The Arizona Barn Dance: April
Welcome to We Make History’s celebration of Old Arizona and The Old West …
The ARIZONA BARN DANCE
There were few things that folks in the West liked better
than dancing. On plains and prairies, in deserts and mountains, western
folks enjoyed hoe-downs, barn dances and country balls. They may have taken
place in a town square, a church hall, a ranch house or in the midst of
circled wagons under the open sky and bright stars ... but wherever it may
have been, folks sure did enjoy a good dance!
Pioneers, soldiers, farmers, politicians, ministers and
indeed people of all types wrote in diaries, letters and published articles
regarding attending dances. Of course good dancing is a very joyful
experience. As our forebears realized, dancing positively engages the mind,
exercises the body and has a wonderful tonic effect on the soul. But there
was much more than just the pleasure of dancing! With no radio or CDs
available dances were an opportunity to hear and enjoy music. With no
telephones or email available dances provided an opportunity to socialize,
communicate and share news with others. With high cultural expectations of
behavior, dances were especially an opportunity to polish one’s manners and
develop the social skills expected of those in "decent company".
Often no more than a single experienced fiddler was
required but a good 3 or 4 piece string band could draw folks in from miles
around. Some came on foot or straddling the back of a mule while others
pranced on racehorses, rolled up in carriages or arrived perched in
fashionable buggies. Some wore their homespun “Sunday best” while others
wore silken “store bought” goods. Some came from busy, growing towns while
others traveled from distant frontier homesteads. A good time was to be had
by all. :o)
Unlike most of our events, this dance doesn't have a
specific historic or educational theme other than what has already been
mentioned - and perhaps the need for folks to put the "hoe down," cease
work and pressures and enjoy time together in a light and wholesome
You are welcome to dress "Old West"
(Little House on the Prairie, Civil War, Frontier, Pioneer, Victorian,
Traditional Mexican) or "New West" (hats, boots, jeans, western shirts)
or even "Vintage West" (fancy western shirts, bolo ties, rhinestones).
Just please no spurs or other paraphernalia that could harm a dance
floor ... or a dance partner. :o)
Expect lively tunes ranging from the early 19th to mid
20th centuries and hand clappin’, foot stompin’ social dances which we
will be glad to teach you.
Saddle up! Hitch the carriage! It's time for the Arizona
Your servant in family-friendly history and the arts…
When: The evening of Saturday, April 29th, 2017
there will be a social time at 6:30 with the Dance to commence at 7 and end
Where: First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall -
Southeast corner of Center St. & 1st Ave. - Mesa, AZ.
Fashion, Music & Dance: Our
focus in music and dance will be Rural America of the 19th Century ... and
many of our folks will dress accordingly with a mix of fashions such as "Old
West", "Prairie", "Homesteader" and "Pioneer." Others may opt for a "Vintage
Western" look of the 1940s-1960s with rhinestones, spangles, ranch skirts or
bolo ties. But modern western folks of the 21st century are very welcome too
and we expect to see many in boots, cowboy hats, western shirts and jeans.
(Yes, this is actually a
We Make History
Dance to which both ladies and gentlemen may wear jeans!) Whether coming as
"Old Timey" or "New Country" just make sure you come - and do have a good
In advance we
ask for a contribution of only $12.50 each!
You may send a check with
email address to We Make History, P.O. Box 1776, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
or alternately make use the PayPal link below.
All requests for advance
passes must be RECEIVED by Thursday, April 27th. Your passes will be held
for you at the door.
Please note that use of the PayPal option includes a small extra
charge to cover related expenses.
PASSES at the DANCE
At the Dance we will
request a contribution of $25 per person.
We are grateful to our wonderful guests who
make the effort with us to create a special ambience and atmosphere of
respect. We uphold these standards out of regard for our much-appreciated
friends and for the sake of the integrity of our events.
1. The use of either tobacco or alcohol is
2. Videotaping is not welcome other than by
our house videographer. We work hard to create a special and comfortable
historic ambience that all will enjoy. Discreet photography is welcome but
please leave video equipment at home.
3. No unauthorized distribution of
literature is allowed. Nor is this event an opportunity to recruit persons
for purposes either modern or historical. Please allow all of our guests to
enjoy the evening in peace.
4. Our dress code is a bit different for
this occasion than for the other balls we organize but this is still a
themed ball and we ask that all conform to certain standards. Please make an
honest attempt either to dress "modern" Western or to dress as per rural
America of the 19th century. (For historic attire ... Civil War era day
dresses, ball gowns, uniforms, "Prairie Dresses", and frontier, pioneer,
homesteader or Old West attire are all good suggestions. For a "Vintage
Western" look of the 1940s-1960s try making use of rhinestones, bolo ties
and decorated western shirts or jackets. For modern western attire of the
21st century try ... cowboy boots, jeans, skirts or dresses, shirts, hats,
belts, bolos, etc. Please no spurs or other paraphernalia that could harm a
floor ... or a dance partner.
5. Appropriate footwear is required. (i.e.
historic footwear, footwear as per the theme of the ball, dress shoes,
dancing slippers, ballet flats, etc.) Please no sandals, flip-flops,
tennis shoes or athletic shoes. For the sake of your safety as well as
event ambience dancing barefoot is impermissible.
6. We do not offer refunds of
Ages 13 and up are welcome. Younger persons
ages 7 to 12 are also welcome if accompanied by parent(s) or guardian and if
well-mannered, responsible and able to exhibit the necessary social
8. Gracious and respectful conduct &
conversation are expected of all, to all and at all times.
9. We desire to be good stewards of the
facilities we use, to treat them with care and to leave them in at least as
good of condition as when we arrived.
10. For the good of all, any who might
consider themselves exempt from any of the above may be asked to leave.
Please also see our “Etiquette
& Expectations” page.
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