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Bal Poudré and Soirée Poudré at the Flagler Museum
February 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
In honor of Henry Flagler’s extraordinary life and legacy in Florida and Palm Beach, the Whitehall Society will host a Bal Poudré at the Flagler Museum on Friday, February 17. Bal Poudrés, literally “powdered wig balls,” were popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, both in America and in England. On March 3, 1903, the first Bal Poudré in Palm Beach was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flagler in Whitehall’s Grand Ballroom. It was described in a newspaper account of the time as, “One of the most sumptuous social affairs ever attempted south of Washington.” From that first Bal Poudré at Whitehall in 1903 sprang all of the galas hosted each year for which Palm Beach has become so well known.
Presented by the Flagler Museum’s Whitehall Society, the Soirée Poudré was added as a spectacular crowning event to the Bal Poudré for the first time in 2015. Following the Bal Poudré dinner, guests are invited to join the Soireé Poudré in the Museum’s Flagler Kenan Pavilion to enjoy cocktails, entertainment, and dancing.
- Bal Poudré tickets cost $1,000, and Soirée Poudré tickets cost $150 ($125 for Whitehall Society Members). Proceeds from the entire evening benefit the Flagler Museum’s education programs.