Boston Highland Ball Weekend 2019

This year's Highland Ball weekend was a great success, with more than 120 people attending the main event on Saturday. The following information is from the 2019 Ball. Stay tuned to this site for information about the 2020 Ball as it becomes available. You may subscribe to information about this website to receive notifications as it becomes available.

Welcome Dance

Friday May 10, 2019
First Parish Church
349 Boston Post Road
Weston, MA

Music by Elizabeth Anderson and Jerome Fung, MC: Howard Lasnik

Welcome Dance Flier
Welcome Dance Diagrams
Welcome Dance Descriptions

Highland Ball

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Melrose Memorial Hall
590 Main Street
Melrose, MA

Music by Thistle House: Dave Wiesler, David Knight, and Dan Emery
now featuring guest fiddler Hanneke Cassel

MCs: Gayle Koyanagi, Robert McOwen, Cathy Fahey

Highland Ball Weekend Flier (contains program)
Highland Ball Application
Highland Ball Online Application
Highland Ball Dance Diagrams
Highland Ball Dance Descriptions

You are invited to attend a walkthrough of the Ball dances at 211 Bridge Street, Salem, the home of the Salem Wee Bluets, on Thursday May 2 at 7:30.

Saturday's formal ball is the weekend's main event. This year's Highland Ball will include a cocktail hour with hor d'oeuvres at 6:00, followed by a Grand March at 7:00 and the Ball at 7:15, followed by dessert.  For dinner recommendations in the Melrose area, see the restaurant guide

Brunch Dance

Sunday May 12, 2019, 11am
Stow, Massachusetts

The weekend finishes with a family-friendly potluck brunch. Please bring a brunch item to share, as we recover from last night's festivities. Around noon, the party moves outside to do some dancing on the lawn. Bring your ghillies or any comfortable shoes for dancing outdoors, and musicians can bring instruments for a jam session! Music for dancing will be provided by Elizabeth Anderson and Ben Anderson. Jen Schoonover has prepared family-friendly dances for all to enjoy.

Directions will be available in the ball booklet or by emailing the ball chairs.

Please contact the ball chairs at

  • if you are coming from out of town and would like hospitality with one of our local members.
  • if you have any questions about the events or need map/directions for Sunday.
  • if you would like more information about Thursday's ball prep walkthrough.

Welcome Dance
Friday May 10, 2019, 8:00 pm
First Parish Church
349 Boston Post Road
Weston MA

Highland Ball
Saturday May 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
Melrose Memorial Hall
590 Main St.
Melrose, MA

Sunday Brunch Dance
Sunday May 12, 2019, 11am
Stow, MA

from the 2015 Ball

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