A Memphis tradition continued Sunday night with The Memphis Junior Cotillion Club Presentation and Holiday Ball.
Forty-eight seniors and 53 juniors were presented with their escorts at The Peabody, said president Charlotte Nichols, who was escorted by Cody Garbuzinski. Sophie Skouteris, vice-president, was escorted by Will Kaelin.
Junior Cotillion members are 12th- and 11th-grade students at Hutchison School and St. Mary's Episcopal School or legacies of former members. This year's Junior Cotillion supported the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.
Women wore white gowns and the escorts wore tuxedoes. Lisa Thompson was the third generation member of her family to wear a white silk gown with sequins that was designed in the 1970s. She attended with Chris Stovall.
Wellford Gould wore the tux, but instead of plain black socks, he wore a pair of black socks with a neon green and yellow pattern and the NBA logo. "No one has questioned me about it yet," he said. "I guess we'll see when I walk by."
That "walk" was when he and Torry Whartenby walked down the runway with the rest of the members and escorts during the presentation in the Continental Ballroom. Wellford's socks didn't show. Jack Sammons was emcee.
Following the presentation, the young women and their escorts entered the Venetian Ballroom, where they danced into Christmas Eve to the music of Party Planet and deejay Mark Anderson.
The place to be Saturday night was the SunTrust Zoo Lights ice skating rink at the Memphis Zoo.
People began streaming into the rink shortly after Zoo Lights opened at 5:30 p.m.
Asked if he'd ever ice skated, Jack Moran, who was with Jordan Moodie, said, "Never once before in my life."
Asked why he chose to skate Saturday night, Jack said it was "Christmasy stuff to do."
Others apparently had the same idea.
Olivia Grambrell and Joy Gault wore Santa hats as they glided across the ice.
Members of the Moyes family made it a holiday outing. "My mom brought us here for a surprise," said Hunter Moyes, who sat next to his brother, Grayson Moyes, as they laced their skates. Also with them were their mom, Dee; brother Noel and sisters Memrie and Greer.
Matt Rappa and Kaitlyn Childers and Vince Hoyt and Elizabeth Skelton got in some skating a couple of hours or so before the Marshall Academy prom began at 9 p.m. Asked what he was going to do about a tuxedo since he was in jeans, Matt said the prom was a "casual dance."
Zoo Lights, which runs on selected nights through Sunday, is one big party. In addition to ice skating, guests can take photos with Santa, see live reindeer, enjoy holiday movies, ride the Ferris wheel and watch magician Magic Mr. Nick perform or just marvel at all the colorful lights. "Adult libations," as they're described in the program, are available at the Mistletoe Bar & Grille.