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Grand Civil War Ball

Grand Civil War Ball

Grand Civil War Ball

  • April 29, 2023
  • 1115 N Abington Road, Waverly, PA 18471
  • (570) 344-3841
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The Lackawanna Historical Society’s popular Civil War programming returns! They are excited to partner with the Waverly Community House to present the Grand Civil War Ball in the Waverly Community House's elegant, historic setting.

On Saturday, April 29, the Lackawanna Historical Society will host its 17th Annual Grand Civil War Ball at the Waverly Community House. Doors open at 6:00 PM and dancing begins at 7:00 PM, with music by period dance band Spare Parts and prompting by Ball Preceptor Susan de Guardiola.

Join the Lackawanna Historical Society for a delightful evening at the historic Waverly Community House and travel back in time to reenact a mid-19th century formal ball. Dance the night away with live music by vintage dance band, Spare Parts, as they play authentic music from the Civil War era, including polkas, waltzes, and several reels such as the Virginia Reel and Snowball Reel. The ball preceptor, Susan de Guardiola, will offer a brief instruction before each set dance and then lead you through the sequences that comprise each dance. All dances will be taught, so no prior dance experience is necessary. Period dress and dress blues or grays are greatly admired but not required. Modern formalwear is acceptable.

Not sure how to dance? No worries – it’s easy, it’s fun, and the Lackawanna Historical Society will teach you!

The Lackawanna Historical Society is offering a dance workshop before the ball on April 29 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Waverly Community House, taught by vintage dance instructor Susan de Guardiola on Saturday afternoon. Susan will teach waltz, polka, and many other dances from the 1860s. Learn to dance as your ancestors did during the Civil War era! No prior dance experience is necessary, and you will learn the steps to be ready for the Grand Civil War Ball later in the evening. The price of dance lessons is included with the Grand Civil War Ball ticket price.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Lackawanna Historical Society's website. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information or tickets for the ball, call the Lackawanna Historical Society at (570) 344-3841 or email

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