The Arizona Barn Dance:
October 15th, 2016
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
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, October 15th, 2016 there will be a social time at 6:30 with the Dance
to commence at 7 and end about 10:30.
Where: First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall -
Southeast corner of Center St. & 1st Ave. - Mesa,
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
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 time!
In advance we ask for a contribution of
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
All requests for advance
passes must be RECEIVED by Wednesday, October 12th.
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
1. The use of
either tobacco or alcohol is prohibited.
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.
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
and up are welcome. Younger persons ages 8 to 12 are also welcome if accompanied by parent(s)
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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