Sunday, January 10, 1999


        Gov.-elect Bob Taft and his wife, Hope, have honed their dancing skills.

        The Bible used to administer the presidential oath of office to Mr. Taft's great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, is at the ready for the administration of the oath to Ohio's 67th governor.

        And Columbus' finest caterers are preparing the assortment of quiche, stuffed mushrooms, smoked salmon and wine that will be available at three gubernatorial balls.

        Following is a list of events associated with Mr. Taft's inauguration on Monday:


        • The Ohio Family Celebration, noon-5 p.m., Ohio Statehouse.

        Mr. and Mrs. Taft invite families to join them at the Statehouse for a tour and “hands-on” learning experience about state government. Admission is free.

        • Ohio Republican Gala '99, 8 p.m., Riffe Center Theatre.

        This event honors Mr. Taft and the rest of the Republicans who swept the elections for statewide offices Nov. 5. Entertainment includes Mary Wilson and The Su premes, The Capitol Steps, The Cincinnati Boychoir and The Richens/Tim Irish Dance Troupe. Tickets are $50.


        • At 12:01 a.m., Chief Justice Thomas Moyer will officially administer the oath of office in a private ceremony at the governor's residence in suburban Columbus.

        • A Celebration of Youth Breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., grand ballrooms 1-3 of the Columbus Convention Center

        This event will feature performances by youth organizations from across the state. Tickets are $10.

        • State Treasurer Ken Blackwell sworn in as Ohio's 51st secretary of state, 10 a.m., Statehouse atrium.

        • Ceremonial swearing-in of the governor and lieutenant governor, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre. Mr. Taft's daughter, Anna, will swear him in.

        Mr. Taft will deliver his inaugural address following the ceremony. Admission is free.

        • Inaugural reception, 12:50-3 p.m., Ohio Theatre Galbreath Pavilion

        Receiving line to greet Mr. Taft, Hope Taft and Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor. Admission is free.

        • Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters sworn in as Ohio's 44th state treasurer, 3 p.m., Statehouse atrium.

        • Salute to the First Lady, 4-5:30 p.m., YWCA/The Griswold Building. Tickets are $20

        • Governor's Ball, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Main Ballroom, Hyatt on Capitol Square. Tickets to this black-tie affair are $1,000 per person.

        There will be a cash bar for mixed drinks, and an open bar for beer, wine and punches. The food includes a quiche assortment, beef mushroom puffs, brie mousse baguettes, poached salmon, an assortment of smoked turkey, crabmeat mushrooms and an assortment of mini desserts.

        Two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair will sing at both the ball and swearing in. Music will be by Jazz 2 Go, a 15-piece Columbus-based band.

        • Capitol Ball, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency

        Black tie optional. Tickets are $250 per person.

        The bands include Arnett Howard & his Creole Fund Band and saxophonist Gene Walker, who toured with the Beatles in 1966.

        The menu includes fruit, cheese and dessert bars, a coffee bar, pastries and assorted dips.

        The open bar includes house wine, domestic beer and soft drinks until 11 p.m.

        • Buckeye Bash, 8 p.m.-midnight, grand ballrooms 1-3, Columbus Convention Center. Business-attire party. Tickets are $25 per person.

        Mr. and Mrs. Taft will dance to “Rock Around the Clock.”

        The menu includes Swedish meatballs, mushroom caps, quiche, pea pods with bacon and miniature reuben sandwiches. Compliementary pop and non-alcoholic punch will accompany a cash bar.

        Music is by Power House, a Cleveland-based swing band.

        Two couples from the Queen City Swing Cats, a Cleveland-based dance troupe, will perform.


        • Tribute to Public Service, 11:30-11:45 a.m., noon-12:45 p.m., 1-1:45 p.m., Statehouse Atrium.

        State employees are invited to join Mr. and Mrs. Taft and Ms. O'Connor for a free boxed lunch.


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