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Historical Jonesboro will revive days gone by at Tara Ball

Event at Eagle’s Landing Country Club will mark first such ball in 21st century

A couple dances at one of Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s previous Tara Balls in this undated file photo. The ball, which likely has not been held since the 1990s, will get a one-time only revival this weekend to commemorate several Civil War-related anniversaries. (File Photo)

A couple dances at one of Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s previous Tara Balls in this undated file photo. The ball, which likely has not been held since the 1990s, will get a one-time only revival this weekend to commemorate several Civil War-related anniversaries. (File Photo)

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A gentleman dressed as a Confederate soldier escorts a lady in period costume down the steps of Stately Oaks’ porch at one of Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s previous Tara Balls in this undated file photo. The ball, which has not likely been held since the 1990s, will get a one-time only revival this weekend to commemorate several Civil War-related anniversaries. (File Photo)

JONESBORO — Balls are special occasions where ladies get dolled up in their finest dresses and men don their best suits.

It hearkens back centuries, to days gone by when there was a protocol for how the genders should interact with each other in public settings. Clothing, dancing and the exchanging of pleasantries all had rules by which the the participants had to abide.

Those traditions will be resurrected this weekend when Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. revives its Tara Ball Saturday night at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge. It’s likely the first time since the beginning of the 21st century that the event has been held, said organizer Kay Dreyer.

This will be a one-time only revival, Dreyer said.

“We brought it back to commemorate the anniversaries taking place this year,” she said. “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jonesborough, and ‘Gone With The Wind’ — the movie version — turns 75 this year. Also, Stately Oaks’ 175th birthday is this year.”

It is too late for anyone interested in attending the event to buy tickets. Dreyer said she had to turn in the final head count to caters earlier this week.

But attendees can expect a Civil War-era ball that planners are trying to make as authentic as possible.

Dreyer said a group of musicians from a regiment of military re-enactors will play period music on antique instruments. She said instructors will also be on hand to teach attendees authentic period dances during the ball. An actress in character as “Gone with the Wind” heroine Scarlett O’Hara will also be in attendance, said Dreyer.

And just like that, for one night only, the old days of gala balls and southern chivalry will see a new light.