October 22, 2013
To the concerned citizens of Calvert, Texas:
I am reflecting on what a huge disappointment the Fall Ball, or as I am calling is - the Fall Farce - was this year. It was not my first Victorian Gala and I knew there was an effort to make it less a Victorian Ball to attract more locals. If you want to have a party for the locals then just do it a different evening but you do not need to ruin the Victorian Ball just because someone thinks there is a better idea. It was definitely NOT a better idea. Even as a dinner party it was a flop. My family ate with little salad forks and stirred their tea with their fingers because of the lack of silverware at the tables. The music was unsuitable but we did hear that they did the Mambo #5 after we left so there was SOME dancing. We finally got up and left just as they auctioned off a bottle of booze. You know, wild and rowdy cowboys are "a dime a dozen" in Texas. Except for Cocoamoda, which is so amazing that I am beginning to wonder WHY it is located in Calvert, the ONLY thing Calvert has going for it is the Historic District and the Victorian Ball was special - bringing in some outsiders to spend money in the B&Bs and the shops. One merchant once told me that she did not support the Victorian Gala because most of the merchants did not like the people in the Chamber of Commerce. I have heard that there are three separate organizations for Calvert -the Chamber, the Merchants Association and the Historic District. Yes, 1200 citizens and you cannot get along well enough to pull together even for the sake of the community. Obviously, you do not need or want anyone visiting Calvert so why bother with a the BBQ Cook-Off, the Carnival , Christmas Home Tour or the Trade Days. I was surprised and delighted that you did not turn the Afternoon Tea into a chili cook-off and serve hot dogs. It was as lovely as always. I also enjoyed the added vendors, the parade, the hayride and the BBQ Cook-Off. However I have already requested a partial refund for the money I spent for five attendees at the "Ball."
This was my ninth gala and I am still clinging to the hope that you will come to your senses and return to the traditional Victorian Ball next year! I have many fond memories of past balls. This year, however, left me very angry for the money I spent for tickets and the B&B and for the time it took to get all the Victorian outfits together and drive to Calvert.