On March 5, they came from the deserts of Ohio, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the Nobles and Daughters Ball at the ­Double Tree Hotel Meadow Lands in Washington, Pa.

Just days before, the hotel was a Holiday Inn, but the confusion with the name change didn’t keep the crowd away. The evening was one of celebration and regalia.

LET THE MARCH BEGIN (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Each noble and daughter wore their signature fez adorned with jewels, complete with a tassel. If you looked closely you would see the unique details of the pins, collars and necklaces worn by the nobles and daughters.

The evening began with a procession of the head table, unlike any other procession. Each dignitary was escorted in by Nobles and Daughters and each escort was unique in their stepping. Guests enjoyed a wonderful meal and a decadent strawberry dessert.

The program for the evening was brief. The dinner committee was introduced and a surprise honor went to Noble Alan Duncan for his hard work and dedication. After dinner it was time to dance and the Nobles and Daughters had no problem with all the latest line dances.

The regal evening ended with the grand march at midnight, where the tables and chairs were pushed back and the march began in one door of the ballroom and out the other. It was an enjoyable sight to see this historic fraternal, charitable and social organization celebrate.

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