Twelfth Night Ball steeped in tradition

January 2, 2014 

Waltz back into the 18th century when La Guiannee Societe marks the end of he Christmas season with the annual Twelfth Night Ball on Saturday in Prairie du Rocher.

Societe members will be dressed in their 18th century finest to dance amid the candlelight and draped decorations. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, but they are not required.

Cousin Curtis and the Cash Rebates, an oldtime string band, will play for waltzes, schottisches, polkas, reels and square dances. A caller will give brief instructions before the dances.

The ball is from 8 a.m. Saturday to midnight at the American Legion Hall, 508 Henry Street in Prairie du Rocher. Admission is $10.

A highlight comes at 9 p.m., when cake is served. In a tradition handed down from the earliest settlers of Prairie du Rocher, a piece of cake is offered to all gentlemen in attendance. The cake has four beans hidden inside; the first to find a bean becomes the King of the Ball. The remaining beans define the court. The lucky men then choose their ladies.

The American Legion offers a cash bar and several wines especially selected for the ball by Lau Nae winery. Bring your own wine glasses or use one of a few commemorative glasses that will be available for sale at the door.

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