The Wellesley Cotillion Committee has announced that the annual formal dance for the town’s juniors and seniors will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, 7:30 – 10:30pm, at Lombardo’s in Randolph, Massachusetts.
Cotillion or “cotill” as it is generally know, has been put together annually since the 1940s by Wellesley parents as an elegant and special occasion for the town’s teens. On the big night, students dress up, go through a receiving line, greet parent chaperones, and introduce their dates. All junior and senior-aged students who live in Wellesley — whether they attend school right here in town at WHS, or private school, or homeschool — are invited to attend the event. Over 150 parent volunteers help plan and organize the 80-year old tradition. They check-in revelers, load buses, shake hands, hang coats, snap photos, chaperone, and generally keep the evening running smoothly. Cotillion 2020 needs volunteers (hint, hint.)
Boston University has served as the venue for the past few years. This year, however, Lombardo’s is the place. A quick look at their website revealed a spacious and classy spot for the expected 800+ guests’ dining and dancing pleasure.
Cotillion tickets include transportation via luxury motor coach service from either Wellesley High School (WHS) or the The Boys & Girls Club – Blue Hills, 15 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, to the Randolph event, as well as the return trip back to WHS or the The Boys & Girls Club. All attendees must use this mandatory transportation in both directions. The event is organized and executed solely by parent-volunteers and is not affiliated in any way with the Wellesley Public Schools. Students should keep a lookout for their invitations, which will be mailed via USPS. If your household gets missed and you’d like to receive an invitation, please email the Cotillion Committee at [email protected]. Guests must purchase their Cotillion ticket on-line by December 30, 2019. Cost per ticket is $125.
Cotill is for all
Cotillion organizers believe cost should never be a barrier to participation. Financial assistance is available for tickets, tux rental, and dress purchases. Confidential inquiries for assistance may be made via email to the Cotillion Committee.
Read & White tux rental in Needham closes
Back when our swell sons were on the Cotillion circuit, we always rented their tuxes from Read & White on Great Plain Ave. in Needham. Alas, the formalwear shop has made way for a decidedly less formal concern, a CBD store. Your CBD Store, a franchise which opened up on the Highland Ave. corner in October, provides edible, topical, and other pain-relief products derived from hemp.
Finding another place to rent or buy a tux shouldn’t be too much of a pain. A quick internet search revealed that there are several in the area.