A time-honored tradition was the pinnacle of the holiday season for more than 500 Montgomery area high school students who gathered for the 57th annual dance sponsored by The Montgomery Assembly. The Holiday Dance was held December 27th at the RSA Activity Center in downtown Montgomery. The highly anticipated event included teens in grades 9 through 12, representing many area high schools.
For more than five decades, the members of The Montgomery Assembly have hosted an annual Holiday Dance to honor their high school children. This tradition began in 1961 under the leadership of Mrs. John Ashley. Mrs. Ashley organized a group of parents and celebrated the holiday season with the first Assembly dance at the Whitley Hotel in downtown Montgomery.
The tradition continued this Christmas under the leadership of president, Julie Green, dance chairmen, Stuart Yelverton, treasurer, Lucile Lieux, secretary, Pam Stevenson, membership, Myra Dorey, and committee chairmen, Pat Budny, chaperones; Alex Parks, decorations; Holly Shegon, lead-out; Mary Lee Yelverton, coat check; Drennen Moore, invitations; Mary Elizabeth Collett, publicity; and Beth Hope, hospitality. These ladies along with many other parents prepared for an evening of music and dancing for the honorees and their guests.
Dining is a pre-dance tradition, whether at area restaurants or at special dinner parties hosted by parents. Many parents across the city opened their homes to groups of honorees and their guests for pre-dance dinners. These lovely homes were decorated for the holidays and provided wonderful backdrops for keepsake photographs as well.
As the honorees and guests began to arrive downtown, they were greeted by Assembly member chaperones in the magically transformed RSA Activity Center ballroom. Music by Just A Few Cats filled the room and promised to keep the dance floor hopping long into the night. Decorations chairman, Alex Parks and her committee used a theme of gold and white for the evening.Six round tables each featuring a small pre-lit Christmas tree added to the elegance of the evening. In addition to the Christmas tree, each table was adorned with snowflake confetti and votive candles. At the far end of the venue a large table contained glass containers overflowing with an assortment of candy. The table was decorated with pre-lit Christmas trees on each end and white snowflakes. Two large Christmas trees decorated with white lights and beautiful gold bows flanked the stage that was ready for the traditional lead-out presentation of senior and freshman honorees.
The flag featuring The Montgomery Assembly emblem hung behind the stage, bearing the image our state’s capitol dome, a shield surrounded by magnolia blossoms, and seven of the most well known flags to have flown over the site that is now Montgomery.
Promptly at nine o’clock, the doors closed and the most anticipated moment of the evening was underway. Proud parents and grandparents sat in chairs that lined the path their children would take as they were announced couple by couple by Master of Ceremonies, Pat Shegon. Cheered on by parents, grandparents, and friends, the honorees carried on the tradition of being presented to the group as they made their way through the festive crowd.
The senior honorees were John Quincy Adams sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John Quincy Adams III; Thomas Melton Amster sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alan Amster; William Chandler Armagost sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Bradley Armagost; Austyn Elizabeth Barnes sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Barnes; Madeline Elizabeth Brazil sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Lee Brazil; Philip Carter Burwell, Jr. sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Philip Carter Burwell; William Penton Cousins sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Penton Cousins, Sr.; Stephen Wyatt Davidson sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Lee Davidson; Anne Miles DeMott sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Miles Lamar DeMott; Myra Rivers Dorey sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jason Hollister Dorey; Bennett Clark Griffin sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Woodfin Holland Griffin; Charles Andrew Harris sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Marks Harris; Katharine Walraven Harris sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Marks Harris; William Oliver Hooper sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Earle Conwell Hooper, Sr.; Mimi Elizabeth Hope sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Randall Hope; Morgan Elizabeth Karst sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Charles Karst; Charles William Lee III sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles William Lee, Jr.; Mackenzie Lynn LeGrand sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Michael Vann LeGrand; Katherine Grace McIntyre sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Innes Thornton McIntyre IV; Lee Chapman Parks sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Chapman Parks; Altson McKinney Parsons sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Todd Malone Parsons; James Wells Rutland V sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. James Wells Rutland IV; Mary Stewart Shegon sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Michael Shegon; Elizabeth Ann Skoneki sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Scott James Skoneki; Frederick Somers Tippett sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Christopher Tippett; Margaret Collins Tippett sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Christopher Tippett; Isabel Riley Trehern sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Leo Riley Trehern, Jr.; Kenneth Dallon Wallis IV sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dallon Wallis III; Sidney Foster Ward sponsored by Ms. Burton Ward; Amelia Lancaster Whaley sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Alex Whaley II; Luke Jackson Whetstone sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John David Barranco; Bradley Weldon Willis, Jr. sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Bradley Weldon Willis; Lee Gayle Yelverton sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John Douglas Yelverton III.
Incoming freshman honorees were Winton Preston Cole Armagost sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Bradley Armagost; William Micou Jordan Barganier, Jr. sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Micou Jordan Barganier; James Alexander Brewbaker sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lansden Brewbaker; Alex Sabine Budny sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Patrick Budny; Louis Jones Corley IV sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jones Corley III; Jon Everett Dennis sponsored by David Jordan Dennis, Sr.; Hollister Kennedy Dorey sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jason Hollister Dorey; Mary Elizabeth Hill sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Chappell Henry Lipscomb Hill; Virginia Irene Hope Mr. and Mrs. Mark Randall Hope; Campbell McLemore Watson Jernigan sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alexander Conniff; James Pruitt Lee sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles William Lee, Jr.; Keith Stewart Miller, Jr. sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stewart Miller, Sr.; Bentley Anne Moore sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Tanner Moore III; Thomas Hardwich Morris sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Buford Harrison Morris III; Ella Katherine Osmer sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Raymond Osmer; Samuel Parker Patterson sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Weakley Patterson; Leighton McKinney Robertson sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. John Douglas Robertson; Robert Whitfield Shepherd VI sponsored by Mr. Robert Whitfield Shepherd V; James Mark Snead III Mr. and Mrs. James Mark Snead, Jr.; Harper Elizabeth Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Henry Randall Thomas, Jr.; Allen Carter Wallis sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dallon Wallis III; Katherine Noble Yelverton sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Noble Crump Yelverton.