line which the President, his wife, various college officials, and student leaders greeted guests. Refreshments were served at intermission when the band took a break. The tradition of a formal Christmas Ball ended in the late 1960s.

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