The Ribbon Club of Georgetown held its annual Christmas Ball at the Winyah Indigo Society Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10. A reception was held for members from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a social hour at 8:30 p.m. The Grand March of the ball began at 9 p.m.
In a continuing highlight of the holiday season in Georgetown, members of the Ribbon Club presented four young ladies to society.
Presentations were made following the grand march. Being presented were Elizabeth Wilson Barr, Margaret Isabel Brown, Madison Claire Killen, and Taylor English McConnell.
The debutantes marched with their presenters through a debutante arch covered with pink debutante camellias, similax, and baby’s breath. Before their presentation, marshals formed an aisle with white ribbons and bows.
Co-host couples for the 2016 Christmas Ball were Mr. and Mrs. Landy Wood Avant III and Mr. and Mrs. William Franklin Gray Jr. The theme for this year’s ball was “A Colonial Christmas.” The decorations included clippings of magnolia, smilax, cypress and pine along with the use of whole fruits, lanterns and accents of red. Music was provided by “The Sugarbees” from Lynchburg.
Here is a look at the four debutantes:
Elizabeth Wilson Barr
Elizabeth Wilson Barr is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Haile Barr Jr. of Columbia. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Itly Wilson III and Mr. and Mrs. George William Dudley Jr. Paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Haile Barr Sr.
She graduated from Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and is a sophomore accounting major at the College of Charleston.
Elizabeth was presented by Mr. David Itly Wilson III and escorted by Joel Riddick Dorn, a junior at Clemson University. He is majoring in wildlife and fishery biology. Dance marshals were Herbert Glennie Tarbox Jr. and Richard Neal Swann.
She wore a white floor-length satin gown featuring an A-line silhouette, with ruching, creating a draped asymmetrical skirt, accented by hand-made satin straps with appliquéd miniature olive branch leaves.
Margaret Isabel Brown
Margaret Isabel Brown is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Douglas Brown of Fort Mill. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson Mayer Jr. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wyatt Brown.
She graduated from Fort Mill High School and is a freshman at the College of Charleston.
Margaret was presented by her grandfather, Robert Thompson Mayer Jr., and escorted by Mark Alan Nash Jr., a freshman at the University of South Carolina. Dance marshals were James Harold Green and Mark McAllister Ballard.
She wore a sleeveless A-line gown of ivory taffeta with a V-shaped neckline and back.
Madison Claire Killen
Madison Claire Killen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Killen IV of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Thomas Somma. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Killen III.
She graduated from Charlotte Christian School and is a sophomore criminal justice major at the University of South Carolina.
Madison was presented by James Thomas Killen III and escorted by James Thomas Killen IV, who is majoring in journalism at the University of South Carolina. Dance marshals were Edward Shields Kimbrough Jr. and James Charlie Daniels.
She wore a traditional ball gown with a full skirt. The gown was made of white silk satin and featured cap sleeves and a bateau neckline. The bodice of the gown was fitted at the waist and accented with pearls.
Taylor English McConnell
Taylor English McConnell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Irwin McConnell of Georgetown. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bennett Coble. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Havey Harrison McConnell.
She graduated from Georgetown High School and is a sophomore elementary education major at Coastal Carolina University.
Taylor was presented by her father, Timothy Irwin McConnell, and escorted by Josue Jariel Sierra, who is a sophomore business management major at Coastal Carolina University. Dance marshals were Kent Lee Moore and David Alan Martin.
She wore a billowing iridescent chiffon evening gown with yards of delicate, whisper-thin material layered to create a floor-length skirt. The ruched, wrap-style sweetheart bodice was bordered by a demure waistband.
The Ribbon Club of Georgetown is a married couple’s dance club and was founded on Jan. 5, 1957.
The executive committee is made of Mrs. Ryan Jeffrey Call, Mrs. David Boineau Edwards, Mr. James Rone Felts IV, Mrs. Scott Webster Hutto, Mrs. John Lee Kester, and Mrs. Robert Jackson McCarley IV.
The officers are: president, Scott King Herrington; vice president, James Alton Morris III; and secretary/treasurer, Mrs. Jonathan Scott Reece Angner. The new officers for 2017 are: president, James Alton Morris III; vice president, Randerson Ivy Stephens Jr.; and secretary/treasurer, Mrs. Ryan Jeffry Call and Mrs. William Andrew Crocker.
On July 31, a drop in was hosted by Mrs. James Thomas Killen III for the Georgetown Ribbon Club debutantes, their mothers, and grandmothers at her home at Litchfield-By-The-Sea. Members of the debutante committee were also in attendance. The debutantes and their families were entertained with stories of past balls by Mrs. Wright Sparks Skinner Jr. Refreshments consisting of a special cake decorated with a formal white gown and pink lemonade was served. The debutantes were presented with pink monogrammed beverage cups.
A drop-in was held on Nov. 5 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Scott Reece Angner for the debutantes. The drop-in was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. John Everett Bazemore, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kim Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. David Alan Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Kent Lee Moore and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin LeRoy Plexico.
A rehearsal dinner was held on Friday, Dec. 9, at Kimbel Lodge for the debutantes and their parents. The catered menu consisted of a mixed green salad, a choice of shrimp and grits or bacon-wrapped chicken, green beans, and cheese biscuits. A layered banana pudding inside pint-sized Mason jars was served for dessert. Hosts for the rehearsal dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Scott Reece Angner, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Jeffrey Call, Mr. and Mrs. James Charles Daniels, Mr. and Mrs. David Boineau Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. James Rone Felts IV, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kim Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Scott King Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Webster Hutto, Mr. and Mrs. John Lee Kester, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shields Kimbrough Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Klopp, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Phillip Lazzari, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson McCarley IV, Mr. and Mrs. James Alton Morris III, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gary Pope Jr., Mrs. Wright Sparks Skinner Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Faye Thompson Jr.
On Dec. 10, prior to the ball, a reception was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Haile Barr Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Richard Douglas Brown, Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Killen IV, and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Irwin McConnell, the parents of the debutantes, as a way to say thank you to the Ribbon Club members for presenting their daughters to society.
Greeters were Mr. and Mrs. Scott King Herrington and Mr. and Mrs. James Alton Morris III.
Adorning the debutante table as the centerpiece was the traditional silver candelabra holding five epergnes. The floral arrangement consisted of one red rose from each debutante’s bouquet with a red ribbon extending from the rose to the table. Baby’s breath flowers and greenery accented the arrangement. Silver punch bowls were placed at either end of the table.
Honorary hosts and servers were Mr. and Mrs. Kevin LeRoy Plexico, Mr. and Mrs. John Everette Bazemore, Mr. and Mrs. Vann Wayne Tucker, Mrs. Richard Edward Toemmes, Mr. and Mrs. James Harold Green, Mr. and Mrs. Mark McAllister Ballard, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kim Harrington.