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586Old Time Family Fun Dance at the California Trail Center, Saturday February 20

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  • nevadafiddler
    Feb 5, 2010
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      Looking for a fun, post-Valentine's Day event for the whole family?  
      Consider the Old Time Family Fun Dance at the California Trail Center on Saturday February 20 at 7:00 PM

      The California Trail Center will be hosting its third free Old Time Family Dance on Saturday February 20, 2010 from 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Live music will be provided by South Wind. Dance caller Rob Snow will teach young and old, couples and singles, the dances that the pioneers knew.  It wasn't all drudgery on the California Trail. Come and celebrate like the emigrants did.  Learn old time American dances like the Virginia Reel, cotillions, and round dances.

      As the overland emigrants pushed on to California in the mid 1800's lured by stories of gold and rich farm land, thoughts of the success and happiness that awaited them in the "golden land" were never far from their thoughts.  It is little wonder, then, that the trail camps between the Missouri and the Sierra saw many impromptu celebrations and dances.  In 1852 Carolyn Richardson wrote in her trail diary, "Found a fiddler and got together enough people for two cotillions and danced till eleven!"  So bring your Valentines of whatever age and join in the fun.

      The California Trail Center, operated by the BLM, is located 8 miles west of Elko at Hunter Exit 292 is scheduled to open on a regular basis the summer of 2010.  Until then the Trail Center is available to school groups and other organizations on a prearranged basis.  A meeting room is available.  For more information about the Old Time Family Dance or the California Trail Center please contact Gary Koy at 775-738-1849 or Cell 775-934-2467.  

      Gary Koy
      Park Ranger
      California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center
      Bureau of Land Management - Elko District
      3900 East Idaho Street
      Elko, Nevada 89801

      Cell 775-934-2467
      California Trail Center 775-738-1894