ABOUT THE HARBOR BALL
The Harbor Ball is an annual charity ball sponsored in recent years by the Fell’s Point Residents Association.
It’s attended each year by hundreds of residents of Fell’s Point, Harbor East and Baltimore at large. They gather to dine, drink and dance. And they celebrate the amazing survival of this historic neighborhood from the wrecking ball.
They also bid for all sorts of items in a silent auction. These have ranged from art works donated by the artists themselves, to use of a weekend or beach home, rides in a private plane and gift certificates.
The money raised each year is donated to worthy local organizations like The Preservation Society and Friends of Thames Street Park.
In 2012 the Harbor ball was a masquerade ball with patrons sporting all sorts of whimsical masks. In 2013 its theme is The Roaring Twenties and partygoers will show up in 1920s style costumes.
HISTORY OF THE BALL
The impetus for the Harbor Ball came when an imminent threat to the historic neighborhoods of Fell’s Point, Federal Hill and Canton appeared.
In its infinite wisdom, the government had approved a project to run an interstate highway through these neighborhoods, which would have essentially destroyed them.
Outraged citizens banded together and tried every tactic they could to prevent this happening. The Preservation Society was formed and, one of its early fund-raising efforts was the first Harbor Ball in 1967.
Hundreds of supporters gathered in the great ballroom in the top of the City Rec Pier building on the water in Fell’s Point.
As local musicians played, they danced on what they hoped would be the grave of the ill-advised highway.
Today, 25 years later, you are welcome to come and do exactly that.
Dance in a vibrant neighborhood that a souless interstate highway might have destroyed.
Citizens gather to fight the highway plans. In front of them a model shows the proposed roadway slicing through their homes.