The San Luis Resort’s elegant ballroom was buzzing Dec. 21 during the 70th annual Family Dance. Founded by the late Marie Hutchings, wife of Richard K. Hutchings, in 1949, the annual island tradition provides young men and women the opportunity to don formal attire and cut their teeth interacting socially with their parents and friends.

The Family Dance has always been held during the holiday season, and this year, as always, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 16-year-old honorees.

Hayley Hardcastle covers the social scene in Galveston. Her column appears each Sunday. Contact her at with “Island Hopping” in the subject line.

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