Aspen History: A St. Patrick’s Day Ball
“After the Elks’ minstrels tomorrow night, the pleasure loving public will turn their attention to the grand St. Patrick’s Day ball given by the Knights of Wolfe Tone at Fraternal hall, Wednesday evening March 17,” announced the Aspen Democrat on March 14, 1909. “St. Patrick’s Day marks very nearly, the middle of the Lenten season and to those who observe the season closely, comes as a day of relaxation and social enjoyment. The St. Patrick’s Day ball is always one of the most notable balls of the season, and to the popular order of Wolfe Tone is due the credit. Harrington’s orchestra will have charge and the committee will have concluded all arrangements for making this year’s ball a more successful event than ever before. Bear the date in mind and make ready to dance with the sons of old Ireland on this favored day. You will have the time of your life so be there. And last but not least, don’t forget the ladies will serve a hot supper at Fraternal hall from 5 to 8 in the evening, so that the dancers may have the opportunity of securing refreshments. Patronize the ladies.” The image above shows Aspen and Aspen Mountain, circa 1910. The Smuggler and Mollie Gibson Mines are in the foreground.
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