The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association and The Montclair Orchestra are pleased to invite the public to an interactive and opulent ball celebrating the 1883 Inauguration of President Grover Cleveland at the Upper Montclair Women’s Club in Upper Montclair, New Jersey on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 pm.
Designed to be an immersive experience, the black-tie affair pays tribute to the life and accomplishments of New Jersey’s only native-born President, Grover Cleveland. All money raised will go to increase awareness of Cleveland’s birthplace located in Caldwell, New Jersey and his historical significance.
Playing the President during the reenactment of the inauguration will be his grandson, George Cleveland and playing Vice President Adlai Stevenson, will be his great-grandson, US Ambassador Thomas Robertson IV. John Elliott of CBS Morning News along with former White House pastry chef to five presidents, Chef Roland Mesnier will serve as Masters of Ceremonies. Mesnier’s appearance will include a book signing, the sharing of humorous stories about his life and time in our nation’s presidential residence.
A formal and upscale gathering, guests will take part in an enchanting and historical evening complete with dinner and dancing to the music of the Montclair Orchestra, directed by David Chan, the Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera. An exhibition of historic memorabilia from the Grover Cleveland Birthplace will be on display highlighting various elements of the President’s early life. Transporting attendees back in time will be a display of elegant ballgowns and formal men’s attire including a gorgeous1890’s gown, courtesy of the Morris Museum. The evening’s cuisine will feature delicacies reminiscent of the time Cleveland was in office.
Inaugural Gala Chair, Alice W. Gibson notes “It’s important to remember history and teach the next generation about the past. We are fortunate to have a presidential birthplace in our state; fundraisers like this support its mission. We’ve planned an evening that will feel like you are stepping back into a moment in time and I am personally very excited to witness this historic event.”
To relive the romance of the late 19th Century, guests may purchase tickets for $300 per person and $500 for Patrons, who will receive a copy of Chef Mesnier’s book and preferred ballroom seating. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and all proceeds benefit the Grover Cleveland Birthplace and The Montclair Orchestra. To purchase tickets or for more information, Click Here or contact 973-226-0001.