Friday, February 17, 2017
In honor of Henry Flagler's extraordinary life and legacy, in Florida and Palm Beach, the Whitehall Society will host a Bal Poudré at the Flagler Museum on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Bal Poudrés are literally powdered wig balls, and were popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, both in America and in England. For example, in England, the Countess of Warwick loved to host Bal Poudrés. In America, Bal Poudrés were an interesting fusion of America’s fascination with Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI and America’s hero worship of George and Martha Washington. Bal Poudrés were typically hosted around the time of George Washington’s birthday, in late February or early March, which coincided perfectly with the end of the Season in Palm Beach. On March 3, 1903, the first Bal Poudré in Palm Beach was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flagler in Whitehall’s Grand Ballroom. It was described in a newspaper account of the time as, “One of the most sumptuous social affairs ever attempted south of Washington.” From that first Bal Poudré at Whitehall in 1903 sprang all of the galas hosted each year for which Palm Beach has become so well known.
Presented by the Flagler Museum’s Whitehall Society, the Soirée Poudré was added as a spectacular crowning event to the Bal Poudré for the first time in 2015.
Following the Bal Poudré dinner, guests are invited to join the Soireé Poudré in the Museum’s Flagler Kenan Pavilion. Hosted by the Whitehall Society, the Museum’s next generation of friends and supporters, guests will enjoy cocktails, entertainment and dancing. Proceeds from the entire evening benefit the Flagler Museum’s education programs.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities please call Allison Goff at (561) 655-2833 ext. 16 or complete this e-mail form: e-mail contact form
Bal Poudré 2015 was sponsored by: