Yellow Rose Ball officially opens 2013 Central City Opera Festival
By Glory Weisberg
A bell ringing and blast of dynamite that shook the ground in front of the Central City Opera House, June 29, officially started the 2013 Central City Opera Festival with the Opening Night Yellow Rose Ball and the first opera of the festival, The Barber of Seville.
The historic mining town comes alive each summer with the opera season. High school junior class women are presented each opening night as they give out nosegays to patrons. So much has changed since then but the women presented at the Opening Night Ball generally come from families that trace their lineage back perhaps a century ago in Colorado.
Reed Gibson is a sixth generation Coloradan and is the great, great, great granddaughter of John Routt, the last territorial governor of Colorado, appointed to the position by none other than Ulysses S. Grant. Reed’s escort and cousin Jackson Ingalls is also a Routt descendant.
Morgan McGonagle is a fifth generation Coloradan and she follows in the footsteps of her older sisters, Caitlin and Erin, who were also flower girls. Their mother Anne McGonagle is a past Opera Guild president.
Elizabeth Francis is a fifth generation Coloradan and many of her elders have been Flower Girls. Elizabeth’s Escort William Mattson O’Donnell is another John Routt descendant and part of the above noted Gibson family.
Flower Girl Carrie Deline is a fourth generation resident of the state and her mother Meg Deline was this year’s ball co-chair and she will chair the 2014 Yellow Rose Ball.
Katie Wilkins chaired the 2013 ball, Nancy Parker is Central City Opera House Association board president, and many other women served on the ball committee.
The following is the list of Flower Girls and the names of their parents. Mary Ragan Anthony, daughter of Anita and Wes Anthony; Catherine Fallert Atkinson, daughter of Bill and Louise Atkinson; Julie Anne Austin, daughter of Bob and Christie Austin’ Carrie Belle Deline, daughter of Tom and Meg Deline; Early Stone Ferguson, daughter of Alexander Dawson and Sally Truitt; Sophia Ann Fox, daughter of Jack and Nathalie Fox; Elizabeth Emily Francis, daughter of Sandy and Carolyn Francis; Allanah Paige Gates, daughter of Mark and Diana Gates.
Anna Reed Gibson, daughter of Chan and Kathy Gibson; Rachel Brooke Hanley, daughter of John and Michelle Hanley; Morgan Blakely Hutchison, daughter of Blake and Lora Hutchison; Hannah Elise Johnson, daughter of Irnie and Deborah Johnson; Elise Johnson, daughter of Lisa Johnson; Rachel Meredith Manning, daughter of Michael and Kim Manning; Morgan Claire McGonagle, daughter of Tom and Anne McGonagle; Paige Emma O’Hagan, daughter of Desmond and Carole O’Hagan; Katie Lynn Ray, daughter of Peter and Lisa Ray; Hanna Rose Reedy, daughter of Frank and Julie Reedy; Emily Marie Seby, daughter of Paul and Kristin Seby and Nicole Elizabeth Welty, daughter of Russ and Betsy Welty.