Quote of the Day: Strike up the band, the gang’s all here!
As if the Brainerd Friends of the Library Wine and Words event wasn’t winning enough, they spread more library love mid-year at a new event that included the Crossing Arts Alliance and the Brainerd High School Jazz Band. The Gatsby Event was held at the Arrowwood Resort here in the Brainerd Lakes area. Many, if not most, of those in attendance dressed in period costumes, flapper dresses, pants and vest, and even a few zoot suits. Super cool! It made the party festive and fun. The icing on the cake, the sweetness in my coffee, was the addition of live music, via the jazz band. (I might need to mention here that my boy plays trumpet in this band, so yes, proud mama moment as well.) I’m not the only one who swooned over the 1920’s jazz, swing, and big band sound that our fabulous band director Chris Fogderud gets his students to produce. He is a gift to our community. We had our own Glenn Miller Orchestra moment, produced by local talent, right here in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Local dance instructors Oscar and Michelle Gonzalez taught the crowd a few dance steps. Although it seemed they needed little encouragement to get out on the dance floor and cut a rug. There’s something about live music that gets your toes tapping, your legs moving, and your body swinging.
W also had plenty of paparazzi!
This event made me pine for the days when people got out and socialized at halls and danced to live music. They moved, they mingled, and they created community. Join me in a campaign to bring back big bands and dance halls! This was also a great way to listen to my kid’s performance, and for the kids to experience what it is like to play for an audience that is responding to them, dancing, clapping, whistling and hooting, and begging for more!
The next great Library event is their annual Wine and Words, August 11, 2016. See you there! The line-up of authors is already posted on their website. You can also see more photos from the Gatsby event on my Play off the Page facebook page, the Facebook page for Friends of the Brainerd Library, or Blue Cottage Agency Facebook page. The Brainerd Dispatch website has a video of the event, also.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever danced to live music? Big band? Swing? Or, dressed up for a party for a FUNdraiser?
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Looks like fun! I used to host a huge Halloween party for the museum where I worked. Lots of dancing, lots of dressing up.
Sadly, I was too busy running the event to really enjoy it.
That’s the one drawback from being in charge.
Looks like everybody had a great time!
I love In The Mood…and Take Five…such evergreen pieces of music.
Nothing beats the brass section of the big hall band.
The music made the night, Michelle.
OOH more picture to add to the collection! Thank you for a lovely write up Mary – it was a lot of fun and everything came together so well. I love it when community works together and we were so blessed to have the Jazz band, Oscar and Michelle, The Crossing Arts Alliance, and Krista, and Joey all say YES to being such a big part of making this happen. I am ready to start talking about plans for next year 🙂
Thanks, Sheila. I’m excited for next year’s event. I might have TWO of my boys in the band. Oh, ya.
This sounds amazing! Living all the way down in a Caribbean island, what I most miss is this kind of happening… Thanks for sharing so I could enjoy it vicariously 😉
I hopped over from the A-to-Z Challenge list, but I’m not sure if you’re still participating… I couldn’t find the banner anywhere. I do hope so, Mary… Your posts are always something to look forward to 🙂
Guilie @ Life In Dogs (and member of co-host Damyanti’s team, D’s Company )
Hi Guilie, Thanks for the great comments. We had a great time at the event. I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. I need to go get the banner.
This looks like it was so much fun, I hope you had a chance to enjoy. Beautiful photos!
I enjoyed it all, Doreen!