As a certain segment of Westport high school students gets all excited about tomorrow night’s Red and White Ball (invite-only; senior girls ask boys) and next Friday’s County Assembly (juniors), here’s a preview photo:
Okay, it’s from 1959 or so. But don’t Linda Gramatky, Tim Richards, Midge Santis, Nick Monserrat, John Widmer and Judy Hand look smashing?
The shot is a reminder that the “County Assemblies” have been around a long time — since 1938, in fact.
Mrs. Willem C. Schilthius of Westport organized the 1st formal 73 years ago “to promote inter-town friendships, instill social graces, and provide financial support to organizations benefiting adolescents.”
Most teenagers today — and probably their parents — have no idea it’s a charity event. And the number of inter-town friendships made, and social graces instilled, is probably on the low side.
Still, it’s an event some Staples students look forward to for a long time. That, and the after-parties.
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