Montreal Daily Star, 7 December 1912, page 10
St Andrew’s Society Ball
From a spectacular point of view St Andrew’s Ball last night surpassed all previous years. Windsor Hall was literally transformed into a fairyland, and this achievement was largely due to the simplicity of color scheme in the interior decorations of the hall. The delicate shades of green on white made a most unique and effective setting for the oriental splendour of the various colored gowns and headdresses. Though the decorations of the ballroom might be called simple, on account of the elimination of colour, there was a grandeur of design which gave the whole scene a most luxurious appearance.
The hall was perfect representation of a Roman grape arbour, formed by arches of numerous columns of pure white, which were artistically draped with delicate strands of smilax and laurel. From the top of each pillar Laurel streamers ran in profusion, in the centre of room, forming a large canopy. The centrepiece was a magnificent circular brooch of light, holding a shower of Southern smilax and Vinela, while thousands of small strands of evergreen fan up and were lost in the massive laurel canopy.
Behind the white columns, which ran completely around the room, there were heavy embankments of ferns, and palms. Dimly the [illegible] woodwork of the walls could be seen through Laurel streamers of smaller dimensions running from the green embankment to the roof of the beautifully festooned arbour. A soft lighting effect added greatly to the scene and assisted materially in the blending of a thousand colors.
The stage was allotted to the orchestra and was beautifully festooned in tall graceful palms rising from a bank of ferns.