This page will be updated with new information regarding the 2021 Annual Dinner Dance. We look forward to seeing you!

The 131st Annual Dinner Dance


The Board of Trustees and the administration of The Holland Society of New York are pleased to announce the revival of the much-beloved Holland Society Annual Dinner Dance! The Dinner Dance will take place at the Lotos Club on Saturday, October 30th. We will present the Medals of Distinguished Achievement in the Performing Arts to Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings. Learn more about our honorees here.

Program of Events

6–7 p.m.: Cocktail hour in the Library
6:30 p.m.: Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings present a reading from Noel Coward’s Private Lives
7 p.m.: Dinner in the Ballroom
8:30 p.m.: Medal presentation
8:45 p.m.–11 p.m.: Dancing in the Library with music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra
10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: After-party in the Lotos Club Grill (for after-party ticket holders)


COVID-19 Policies

Due to current New York State and New York City regulations, in order to host a full-capacity event where social distancing and mask-wearing requirements are not in place, all attendees must be fully vaccinated and the venue is required to verify vaccination status of all event attendees. We are working with the Lotos Club to ensure safe and accurate verification. You can submit verification in three ways:

1) in advance of the event, by sending a scan of your vaccination card to,
2) at the event, by showing your vaccination card at the door,
3) at the event, using the New York State app “Excelsior Pass” or another similar digital application.

Additional Precautions

Due to the spread of the delta variant, we strongly encourage mask-wearing when possible. A donor has provided KN95 masks for all attendees, which will be available at the Lotos Club.

All attendees will need to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. Test results can be emailed in advance to or shown at the door. Several options are available to you, and are listed below.

Walgreens and CVS offer drive-through testing. Find Walgreens testing availability here and CVS testing availability here.

There are many testing sites around Manhattan. If you would prefer to make an appointment for a test, please use this link to find eligible testing centers. Appointments are generally available up to a week in advance. If you would prefer to walk in, please use this link to find nearby eligible testing centers.

At-home tests are also readily available. You can order these online at Walgreens or CVS (be sure to search for rapid at-home testing if not available at these links).

We thank you for your care for our community and your efforts in keeping these events as safe as possible!

Please contact the office at with any questions! We will not be able to make any exceptions to this policy. If proof of vaccination and a negative test result are not provided either in advance of the event, or on the evening of the event, we will not be able to admit you to the event. If you would prefer a refund for your tickets, please contact the office by October 15th via email. We look forward to seeing you!

Access to the Event

All attendees will be required to verify proof of vaccination and a negative test result when arriving at the Lotos Club. We are unable to make any exceptions to this policy.

If you have sent a scan of your vaccination card in advance, you will only need to show your photo ID for verification.

If you did not send a scan of your vaccination card in advance, you will be required to show your photo ID and vaccination card at the door before you are admitted to the event.

Negative test results can be emailed in advance to or shown at the door.

A temperature check will be performed at the door for all attendees. Guests who show symptoms of COVID-19 will not be admitted.


The Holland Society will offer a special after-party after the Banquet, to be held from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Lotos Club Grill. Separate tickets are available for purchase by both Dinner Dance attendees and those who are not attending the Dinner Dance. We will have live music by members of the Lester Lanin Orchestra, as well as an open bar and late-night snacks. If you are interested in joining us, please purchase your ticket here.

Accommodation for the Annual Banquet

We have negotiated discounted rates at a nearby hotels for Holland Society Members, Friends, Fellows, and Guests. Please see details below, with arrangements to one additional hotel forthcoming.

Please note the following:

  • Guests are required to make their own reservations using the reservation email below
  • Prices listed are exclusive of tax
  • The listed rate is available from June 1st until September 29th
  • Guests will need to mention they are part of the Holland Society group and provide: guest name(s), dates of stay, an email address, and a credit card to confirm their reservation
  • Reservations are subject to the hotel’s terms and conditions, including cancellation policy, and the Holland Society is not responsible for hotel reservations. Please direct any queries directly to the hotel.
HotelAddressOur RateStandard RateReservation Email
The Park Lane Hotel36 Central Park South$349$
The Carlyle Hotel35 E 76th Street$525$1,

Weekend Events

The Holland Society has planned an exciting weekend of events for both out-of-town and local attendees! Please contact Sarah Cooney at to let her know if you are interested in participating in any and all of these events.

Saturday, October 30th
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Brunch at Fraunces Tavern
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan, led by historian Joyce Gold Tickets can be purchased at this link
6:00 p.m.: The Dinner Dance begins

Sunday, October 31st
A choice of two church services, at either St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery at 11 am (131 E 10th Street) or Trinity Church at 11:15 am (89 Broadway). Brunch to follow.