Ball presents four women to Hagerstown society

February 02, 2012
  • The annual Assembly Club of Hagerstown Ball formally introduced four young women to Hagerstown society, as is the tradition of the Assembly Club of Hagerstown. The women asre, clockwise, from lower left, Abigail Urner, Courtney Peterson, Stephanie Sasse and Christiana Tiches.
Photo courtesy of Mary Pat Kelly

On Dec. 28, four young Washington County women were presented at the annual Assembly Club of Hagerstown Ball at Fountain Head Country Club.

The ball preserves an early Southern tradition, one introduced at the Assembly Club of Hagerstown in 1930.

Abigail Lindsay Urner and escorts Todd Hart Hershey of Keedysville and Wyatt Reeder of Hagerstown led the couples in a circular promenade before more than 200 onlookers.

Courtney Marie Peterson was escorted by James K. Peterson of Sharpsburg and Elias Nicholas Orfan of Hagerstown.

Christiana Tiches was escorted by Benjamin Wakelin Louderback of Hagerstown and James Henry Howard, of Richmond, Va.

Stephanie Erin Sasse was escorted by Zachary Abeles and William Holzapfel, both of Hagerstown.

The couples made their entrance to "Pomp and Circumstance."

Wearing floor-length white gowns and white gloves, and red roses, the women were introduced in a receiving line to the board of  governors by their fathers, and then danced to the song "What a Wonderful World."

Dinner and dancing to the band High Society followed.

White ties, black tailcoats and ball gowns were the order of the evening.

Abigail Urner, daughter of Hammond and Ann Urner, wore a ball-gown style dress in the color of soft white with a taffeta rose belt.

Courtney Peterson, daughter of James and Susan Peterson, wore a white lace-sheathed, cap-sleeved gown.

Christiana Tiches, daughter of Charles and Anastasia Tiches, wore a strapless, full-length empire-waisted gown of white satin, accented with pearls and crystals.

Stephanie Sasse, daughter of Claude and Maureen Sasse, was bedecked in a winter white strapless satin gown, beaded and embroidered with lace appliques.

The evening was a culmination of receptions which introduced the young women to Hagerstown society, as is the tradition of the Assembly Club, which origin started in 1884.

All of the young women are college students who returned for the festivities, celebrating with family, friends and Assembly Club members.

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