, 2009


Miss Nelson is crowned
Queen of the Holly Realm

Miss Taylor Ann Nelson of Weems was crowned Queen of the Holly Realm December 28 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club near Kilmarnock. Some 500 guests were in attendance and cast their respective votes.

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Miss Nelson was chosen to serve as the 114th queen of the Holly Ball, the Tidewater Foundation’s fund-raising arm, according to publicity chair Patricia Gallagher. Sixteen Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula debutantes were presented at the annual gala.

First District Rep. Rob Wittman spoke and crowned Miss Nelson with the traditional crown worn by former queens. Miss Nelson succeeds reigning Queen Miss Abigail Leigh Robbins of White Stone, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stoneham Robbins.

“It is so exciting,” said Miss Nelson. “I have so many friends here from William and Mary. It is just wonderful to share it all with my family and friends and to have gotten to know all the other girls. I’ll never forget it.”

Miss Nelson is the daughter of Ms. Jean Nelson of Weems. She was presented by Mr. Kenneth Michael Homsey and escorted by Mr. Gray Fairfax Bryant of Irvington.

Miss Nelson chose as her attendants Miss Laura Chilton Ransone, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malcom Chilton Ransone of White Stone, and Miss Eleanor Bryce Ward Smith, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Howard Smith of White Stone.

Miss Ransone was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Scott Heric Heyman of Urbanna. Miss Smith was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Tyler Alexander Reeves of White Stone.

Mr. Richard A. Farmar III served as Master of Ceremonies.

The debutantes presented were Miss Fenton Kelly Crowther, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lester Crowther of Heathsville, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Justin Hayes Fulcher; Miss Afton Olivia Gill, the daughter of Ms. Carlton Virginia Harding of Lancaster and Mr. Don G. Gill of Lancaster, presented by her grandfather, E. O. Harding III, and escorted by Mr. Brooks Allen Davis; Miss Megan Elizabeth Hudnall, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Palmer Hudnall of Kilmarnock, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Bobby Lee George; Miss Logan Marie Jones, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Linzey Jones III of Toano, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Shawn Michael Sweaney; and Miss Mary Frances Kelly, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ford Carter Kelly of Reedville, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Kevin Hemrick Swope.

Also presented were Miss Maegan Clay Lewis, the daughter of Ms. Sharon Saunders Lewis of Reedville and Mr. Charles Franklin Lewis of Reedville, presented by her father and escorted by Douglas Rowdock Boarman Jr.; Miss Anjelica Lane Newsome, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Dean Newsome of Lottsburg, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Kyle Randolph Hall; Miss Laura Darby Nost, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Foster Nost Sr. of Irvington, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. William Thomas Lewis; and Miss Katherine Hackett O’Brien, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Yoiche O’Brien of Irvington, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. John Edward Tucker Martin.

Also making their debut were Miss Tiffany Anne Pittman, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Nelson Pittman of Lancaster, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Luke Rollins Saunders; Miss Heather Lynn Rice, the daughter of Ms. Lori Henley Rice of Heathsville and Mr. Emory Carl Rice III of Reedville, presented by her father and escorted by Bryce Stephen Kitchen; Miss Karen Cameron Tignor, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Allen Tignor of Irvington, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Jameson Hayes Crandall; and Miss Meredith Lee Trible, the daughter of Mr. Charlie Warner Trible Sr. of Tappahannock and Ms. Lee Ann Ferebee Trible of Tappahannock, presented by her father and escorted by Samuel Watkins Ferebee.

Ushers were Reese Rogers and Brandon Walker from Northumberland County, and Nick Nonnemacker and Thomas Hyde from Lancaster County.

Proceeds from the Holly Ball are dispersed by the Tidewater Foundation to a variety of charitable organizations, supporting education and youth in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. During the last decade, the Tidewater Foundation has contributed approximately a quarter of a million dollars to local entities.


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