We showed up nice and early to SPAC’s Winter Ball on Saturday and apparently so did everyone else. The Hall of Springs started filling up as soon as the doors opened to guests and party goers wasted no time in getting into the swing of the Moscow Winter Wonderland in store for them as part of the fabulous Russian Whiteout theme of the evening. The ball was hosted by SPAC’s Junior Committee, and seems to be growing in size and popularity every year.
Fur was definitely the hottest accessory that night, but it wasn’t just for the ladies. Men and women alike sported Russian style hats and plenty of fur topped Saratogians were spotted weaving through the crowd. The dress code was cocktail attire “with a Russian twist”, and as usual the enthusiastic crowd at this event took this up a notch. We saw “winter brides” sporting long white gowns, men in white tuxes, traditional Russian garb tweaked with a modern style, and plenty of playful nods to this year’s Winter Olympic hosts.
There were plenty of hot spots to hit that night, and guests gathered around the Snow Cone Cocktail table as well as the vodka bar complete with an ice luge. Beautiful dancers from Northeast Ballet Company dressed in gorgeous winter themed costumes worked the crowd selling raffle tickets and their charm was very difficult to say no to, as was the chance to win some of the great raffles. Servers glided through the packed room carrying aloft trays of winter themed bites like tiny pots of french onion soup and the “Italian Outpost” featuring signature cocktails and imported cheeses was another high traffic spot.
Five piece party band Saving Atlantis got the guests on the dance floor quicker than usual with their perfectly chosen mix of cover songs, and we spotted Tina Nigro putting her white go go boots to good use dancing with husband Kyran. The dance floor bumped right up into the throngs of mingling guests, happy to be free of cabin fever for the evening, and spotted catching up with friends we saw Meredith and Paul von Schenk, Charles and Natalie Wait, Emily and Jerome Mopsik, SPAC Chief Marketing & Development Officer Shane Williams Ness looking stunning in a black leather shift from Piper Boutique, Natalie McClain and her fiancee Matt Pinckney, Amy and Chuck Pickney, Ryan Bouchey, Laura & AJ Palkovitch, Nick Pavoldi, Ray Bryan, Abe and Angie Sultan, Rick Partyka, there with daughter Cassandra, Justin Jordan, and Heather Varney. Rachel Uccellini, there with husband Tom, got our pick for the best dressed, looking every inch a glamorous ice queen in a to die for BCBG lace dress.
Perhaps one of the most popular spots of the night was the Heather Bohm Tallman photo booth. Guests waited in line for the chance to get their photo snapped by Saratoga favorite Tallman, and we adored the extra added fun of a little sprinkle of snow tossed onto guests just as they were about to say cheese. Before the night was through the “Russian Ice Queen” and “Moscow Mafia Man” Costume Contest winners were announced to much applause, and guests had a chance to get on the dance floor one more time. Overall a fabulously successful event for the SPAC Junior Committee, and we are certain we aren’t the only ones already excited to see what fun they come up with for next year.
We chatted with SPAC Junior Committee member Meredith von Schenk about the event, who told us, “We had record attendance at our winter ball this year and couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. We would not have pulled it off without the tremendous support of the SPAC Junior Committee and of course Kristy Godette and Mary Jane Sweetland”.