Gardenia & Musical Club Hosts 55th Annual Coronation
By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: On a recent evening the San Antonio Gardenia & Musical Club hosted its 55th annual coronation dinner dance at Oak Hills Club honoring the 2016 Queen, Natalie Wils Curran. The coronation, which had over two hundred guests, was the high point of an entire season of celebration.
THE VIBE: Tom Cardenas of RTC Floristry transformed the ballroom into a lush garden awash in fragrant Stargazer Lilies, chandeliers festooned in greenery, and the stage dressed in swaths of fuchsia and ivory drapery. Each table sparkled with ivory bengaline tablecloths, candles surrounded by fresh roses, hydrangeas with greenery, and ruched ivory chair covers.
The ambience of the event was indeed regal. With the fourteen lovely young ladies of her court standing supportively behind her, Curran, as this year’s monarch, reigned majestically over a celebration fit for a queen amongst the hundreds in attendance. Flower Girl Julia Staffel and Crown Bearer Trueman Peveto attended Royal Princess Savannah Jane Zars who was crowned by her father, Brian Zars, after she completed her full-court bow. Attended by Flower Girl Coco Simpson and Crown Bearer Rowan Simpson, Natalie Wils Curran then concluded the ceremony with her full-court bow, and the crowning by her father, Edmund Curran. The VIP Choir from Saint Mary’s Hall entertained the guests after the ceremony and the court and guests danced into the night with music from Lumen Events.
THE CAUSE: The coronation chair was DeeAnn Simpson and the president of the Gardenia Club is Veronica Boldt. Siobhain Anders Buckley, the rising 2016 President of the club served as Mistress of Ceremonies, reading the interests and accomplishments of each court member as they glided down the catwalk The primary mission of the San Antonio Gardenia & Musical Club is to further interest in the fine arts, presenting scholarships to fine arts students and to promote genuine friendship among members.