Lackawanna Historical Society plans 14th Annual Grand Civil War Ball


SCRANTON — The Lackawanna Historical Society will host its 14th Annual Grand Civil War Ball Saturday, April 14 at The Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 8 p.m., with music by period dance band Spare Parts and prompting by Ball Preceptor Martha Griffin.

The Civil War Ball is an effort to recreate a period ball from the 1860s. Dancers will spend the evening participating in many of the dances popular during the time of the Civil War. Period dress and dress blues or grays are greatly admired, but not required. Modern formal wear is acceptable.

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple and are non-refundable and may be purchased at the door. The ball does not include dinner.

Interested in dancing but not sure how? A dance workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 28 and April 4 at The Leonard, 335 Adams Ave. Participants will learn basic period dance steps, including the waltz and reel.

Tickets for the workshop are $10 per person or $15 per couple.

Stop by the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, before the ball from noon to 2 p.m., where the society will host a Vintage Clothing and Accessory Sale of items de-accessed from its collection. Items for sale include men’s and children’s items, women’s dresses and accessories, such as handbags, fans and feathers.

The fun will continue Sunday, April 15 with a Ragtime Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carmen’s Restaurant at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. A buffet brunch will be provided, along with ragtime music by Spare Parts. Dancing is encouraged.

Brunch is $31.80 per person and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the historical society. Reservations may be made by calling Carmen’s at 570-558-3929.

For more information or tickets for the ball, call the society at 570-344-3841 or email