Our Past | 1975: Philomathic Club tea honors Waterville royal court

Selected by Karen Larsen

This article from the April 24, 1975 edition of the Waterville Empire Press talks about a Philomathic Club tea honoring Waterville’s princess and royal court — probably for the Apple Blossom Festival. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say who the princess was. Perhaps a reader out there can fill us in.


Philomathic Princess Tea a Success

The Waterville Philomathic Club entertained Princess Waterville and her attendants at a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall of the Federated Church on Wednesday, April 16. Members of the royal court and their mothers were honored guests, as were the chaperones: Dorothy Wainscott and Dolores Loebsack.

During the luncheon, background music was furnished by Sherry Slagle and Lynn and Leanna Ludeman. Jane Hensel was in charge of the program that followed. The program began with vocal selections by Cindy Schettler.

Winners of the Philomathic Club sewing contest modeled their costumes. They were Julie Dorsey, Ann Eggers, Lisa Adams and Lori Jordan. The royalty also modeled their afternoon dresses and their informal gowns.

Joanne Whitehall was narrator for the style show which followed the musical program. It was put on by Nelson’s of Waterville. Models were Karen Viebrock, Corinne Viebrock, Vickie Hammond, Paulette Whitehall and Virginia Nelson. Ann Schubert of Hair Affair did the hair styling for the royalty as well as for the models in the style show.

To conclude the program, the princess and attendants modeled the gowns to be worn in the parade and gave several vocal selections including one which included an invitation to the District Fair held in Waterville each year.