The Twin Sisters Dance Hall By Patrick Cox, Ph.D.
A one. A two. And away we go with the flow of Texas music on a Saturday night at the Twin Sisters Dance Hall, located just off US Hwy. 281 about six miles south of Blanco. The region is a hotbed of dancehalls that includes venerable venues in nearby Kendalia, Luckenbach and Fischer. Twin Sisters fits right in.
The nineteenth century dance hall stands among the stately Live Oak trees. The exact date of the venue’s origin is undetermined, but most estimates cite the mid-1870’s. The hall’s exterior is a checkboard tin pressed in the pattern of stone blocks and is multicolored from years of exposure to the sun and rain. Multiple casement windows surround the building to allow sunlight during the day. At nighttime inside the dance hall, thousands of tiny white lights wrap around the wooden columns and are strung across the ceiling to illuminate the aged wooden dance floor that dates back to 1911. On either side of the interior floor, dancers and visitors sit at long communal tables – just as their predecessors have done since the 19th century.
Posted on April 18th, 2017
Lone Star Beer Announces Tabs For Texas Campaign Benefiting Texas Dance Hall Preservation
The proclaimed “National Beer of Texas” and Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. are teaming up to help preserve and promote one of the Lone Star State’s most iconic cultural treasures-the Texas dancehall.
Lone Star Beer has launched the Tabs For Texas campaign statewide in over 200 locations. Large acrylic boot receptacles will be located at over 228 retailers and dancehalls statewide, while 12 oz. and 16 oz. cans of Lone Star Beer will feature either red or blue pull tabs. The idea is that, for each tab placed in the boot containers, $1 will be donated to TDHP to help in its stated mission of saving historic Texas dance halls and preserving and promoting the authentic music and culture they embody. The promotion continues through April 30th. The goal is to raise $30,000 to help preserve these historic structures.
For more information on Texas dance halls and the “Tabs For Texas” promotion, see this sponsored article at Texas Monthly’s website.
Posted on March 8th, 2017
Tell Us Your Dance Hall Story!
We want to hear about your favorite dance hall or a favorite dance hall story. It might even get published in an upcoming newsletter (with your permission of course).
Email your story of why you love Texas dance halls or what one hall means to you or a great memory to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on January 26th, 2017
Does Your Community Dance Hall Need Some Stabilizing? Is There A Community Hall That Would Benefit From Mothballing?
Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., has been selected to receive a grant from the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Preservation Trust Fund to develop a toolkit of resources for “mothballing” (stabilizing, weatherizing, and securing) vacant and infrequently used dance halls. The project is intended to prevent historic halls from deteriorating or becoming damaged while they are waiting to be put back into more regular use. When completed, the toolkit will be available free of charge on TDHP’s website.
During the grant-funded project, TDHP will work directly with up to 12 halls that fall into one of the following categories: (A) halls that are operating infrequently or have recently ceased operation or are for sale, and (B) halls that are completely vacant or are being used for storage or other passive/non-productive use. Participating halls will receive a condition assessment by a preservation architect; a report of any existing damage, with recommendations for properly mothballing the building; and a small stipend for emergency repairs or mothballing work. A variety of dance halls will be selected for the grant project based on location, state of vacancy, current condition, etc.
Dance hall owners / organizations who are interested in participating or would like more information should contact TDHP no later than February 5, 2017 by emailing TDHP President Deb Fleming at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on January 25th, 2017
Artist Gail Wendorf Donates Painting From Her Waltz Across Texas Series To TDHP To Support Fundraising Efforts In 2017
Artist Gail Wendorf is known for her beautifully-crafted landscapes and figurative studies in music and dance from around the world. Most notably, her Waltz Across Texas paintings – cataloging the dance halls of Texas – first exhibited in the office of former first lady, Mrs. Laura W. Bush in 2000. This series has not been on display in the capital city for over 11 years but can be seen at the Consulate General of Ireland, located at 515 Congress Avenue, #1720, Austin TX through January 16, 2017.
TDHP is overwhelmed by her generous contribution supporting the preservation of historic Texas dance halls and the spirit of family, dance, music and community. We are excited to have her painting (to be selected in early January from the Austin exhibit) and will determine how best to utilize it to best serve our mission and goals in 2017. Stay tuned for more information on this early next year.
Posted on December 12th, 2016
Asleep At The Wheel Concert Recap
We would like to thank everyone who came out to our event on November 12th at Round Up Pavilion Hall and joined us for an evening of fun, dancing, live music and more. We were very excited to have Asleep at The Wheel and The Ennis Czech Boys perform at our big event!
Posted on December 11th, 2016
The Swiss Alp Dance Hall and Grill Are Looking For a New Owner
The Swiss Alp Dance Hall and Grill are looking for a new owner. This is a turn-key, dual income operation on 2+ acres; an opportunity to build lifelong relationships with Texas and national musicians, local families, and local organizations—an opportunity to become a local leader. As an owner and operator of this property, you will become more than a local family, you will be the owner of a landmark and touchstone for most young people and many generations of residents in the counties between Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and the Gulf Coast.
See more photos below.
Posted on December 4th, 2016
Asleep At The Wheel Live In Concert! One Night Only!
We are excited to present the Grammy Winning Asleep At The Wheel at Round Up Pavilion Hall on Saturday, November 12th. Special guests The Ennis Czech Boys will open the show. We will also be hosting the Fayette County Youth Art Contest & Display. Click here for more details.
Posted on September 13th, 2016
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