The Winter Ball was an annual celebration put on by the Student Council members to encourage school spirit and participation in extra-curricular activities. The balls were always a highly anticipated event during the winter season for the first twenty years or so of HCC’s inception. A time for friends and lovers to forget their worries of the previous semester, and to celebrate in some Yule-tide spirit. Up until around 1961, it was the tradition to nominate a King and Queen. However, during the 1961 ball and beyond, a new tradition seemed to form where a Queen was nominated, and with the Queen was her court of about 3 other females.
The Candlelight Ball
Held at the Wayside Inn, December 28th, 1955
The premier social occasion of the year. The semi-formal dance was held at the famous Wayside Inn, located in Sudbury Massachusetts.
Alice Rychlik was nominated Queen and given a crown of flowers, while John Donoghue was named King and given a tie and belt ensemble.
Held at the Sheraton-Kimball Hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts
Al Bibeau was named King, and Kathy Kennedy was named Queen.
Held at the Hotel Northampton
At this winter ball, a Queen was chosen and she was given the opportunity to choose a song to commemorate the occasion.
The honor went to Donna O’Neil, and her song was “Tonight”.
The Christmas Dance
Held at the Hotel Northampton on December 21, 1962
This year’s dance was touted as the best social function of the year, with 275 couples attending!
At the Gala Event, there was a grand march of all the potential candidates for Queen, and much to her own surprise, Barbara Einfurer was chosen.
Christmas Ball of 1964
Held at the Coach light room in Hotel North Hampton.
Penny D’Amour was nominated as Queen, and the students danced the night way to music from The Continentals.
Wonderland By Night
Held at the Shaker Farms Country Club in Westfield
Students were treated to music by a local band, And Then There Were Four, and enjoyed a lovely potluck dinner.
Later that night, Donna Martin was nominated Queen.