By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
The scene was glitz, shimmer and crystals Saturday night at the Frank Mayborn Center in Temple, as the Central Texas Orchestral Society and Wildflower Guild presented 18 young ladies in their junior year of high school as Wildflower Belles at the annual Wildflower Ball.
The Wildflower Belle Program helps raise awareness and funding for classical music in Central Texas in addition to volunteering and learning etiquette and traditional dancing.
“The Wildflower Belle Ball never ceases to be a magical event,” said Tristen Coffee, Senior Belle. “I was blessed enough to feel like a princess for an evening last year. I love seeing all the juniors in the spotlight tonight.”
This annual event is a black tie affair, complete with hors d’oeuvres during a social hour with an accompaniment by The Grazios String Quartet, which also played numbers from “The Sound of Music” as the Wildflower Belles were presented by their fathers to their escorts as they made their grand entrance to the ballroom.
Following the presentation of the young ladies, the Belles were promenaded around the ballroom with their fathers as they began their first waltz and were was “cut-in” by their escort.
In addition to the promenade and waltz was a three course meal, and a live band, “Time Machine,” provided the music for dancing well into the evening.
“Very elegant and extravagant event. I am excited for my daughter as she is a Junior Belle,” said Chuck Householder, father of Caitlyn, Junior Belle. “I finally get to dance with my daughter tonight. What happened to ‘Daddy’s Little Girl?’ (It’s) amazing how beautiful they are.”
Another program of the Wildflower Guild Program is the Junior Cotillions of Belton and Temple. Junior Cotillion is a program for middle school students which teaches social graces, dancing skills and concert etiquette.
“It is great to see so many girls serving the community and being honored tonight,” Legacy Belle Claire Lynch said. “This program is full of tradition that should always be kept and honored.”
One of the fundraisers this year was the 2014 Wildflower Belles (Senior Belles) held a formal and semi formal dress resale “Once Upon a Ball Gown” at the Cultural Arts Center in January to raise money for the Cultural Arts Center and to give an opportunity at a great price for other girls to afford beautiful dresses.
“Dresses were available for sale with prices between 10 and 50 dollars, and many were even designer gowns. They collected dresses for six months. They designed posters, postcards, and posted on social media about the Once Upon a Ball Gown sale,” said Lynda Pohl, mother of Madeleine Pohl, Senior Belle. “The Belles hope this first time sale will grow in the future and Senior Belles will be able to give back to the Cultural Arts Center as a thank you for all the support they have received throughout the years.”
Both Belles and escorts work together on community service projects and this year they decided to serve our veteran community. Throughout the year the young ladies and men spent their time at Central Texas Veterans Affairs hospital in Temple hosting such events as Pumkin Decorating, Cookie Day and an Ice Cream Social.
“It was a fabulous experience, and I can’t wait for my year as a Senior Belle next year,” said Caroline Stegall, Sophmore Belle.
For more information about Wildflower Belles, visit http://cacarts.org/wildflower-belles.