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Ball at The Hall


Friday before Christmas (Usually)
5:00 Setup and chat
6:00 - 9:00 Christmas Festival
Singing, Dancing, Games, Fellowship, Handcrafts, Food
9:00 - 10:00 Clean up

9:00 Dining out

Please join us this year for the Ball at the Hall- our Christmas Festival. We will be dancing, singing, eating, playing games, fellowshipping and a handcraft market.

For food, please bring a plate of your favorite Christmas appetizer. If your last initial begins with A-L please bring a sweet one and if M-Z, a savory one. If you would like to bring a push-button thermos of a hot drink instead of a snack that would also be great.

Please remember to look at the ETS dress code, as addressing dress code issues at the ball is awkward for all. Remember also, that it will be cold this year, since most of the dancing will be outside.

The cost is $10 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. If your family will stay to clean up after the ball or will bring an outdoor propane heater, your maximum is $0. Students who play in the band are free as well. If you would like to bring a heater or help clean up, please sign up by emailing me. We need three heaters, one set-up family and three clean-up families.

All current and Alumni families are welcome to attend. If you can bring an instrument to play in the band, please email me at You can practice beforehand with the dance music on the music page. If you would like to practice dances beforehand, please go to the dance section of the music page.

We will be singing the Hallelujah chorus during the singing portion of the evening. You can practice beforehand with the Finale version on the music page. For more familiar songs, please listen to the youtube playlist.

If you would like to sell handcrafts that you have made, please email me. I will have a table set up for those who would like to do this. If you will be bring a large quantity to sell, you might bring your own table. Please put the price of your item and your initials on the bottom of each item and there will be an envelop for people to put the money in for your purchases.

If you take pictures at the ball, please email them to me so that I can create a webpage.

PARENTS- getting through a chilly evening is greatly helped by a little mulled wine, also called Glühwein. If you would like to bring your own personal insulated container with your own supply, that would be just fine. Glühwein also helps the German Christmas Market ambience as well. The Glühwein at Aldi is quite good.

PARKING- Please park at the school across the street after dropping of your children. We would like to save the cul-de-sac area for overflow dancing if needed.

Though eating out afterwards is not part of the official ball, I would like to encourage a new tradition for eating out afterwards. Though our group has often gone to Denny's afterward, that one restaurant is not suited to our large group. Please consider going to these restaurants that are all next to each other- In-n-Out, Del Taco, Burger King, Pieology. You will get food in a prompt manner, be with your friends and all these restaurants are just one freeway exit away.

See you at the ball!
Mr. Hinrichs

(1) Setup family: Kennedy
(3) Cleanup families: V. McDonald, Kalpakgian, Noel, Powell
(3) Heater families: Bishop, Vander Muelen, Farr
Musicians: Ari, Cooks, Ben H, Julie J., the amazing Gans Girls
(1) Market table attendant: Shue
(1) Firering supervisor: (please keep wood in the fire and children out!) Ramelli