Arched eyebrows singed off; Opera House dancing until 3:30 o'clock

Feb 21, 2020

Feb. 21, 1878

C. P. Hazeltine has 10,000 tons of ice cut at his pond on the east side. About 6,000 tons are in the houses, the remainder being stacked out of doors.

A company of Belfast people are cutting ice on a pond near Lincolnville beach, and hauling it directly to the vessels. The distance is about two miles and a half.

A young lady with beautifully arched eyebrows had them scorched off by an explosion of gas while incautiously peeping into the cellar furnace. There’s nothing left upon which her “feller” can hang a ballad to his mistress’ eyebrow.

Feb. 23, 1899

Knights of Pythias Ball

Twelfth Annual Concert, Drill and Ball of Belfast Company, U. R., K. of P.

The officers and members of Belfast Company, Uniform Rank, Knights of Pythias, may congratulate themselves on the success of their annual concert, drill and ball, which occurred in Belfast Opera House, Monday evening, Feb. 20th. Every part passed off pleasantly and in a manner highly satisfactory to the Knights and to the large number of patrons.

The Opera House was handsomely decorated, upon the same general plan as in former years, but with some additions to the illuminations. The curtain behind the stage consisted of two large American flags, on which were the double triangles of the order in evergreen, with the usual lettering. The sides of the triangles contained the words, “Belfast Company, No. 2,” each letter being on the globe of a small incandescent light set into the evergreen. The large letters, “U. R., K. or P.” inside the triangles were of evergreen, and sparkled with electric lights. Illuminated banks of flowers and ferns stood at each side of the stage. The banner of Belfast Division, the former name of the organization, hung at the rear, and the balcony front and the walls and ceiling of the hall were draped with streamers of red, blue and fold. The centre chandelier was supplied with red globes, and the general lighting of the hall was by four arc lights…Immediately after the concert the Company formed on the floor and gave an exhibition drill, which included many familiar movements and some not given before here. Every movement was executed with the precision of veterans. The drill showed the results of the steady and painstaking practice to which both the officers and men have subjected themselves.

The dance card contained 23 numbers and kept the dancers in the hall until 3:30 o’clock. Every dance was well filled. Many of the ladies wore handsome ball dresses, but The Journal will not attempt to say who was the “belle of the ball.” The dance music by the Band orchestra was, as usual, all that could be desired.

M. R. Knowlton, landlord of the Windsor Hotel, served as caterer. Tables were set on the stage at the rear of the hall, and the service was good and an excellent supper served. Following is the menu: Oysters. (Raw.); Cold Turkey; Cold Ham; Cold Tongue; Chicken Salad; Celery; Olives; Pickles; Hot Rolls; Ice Cream and Assorted Cake; Apples; Oranges; Grapes; Tea; Milk; Coffee.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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