Cumberland, Maryland (Entertainment)
11. What was the County Ball? Where and when did it take place?
The Allegany County Assembly, or commonly called the County Ball, was a group that got together for dinner and a dance each New Year's Eve. It was a group of people who were connected with the first Cumberland Country Club (1900) on Johnson's Heights near St. Mary's Catholic Church and from the Potomac Club (1905) and Shawnee Club. These people, instead of having several dances, got together for one big dance on New Year's Eve. The dance, for many years, was held at the Queen City Hotel Ballroom. An item in a local paper was a report of the treasurer of the Allegany County Ball Committee, George R. Wheeler. He stated there was a balance of $68.58 from the Ball of 1908. Receipts were $575.00, disbursements were $506.42. The largest item was to the Queen City Hotel of $245.00. Daisy's Orchestra cost $65.00.
On January 2, 1912, the 1911 County Ball was described in a local paper: "the elite of Cumberland and vicinity participated in the notable occasion at the Queen City." A description of the dresses worn by the ladies, color and material, was given. Some who attended were Lowndes, Hawkins, Roman, Averett, Henderson, Laney, Doub, Sloan, Schwartzenbach, Footer, McMullen, and many others. The dance program consisted of eighteen parts, such as waltz, two step, but first came the grand march. The 1915 County Ball was described as having an attendance that filled almost every foot of space on the dance floor at the Queen City Hotel. Dancing began at 9:45 PM and lasted until 2:00 AM. The grand march was led by George R. Wheeler and Miss Marie K. Holzshu. Professor George R. Daisy was floor manager. At midnight a buffet luncheon
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976