Big Band Dance
The rich orchestral sounds of the big band era will fill the Irasburg Town Hall on Saturday night, July 14, when the Old Stone House Museum sponsors its seventh annual Big Band Dance, with music provided by the 18-piece Swing North Big Band.
The band will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 a person, or $25 a couple. This year veterans of World War II and their dates will get in for $1 per person, the same price they would have paid in the 1940’s.
Veterans of all wars will be recognized at the dance. The Orleans County Historical Society has gathered from state lists the names of people who resided in every town in the county when they enlisted in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those names will be displayed downstairs, along with posters from the big band era in Orleans County.
Many folks remember the lively dance halls of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s that featured excellent local bands. At the International Club in Newport, which claimed the largest dance floor in New England, there were performances by Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Rosemary and Betty Clooney, Woody Herman, Glen Miller, and Cab Calloway, big band greats who got off the train in Newport on their way between Boston and Montreal.
Swing North Big Band is an 18-piece “Basie style” band with full orchestration, including five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Band members come from northern Vermont and northern New Hampshire, and include teachers, students, laborers, professionals and a hairdresser, who come together for their love of music and the joy of playing big band swing.
The dance is BYOB. A sumptuous array of snacks will be provided downstairs, and mixers will be available. There will be a 50/50 raffle at the dance. All proceeds from the dance will benefit the Old Stone House Museum.
The Irasburg Town Hall, built in 1911, has superb acoustics and ambiance. The hall is handicap accessible, with an elevator in the back to carry guests up to the second floor dance hall. So, put on your dancing shoes, and come to the Irasburg Town Hall for a classic evening of swing era music. Vintage cars and vintage dress are encouraged. – from the Old Stone House Museum