The SPAC Winter Ball, DALLAS: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

The Tattlers have attended many theme parties this past year, but we must say that the revelers at Saturday’s SPAC Winter Ball really went all out for the DALLAS: Everything is Bigger in Texas theme.  400 guests turned out to support SPACA and as attendees lined up to get in we spotted cowboy boots, denim on denim, ten gallon hats, and oversize novelty belt buckles galore. Grand Central Station was front and center as you entered the Hall of Springs and there were guests on the dance floor from the beginning to the end of this high energy event. The Hall was transformed in “Soutfork Ranch” for the evening, with bales of hay and fun country western accents providing a festive Dallas vibe.

We bumped into Tom and Rachel Uccellini first, with Rachel absolutely on point with the theme wearing a gorgeous blue pantsuit that could have come straight out of an episode of the hit television show and a blow out that was unrivaled that evening. Tom went with a more low key preppy meets western look and topped it off with a cowboy hat perfectly. Dave and Traci Jersen were there, chatting with friends and enjoying some of the southwestern style fare. We chatted with Linda Passaretti, Director of Development at SPAC who got in the spirit in a great fringed jacket and Melissa Zieker who went with the big hair Dallas idea and pulled it off beautifully. Also spotted in denim and cowboy boots we saw Heather Kisselback, Ray Bryan, Natalie and Charles Wait, Jr., Rich White and Margaret D’Andrea, Fran Dingeman from exclusive media sponsor Star 101.3, Ciara Austin, Emily and Jerome Mopsik, Justin Jordan and Cassandra Partyka, and Jacob Hopper.

The mechanical bull lured people to it’s corner early on, and once the action started with the bull it didn’t stop. A first for the Tattlers, we absolutely had to try it and thought it was such a fun addition to the night. Plenty of party goers hopped on for a ride, both Alex and Tina Frolish took a spin, we saw the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Director Lois Celeste up there holding her own, but Adam Powers had the best performance, doing a very impressive flip on the bouncy bounce before he got on for his second ride of the evening.

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Adam Powers, expert mechanical bull rider. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks.

Guests had plenty of hot spots to hit while mingling with friends, and the Heather Bohm Tallman photo booth was buzzing all night where friends gathered in groups to put on their best cowboy and cowgirl poses complete with bandannas and toy pistols. The “Margarita Mania” giveaway table was also busy, and Molly Chiang was the winner of the Tuthilltown bourbon and whiskey package. Other great giveaway items included clear quartz drop earrings from Frank Adams Jewelers and Heather Hamell was the lucky winner of the Billy Pull-On Frye Boots.

Sliders and empanadas were on the Tex Mex themed menu, along with delicious little bites like mini fish tacos. Saratoga Eagle was the exclusive beer sponsor and Purdy’s Discount Wine & Liquor, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Empire Merchant North generously donated wine for the event. Tuthilltown Spirits was on hand to offer generous samples and Corinth Wine & Liquor provided the top-shelf tequila for “Margarita Mania”. Grand Central Station took a break for the costume contest, where Sam Chabot took home the coveted Best ‘JR’ Oil Baron Costume award. Everyone then kicked up their heels in true Dallas fashion and danced the night away in this little slice of the Lone Star State in Saratoga.

Emily and Jerome Mopsik. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks

Emily and Jerome Mopsik. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks

Matt Waddell, Maggie Goble, Ana O'Niel, Samantha Kercull, Jessica Mitchell and Sam Chabot. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks.

Matt Waddell, Maggie Goble, Ana O’Niel, Samantha Kercull, Jessica Mitchell and Sam Chabot. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks.

“This year’s Dallas themed Winter Ball was one for the record books. With Southfork Ranch décor, delicious southwestern cuisine,  amazing music by Grand Central Station, and a mechanical bull, it was a huge success,” said Winter Ball Co-Chair, Andrew Parsons. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, honorary committee members, and volunteers who invested their time, and talent to make this event the best yet and to all the guests whose enthusiasm created an unforgettable evening.”

Although we will miss the mechanical bull, the Tattlers can’t wait to see what the Junior Committee dreams up for next year’s Winter Ball. Kudos to everyone on the committee who made this such a fun Saratoga event!

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