MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER 

 

 WE WANT YOUR INPUT !!

We have missed you the past few months and we hope you  have missed us too!  It's been a busy spring and we hope to get back on track with our Monthly News.  We want to hear from our readers and followers as to what you would most like to hear and see in upcoming editions.  Sometimes more is less and we know your time is valuable.  So give us your input so we can make our monthly distribution valuable information for all readers.  

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO CONSIDER

1.  How our members are helping TDHP to save historic dance halls. 
2.  "Tell your story" -- what YOU love about Texas dance halls, your favorite hall.  Tell us about your favorite or special stories we share.  Share photos of your dance hall experience or special moments.
3. Volunteer opportunities around the state for the months ahead.
4. Dance-hall related news from around Texas. 
5. Upcoming events at dance halls.
6. Upcoming related community events.
7. Fan-submitted "photo of the month"
8. Before And After - profiles of dance hall restorations
9. Book Review of dance hall related books.
10. Celebrity Spotlight - interview with celebrities or well known figures 
who support dance halls and have stories to tell.
11. Profiles of dance halls, including interviews with owners, patrons, bands, etc. 

Let us know what you want to hear more about in future and
Send your ideas to  admin@texasdancehall.org with yours or any from this list above that are of interest to you and others you know.

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SWISS ALP DANCE HALL
 
The original Swiss Alp Dance Hall building was built in the late 1890s. The dance hall was a popular meeting place and entertainment venue through much of the 20th century. Many long-standing relationships began at the hall. It is common for visitors to identify the exact spot where they met while fond memories overflow.
 
The dance hall remains very much as it was back in the 1950s. Many musicians played in the dance hall, including B. J. Thomas, Bob Wills, Johnny Winter, The Drifters, The Triumphs, The Barons, The Moods, The Soul Searchers, Crystal Blue, and many local bands.
 
The hall was closed from 1987 until it was sold to the current owners and re-opened in 2006. There is a relaxing view of the rolling hills surrounding the hall that can be enjoyed through the open hinged windows.
 
Many articles have been written about Texas Dance Halls, and we are proud to have the Swiss Alp Dance Hall included as one of the 100+ year old halls still in operation.  

 



 This lovely dance hall is FOR SALE!
FAYETTE COUNTY
 
Carla Cain, Coldwell Banker, The Ron Brown Company 
Office # 979-733-8200
Cell #  979-942-0418
Email   carlacainrealtor@gmail.com 

For the full listing use this link:

   
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Message from TDHP President, Deb Fleming

TDHP PRESERVATION FUND UPDATE   

TDHP's Preservation Fund initiative began in late 2015 as a means  to underwrite small grants to individual halls for preservation and restoration needs based on a defined criteria.  Our 2015 year end Ask campaign resulted in a total of $2820 raised that is earmarked for dance hall grants in 2016.  We have continued to pursue funds specifically to further build this fund and seek our members and followers assistance in this important effort. 

Our mission and activities over recent years have been focused primarily on raising awareness and TDHP has been successful in that effort, though more work is still required.  2016 finds us shifting into new areas of support for our historic halls.  Providing not only consultative assistance for the halls as we have done over the years, but now providing financial support is warranted even if only in small amounts to start. 
As a supporter of dance hall preservation, this is how each of YOU can help.  Donations to the Preservation Fund will help provide much needed funds to help with the smallest of maintenance needs when local funds are limited.  These small grants can make a difference and assure community halls receive the most basic of maintenance with a little help from their friends!  

Your membership in TDHP along with your generous donations help us continue the work we have done since inception in 2007 but also allows us to further our ability to help halls like we have not been able to do in years past.

Please consider joining TDHP's membership roles today.  Donations of any size will continue to grow the Preservation Fund balance and will go 100% to help halls with much needed work to assure their ongoing viability. 

TDHP Membership Levels are:
               Individual - $25
Family - $40
Band - $50
Dance Hall - $75
Non-Profit - $75
Business - $100
Sponsor - $200
Lifetime - $1000
 
Every contribution is an important one and we truly appreciate every dollar! 

Donations can be made in a number of ways.  Mail a check to TDHP at 10270 Twin Lake Loop, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 or make a donation online using PayPal via info@texasdancehall.org.  For more information or help with a donation through other means, email us at admin@texasdancehall.org
 
Thanks for your continued support and interest in Texas Dance Hall Preservation.  

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Introduction of two of TDHP Board members:

Elaine Hanks, Treasurer


Elaine is the managing partner of HAnks & Company, LLC, a woman owned accounting firm based in Blanco, Texas. Elaine has been performing audits and providing tax and accounting assistance for all types of non-public entities for more than 21 years. With a specialty focus of services specific to non-profit, governmental and electric utility cooperatives, their expertise is a valuable tool . Elaine Hanks established her Austin based firm in 2002.  Ms. Hanks is a 1992 graduate of Tarleton State University where she obtained her BBA in Accounting. She is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Texas. 
 
Kelley Russell, Secretary


Growing up in Houston, this almost native Texan didn't discover her love of dancing and dance halls until she moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where she studied archeology and anthropology. After graduation Kelley worked in cultural resource management as an archeologist for seven years during which time her projects took her all over the state, exposing her to Texas' unique cultural history. Through her travels, her interest began to shift above ground. Her love of Texas history and architecture eventually led her back to the University of Texas where she received her Masters of Science in Historic Preservation with an emphasis on conservation. Kelley is currently an architectural historian and historian for a large engineering firm in Austin. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog Franklin, listening to live music, road trips to small Texas towns, dancing and continuing a long search to find the perfect pair of boots. Kelley is currently a board member of Inherit Austin and looks forward to protecting and promoting Texas dancehalls through serving on the Board of Texas Dancehall Preservation Inc.   
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Go to the Calendar of the Texas Dance Hall Preservation website  to find out more about Texas dance halls, their history, their location and the music.
  
Many Texas dance halls can be rented for special events such as weddings, meetings, family reunions, etc.  Add some Texas tradition to your event by inquiring into the availability of your favorite Texas dance hall.
 

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