Berlin Gala Designed to Replicate Traditional Civil War Ball
Starn, Barbara, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Civil War era is not "Gone With the Wind."
A group of Civil War enthusiasts will host the fifth annual Civil War Gala from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Berlin Borough Building in Berlin, just outside of Somerset, at a cost of $10 per person.
The group, including Chris Sechler, Gail Smith, Robin Cordek, Becky Andrews and Gail Smith, was formed five years ago to plan a local ball. Today, it includes Katie Cordek and Monica Ashbrook.
Cordek, one of the organizers, says that the purpose of the gala is to give an opportunity for the public to enjoy mid-19th century dances, and to provide local reenactors and "living historians" a chance to go to a ball close to home.
"Balls are usually held at larger events," she said. "Not all of our living historian friends are able to drive the distance."
The evening will replicate a traditional Civil War era dance.
"There will be dancing -- starting of course with a grand march - - waltzes, reels, quadrilles, and many more," Cordek said. "There will be music of the time period, and light refreshments provided as donations by guests."
"The event has always had a Civil War theme," Cordek said. "The ladies who started the event, all Civil War enthusiasts, wanted a dance or ball that was close to home."
The group, now numbering six, has a combined experience of nearly 100 years in either Civil War re-enacting or living history.
"It is truly amazing to watch dances which have long ago been forgotten come to life in front of your eyes," Cordek said. "Beautiful ball gowns, dressed soldiers and handsome gentlemen will fill the hall on the last Saturday of the month. …