Aspen History: Masquerade Ball
According to the Aspen Democrat on Oct. 30, 1908, “The masquerade ball given by the Aspen Fair ladies at the Hotel Jerome last evening was a splendid success in every particular. As one of the social events of the season, it will long be remembered, and from a financial standpoint, the ladies feel deeply grateful for the patronage they have received. The ballroom itself presented a scene of unusual beauty, the handiwork of the ladies who had the ball in charge. In every window, on the piano, and other nooks and corners, the smiling Halloween pumpkin was alight from within. Strung clear across the ceiling were banners and Japanese lanterns in profusion. Add to this the gaily colored costumes of the dancers and you have a real Halloween festival of mirth and merry making. There were quite a number of pretty costumes and a goodly number of spectators were also present to share in the good time. Dancing continued until a late hour when the strains of ‘Home, Sweet Home’ brought the evening’s festivities to a close.” This image of the Hotel Jerome was taken from the corner of Main and Mill Streets, circa 1900.