A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.





Friday, November 30, 2012

Lets Dance!


You walk in the two front doors and to the left check your hat and coat.  Do they do that anywhere these days?  Wow, just like in the movies from the 40's and 50's.  Check out that woodwork.  It was like that throughout the ballroom.

Is this not cool? 
I was taking photos in a huge dark ballroom when the lady in the office came out and noticed my trying to take a self portrait standing on the stage.  Despite me saying she didn't have to, she turned on all the lights, pulled back the curtains and more just for me.
   Notice the disco ball overhead.

We'll pan around.
Think of the sound in this building.

The view from the stage. 
The joint gets rockin' for sure.


Oh the stories this ballroom could tell.

She told me back in 1959 the stage was smaller.  The portion forward of the light colored wood is all expanded stage years later.

Imagine of all the people having a grand time,

getting up to dance and coming back to their table. 
Boys asking girls to dance, girls wishing they'd be asked.

Just imagine. Can you? 
Ah I was livin' it while in there!

Every booth had this detailwork, plus all those nicks and scratches from years and years of entertainment...priceless!

Here's the gooberish photo she took of me which I used for the blog post while on the road back in September.  At the time I thought I was standing where Buddy Holly once stood but learned afterwards about the stage enlargement.  I felt silly asking her to do it all over again so I could be on the old portion so I left with this and the ghost of Buddy telling me to get out of the way!
 

Tomorrow we will visit the crash site.






8 comments:

  1. Just imagine dancing there or even better, imagine dancing to Buddy Holly actually playing! I suppose they still use the hall for dancing now. Were you tempted to stay around for a dance?

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  2. It is a huge hall and I can imagine the young people dancing rock and roll. It is almost like an old american movie. I guess not much has changed over the years, it looks all rather old fashioned.

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  3. Wow, what character that place has! I wish I could go back in time and be there for a few shows.

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  4. the ghost of buddy. ha ha!

    love those shiny floors and old, original booths!

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  5. Clear Lake Iowa! Been decades since I've been there. Honeymooned there back in 1970! Ha!

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  6. oh my word, it's so lovely. and not so dissimilar to the one in Guttenberg where I lived for several years. these old ballrooms are magical for sure. I learned that the music played in them these days though is mostly country. ewww. thanks for the tour, I loved it.
    you're such a goober.

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  7. done in black and white people would swear the photos were from the 40's!

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