Swan Ball

ACT III, SCENE I

Swan Ball

Nashville at its core is an old Southern city with deep Southern manners.

“Late Party” attendees adorned in traditional sashes mingle on the garden veranda of the Cheekwood Estate during cocktail hour at the start of Nashville’s annual Swan Ball, June 2019.

In 1967, LIFE Magazine sent a team of photojournalists to spend a week with Nashville socialites Clare Armistead and Jane Dudley as they were putting on Nashville’s Swan Ball charity event, then in its infancy. More than half a century later, The Swan Ball remains one of Nashville’s cherished party invitations and is a Southern institution. The Nashville brand may be music and fun, but Nashville at its core is an old Southern city with deep Southern manners, and the Swan Ball is where this genteel Nashville is brought out for display.

The Swan Ball

an old Southern city with deep Southern manners,

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