Louis Park: “Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and their friends enjoyed a very pleasant social dance in the IOOF Hall Monday evening [January 4] after the regular Rebekah session at which over forty couples tripped the light fantastic to the strains of music furnished by Johnnie, Frank Sefcik, Miss Sue Wheeler.” had fun reporting this: Big Attendance Marks First Ball Seventy Odd Couples of Married Folks Worship at Shrine of Terpsichore With Old Style Dances No dazzling young tango artist or the spritliest spirit that ever danced the maxixe nor the sweetest thing that ever adorned the floor in the turkey trot – none of ’em – have anything on Hopkins’ married folks when it comes to mixin’ it at the shrine of Terpsichore as revealed by the first dance of the Married Folks Dancing Club held in Olson’s Hall Saturday evening.It appears that it was included in a 1925 compilation of Lieurance’s Indian songs.
I started looking at the Northwestern Bulletin when it started in March 1922.
And it looks like the tiny black community was having some fun in the Roaring ’20s!
In October 1922 you could hire the Bluettes, a five piece girl orchestra, playing music for all occasions. Some of the song titles were: King Tut’s Wonder Orchestra of Eight Pieces and Three Singing Entertainers provided the music at a dance on July 14, 1923, at the Keewaydin Hotel in Cottagewood, on Lake Minnetonka.
The novelty band emphasized harmony and featured solos, according to its publicity. “Everybody Come – See our new 85-foot Toboggan.” (Minnetonka Record, July 13, 1923) 1923 saw fewer Moonlight Boat Excursions, but that might have been because of the level of the river – at the end of 1922 the season had to be cut short for that reason.
A tune called “Minnesota Cadet Lancers” was written by Lawrence Schaich in 1883. The song was dedicated to George Oscar Bowen and the Mendelssohn Club.
There probably is not much difference in the amount of enthusiasm shown by the married folks at their hop but there is a difference in the kind of dances enjoyed.
The ad below shows the Steven’s Harmony Kings – sorry it’s so hard to see. The Program of the Vaudeville de Luxe was printed in the Northwestern Bulletin.
In June 1923 the Fortnightly Club presented a Vaudeville & Dansant in Honor of Electa Grand Chapter, O. Featured were: STATE FAIR 19 Minnesota State Fair and Northwest Dairy Exposition, September 1 to 8, had an entertainment program that was expected to be “easily the most stupendous bill of its kind ever contracted by any fair in America” and would cost 0,000.
This “Events” page of my Twin Cities Music Highlights website is mostly just a chronological list of concerts and other music-related happenings that took place here in the Twin Cities, primarily focusing on national acts that came here. 1914 “Crossing the Desert,” a march and two-step for pianoforte, was composed by Arthur Wasshausen of Minneapolis. The married ‘uns eschewed the later creations which are the inventions of a few dancing masters for monetary reasons only, and the old style waltz, the two step, the Bohemian polka, the rye waltz, and others with an occasional old fashioned quadrille thrown in all went to make up the program of the evening at which some seventy odd couples participated and enjoyed themselves to the limit – and then some.
The chronology generally stops at 1974, with a few exceptions, mostly for St. If you have more information, memories, photos, or ads, please contact me! The song was “Respectfully dedicated to Zuhrah Temple,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 12, 1914. It would be superfluous to state that the first session was a grand success.
Each excursion advertised in the Northwestern Bulletin took place on the Steamer Red Wing and Barge Manitou.