On the evening of Saturday, September 8 at the Montgomery Country Club, the Merrie Mimics Mystic Society officially opened the Montgomery Ball season with their 65th annual ball themed “You Can Call Me Zelda”. The Ladies of Merrie Mimics took its guests back to the 1920’s to celebrate and revel in the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and celebrated the 100th anniversary of her meeting F. Scott Fitzgerald at the Montgomery Country Club.
Upon entering, ball guests were transcended to the 1920’s Prohibition Era with memorabilia including rum barrels, prohibition rules and the impression of the time’s best Speakeasy. The upstairs ballroom and buffet area were adorned with Jazz Age decorations of feathers galore, French martini glasses, strands of white pearls, printed quotes by Zelda Fitzgerald and a champagne glass tower festooned in the center of the room.
In an effort to celebrate the Montgomery’s famous native, the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum graciously loaned Merrie Mimics artifacts that were displayed during the ball: including Zelda’s personal beaded purse, hand-made feather headband and cigarette holder, as well as, Zelda’s paintings, F. Scott’s writings and replicas of clothing from the time period, and an image of Montgomery Country Club from that time.
Following tradition, the ladies of Merrie Mimics wore black dresses and masks but took the theme a step further by wearing flapper style dresses, pearls and feathered headbands.
The Queen wore a stunning beaded silver sequined flapper style gown from Yvonne LaFleur in New Orleans, accessorized with her own vintage 1920’s style head piece serving as her tiara complete with her pearl and rhinestone mask.
Guests enjoyed the traditional tableau with a twist of “flapper” including perfectly themed music and a superior performance by local ballerina, Megan Thompson. Thompson danced to Dance of the Hours, the same song Zelda danced to at this same venue in July 1918, where her soon to be husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald fell in love at first sight.
As a token of appreciation, the Queen presented the board members and the Host Committee with a bottle of champagne and other themed gifts in gratitude for hosting and all their unfailing support and hard work in making this dream a reality. The membership of Merrie Mimics presented the Queen with two prints on canvas of Zelda’s artwork, which were also on display at the Ball.