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Planners prepare for Battle Ball

Attendees to the annual Battle of Selma Ball attend the event, last year held at Sturdivant Hall, in period clothing. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 28.

From curtsies to bowing to ballroom dancing and southern etiquette made popular in the 19th century, the April 1865 Society will once again put on its annual Battle of Selma Grand Military Ball. The ball will be held Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. inside Sturdivant Hall. Tickets are $20 a person.

In a previous article with the Times-Journal, museum director Manera Searcy said she enjoys participating in the event, which has been a tradition in Selma since 1987.

“It’s just wonderful to participate in,” Searcy said. “It really is an experience the public won’t have any other place. It’s a lot of fun and a real treat … being at Sturdivant Hall only adds to the atmosphere.”

The “receiving” line will begin at 7 p.m., with dancing afterward from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Light refreshments will also be served. Dress code for the occasion, Searcy said, is strictly enforced.

“It’s period dress (1860 to 1865) and Victorian attire,” Searcy said. “Gentleman are required to wear a coat in order to be permitted; ages 14 and under must be accompanied with an adult. The ball is for re-enactors … we want to keep it as authentic as possible.”

Re-enactors for the Battle of Selma will participate in the Virginia Reel, a dance made popular between 1830-1890, allowing couples to face each other and dance a swinging trot. String bands will conduct music on the museum’s lawn as visitors enjoy mingling and eating refreshments.

Tickets can be purchased from Sturdivant Hall Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Selma & Dallas County Centre for Commerce, Truax & Co. and Swift Drug Co. No refunds on tickets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Old National Guard Armory. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase during the event.

For more information, call 872-5626 or email info@sturdivanthall.com.