Excelsior Lodge Ball: Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund Benefit

Event Information

Irving Hall

Mr. Venning

Record Information


Last Updated:
2 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Jan 1867, Evening

Program Details

Organized by Excelsior Lodge, No, 195, F. and A.M.

Mr. Venning conducted the unidentified brass band.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Review: New York Herald, 16 January 1867, 5.

“The ball given last night by Excelsior Lodge, No. 195, F. and A. M. in aid of the Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund was one of the most brilliant gatherings which has met in Irving Hall this season. Over three hundred persons were present, comprising a large number of the élite and beauty of the city. The Seventh regiment string band discoursed sweet music while the mazy dance occupied the company, and a new efficient brass band, under the leadership of Mr. Venning, took up the strain when promenading was in order. Dancing commenced at about ten o’clock. The fair ladies present seemed to be untirable, and to be determined to keep their gallant partners fully employed. Quadrille succeeded march, and schottische quadrille, with a rapidity delightful to all lovers of exercise on the light fantasie toe. The room presented a very sparkling appearance; the toilets of the ladies, with their pleasing contrasts and dazzling brightness, were very effective, making a coup d’oeil od considerable beauty. The whole affairs [sic] reflects great credit on the committee who had to management in charge. [List of some members of the committee.]”