Further fashionable society in 1864 Ryde
Isle of Wight Observer August 27 1864
A splendid and elegant ball was given on the 16th instant, at Park House, by General and Madame Zelaziewitch. 180 of the nobility and gentry attended in the lofty rooms of their residence, which, although decorated with beautiful paintings, bronzes and statuary, were on this occasion dazzling with lights and flowers. Seats were reserved for the chaperons in the ball room, and a sitting supper was laid out in the dining room and served hot, a la Russe. Target’s splendid band enlivened the dancing, which was kept up with great spirit on a beautiful parqueterie floor until 5 o’clock. The attentions of the host and the hostess to everybody were as endless as their hospitality.
Mr and Mrs Warren Hastings Anderson, entertained a fashionable circle at dinner, at Beldornie Tower, on Saturday evening last.
On Tuesday, Sir Augustus and Miss Clifford entertained at dinner, Lord Aukland, Hon. Miss Heathcote, Mr and Lady Anne Sherson, Major Vane, Sir Marcus and Lady Slade, Miss Slade, and Lord Seaton.
Miss Player, of Ryde House, gave a grand entertainment to a large circle of friends on Thursday evening. The musical arrangments were under the direction of Mr Salter.
INFIRMARY BALL – The annual grand ball in aid of the funds of this excellent institution took place on Friday night last, and was most brilliantly attended, and a list of the distinguished company was published in our second edition on Saturday last. The fine stringed band of the 26th Cameronians attended and played a programme of fashionable dance music in capital style, and Mrs Brading catered as liberally as was consistent with the charitable object in view. The demands of the town keep pace with the recent extensive additions made to the Town Hall, so much so that the Fish-market was metamorphosed into an elegant refreshment room. The Hall is now a fine room, and it was simply yet tastefully decorated on this occasion. Great praise is due to the stewards for the admirable manner they discharged their duties. We are requested by the Committee of the Royal Isle of Wight Infirmary to return their very cordial thanks to the lady patronesses, stewards, and public generally for the kind and ready support afforded to the charity in a variety of ways on the occasion of the ball, by means of which they are grateful to say the sum of £106 has been added to the funds of the institution.
The second private subscription soiree of the season took place at the Town-hall on Wednesday evening, and was attended by about 100 ladies and gentlemen. Dancing was kept up with great spirit to the music of the Hungarian Brothers, till between 2 and 3 o’clock, when the company separated, only regretting to think the charming room was to be spoilt the next day by a County Court being held there.