The holiday season is bustling with formal affairs that entice many to get all gussied up for a night out. Cocktails, fine dining, and music are all set amid traditional red and green hues accented with sparkling lights.
Stone Oak Country Club had an early start Nov. 17 with its annual Holiday Lights complete with fireworks, a 12-piece band, and a DJ. Chairman Brooke Schmitz was assisted by her hubby Brian Schmitz and Cynthia and Jeff Coleman.
Toledo Yacht Club's Commodore's Ball Nov. 23 honoring 109th commodore Barry Vincent and lady Becky was a great way to show off the club in its holiday glory. Guests included commodores from Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, and Canada. The American and Canadian national anthems were sung by the incoming commodore's cousin Leigh Beining.
Belmont Country Club's winter dance Champagne and Mistletoe was Dec. 1 with Tom Szor on the baby grand during cocktails and dinner and Velvet Jones playing music for dancing. Event chairmen were Tom Tillander and Gina Shiffert, Rocky and Belinda Cavins, and Alex and Tracey Gerken and social chairman Berry Gilwee and her husband John.
Toledo Country Club's Holly Ball also was on Dec. 1 and by coincidence the theme also was Champagne and Mistletoe. Suburban Legend band played for dancing and once again JB Rorick led guests in a rousing rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Event chairmen were Carrie and John Wellstein, Katie and Nick Marconi, and Molly and Kevin Kerstan.
Alpha Phi Boule, the Toledo Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. founded in 1904 as the first African-American Greek lettered organization of professionals, hosted its Christmas party Dec. 1 at Brandywine Country Club. It was a celebration of the Archon's (members) Archousai (wives). President Thomas Winston with his wife Kelli, welcomed everyone. Recognized as 25-year members were Judge C. Allen McConnell, Dr. Jason Ofori, and author John Moore.
Among the guests were Mayor Mike Bell and Karen Jarosz, Barb and Tim Petee, Brian and Dee Dolsey, Pariss Coleman and wife Dr. Traci Watkins, Charles and Dominique Lash, former Mayor Jack Ford and his wife Cynthia, Calvin and Vicki Lawshe, and Sharon Speyer and Dean Monske.
Cotillion Dance Club hosted its holiday dinner dance Dec. 8 at The Toledo Club with Swingmania Band. Event chairmen Judy and Nick Dye and Claudia and Peter Handwork greeted everyone. Sue Moesser was there with her son Matthew Gutchess, visiting from the Ballroom Dance Club at the University of Michigan.
Sylvania Country Club's Snow Ball was Dec. 8 with a sushi bar during cocktails, an elegant dinner, the Hearts of Fire Band, and late night snacks. Chairmen were George and Michelle Mancy.