Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Remember Frenchtown

Do you remember where you were on Saturday evening? If the year was between the late 1940’s to the mid 1970’s chances are it was Crystal Ball or the Baltes Restaurant!

Frenchtown was the crossroads of the Midwest and from Glen Miller, to Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong, to the Dorsey Orchestra, and so many others came to play at the famous Crystal Ballroom and if you were hungry, you knew where to go.

But most nights it was the Baltes Orchestra or the Bumble Bees who wowed the crowds. The fun and music were hometown as were the friendships (and courtships).

Can’t you smell the pop corn? Can’t you hear the music? Thanks to the Versailles Area historical Society we will have the chance to relive the memories again, or at least the stories.

We are fortunate to have an afternoon to reminisce about those bygone days of the Big Bands and the wonderful people who made it all happen.

Earl and Bernice Baltes, Susie Baltes Barga, and Jimmie Baltes along with Ann Subler, will share the stories, recall the entertainers and let us in on all the “back stage” drama that couldn’t be shared until now!

This event is on March 18, 2012 and is free and open to the public. So plan to join us at St. Denis Catholic Church which is located on the corner of Wood and East Streets. An elevator is provided off of the parking lot for those who might need it.

Following the program our museum will be open until 6:00 p.m. for touring with new displays being added. The Museum at Versailles is located at 552 S. West Street in Versailles.

Note: All Historical Society members should have received their newest edition of “News and Views”. We hope you are enjoying this edition! If you are not a member, what are you waiting for?

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