Pretty soon, Wellesley High School juniors and seniors will be firming up their Cotillion plans. The boys will stage dramatic “Cotillion asks”, the girls will shop for the perfect dress and 4″ heels, and limo companies will get ready to put extra stretches on the road to accommodate the demand on the big night.
What? Unless what? What do you mean unless?
Well, here’s the thing. We’ve been hearing whispers around town that Cotillion, that annual Winter formal dance for all Wellesley juniors and seniors whether they attend public school, private school, or home school, is not as ready as usual. The event, organized by the Cotillion Committee, can happen only by the efforts of the students’ parents who put in countless volunteer hours to put together the big night, which some suggest has gotten a bit too big (last year more than 600 student took part). Every committee needs a chair to two. According to a member of last year’s committee, right now those chairs have not been announced.
We’ve noticed that a Cotillion 2015 website hasn’t popped up on the Web yet (the 2014 one remains), and our main question to those typically in the know: “Who is chairing Cotillion this year?” has been met with shrugs. In the past, Cotillion organizers have reached out to us during the first week of October to drum up awareness.
Hopefully, there are a couple of can-do parents with the skills of an army general ready to muster the troops to make sure the tradition, which has been going since the 1940s, keeps going. We have a feeling we’ll be hearing that kind of good news soon.
Here’s some of our previous Cotillion coverage: