The Arizona Barn Dance
Welcome to We
Make History’s celebration of Old Arizona and The Old West …
The ARIZONA BARN DANCE
There were few things that folks in the West liked better
than dancing. On plains and prairies, in deserts and mountains, western
folks enjoyed hoe-downs, barn dances and country balls. They may have taken
place in a town square, a church hall, a ranch house or in the midst of
circled wagons under the open sky and bright stars ... but wherever it may
have been, folks sure did enjoy a good dance!
Pioneers, soldiers, farmers, politicians, ministers and
indeed people of all types wrote in diaries, letters and published articles
regarding attending dances. Of course good dancing is a very joyful
experience. As our forebears realized, dancing positively engages the mind,
exercises the body and has a wonderful tonic effect on the soul. But there
was much more than just the pleasure of dancing!
With no radio or CDs available dances were an opportunity to hear and enjoy
music. With no telephones or email available dances provided an opportunity
to socialize, communicate and share news with others. With high cultural
expectations of behavior, dances were especially an opportunity to
polish one’s manners and develop the social skills expected of those in
Often no more than a single experienced fiddler was
required but a good 3 or 4 piece string band could draw folks in from miles
around. Some came on foot or straddling the back of a mule while others
pranced on racehorses, rolled up in carriages or arrived perched in
fashionable buggies. Some wore their homespun “Sunday best” while others
wore silken “store bought” goods. Some came from busy, growing towns while
others traveled from distant frontier homesteads. A good time was to be had
by all. :o)
Unlike most of our events, this dance doesn't have a
specific historic or educational theme other than what has already been
mentioned - and perhaps the need for folks to put the "hoe down," cease
work and pressures and enjoy time together in a light and wholesome
We welcome fashions of the "Old West" (Little House on the
Prairie, Civil War, Frontier, Pioneer, Victorian, Traditional Mexican) or "New West" (hats,
boots, jeans, western shirts) or even "Vintage West" (fancy western
shirts, bolo ties, rhinestones).
Just please no
spurs or other paraphernalia that could harm a dance floor ... or a
dance partner. :o)
Lively tunes are enjoyed ranging from the early 19th to
mid 20th centuries along with hand clappin’, foot stompin’ social dances.
Saddle up! Hitch the carriage! It's time for the Arizona
Your servant in family-friendly history and the arts…
Letters by Pony Express
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening at the Barn
Dance! Our family enjoyed our first experience with We Make History. We
appreciate you letting us bring our little children; it helped us celebrate
together as a family, the way we like to celebrate. :)
We will be back!
really enjoyed the Barn Dance and plan to try to get to more of the dances
in the coming year.
Paul, Kitty, and Jacob
We are glad to inform you that the Llusco family, in spite of the
difficulties we had on our way to the dance, we were able to enjoy it very
This would be our third participation in your activities, but our first
again, we enjoyed the activity very much and appreciate the order in which
it was conducted, as usual.
We would like to thank you and your family for all your efforts in putting
together such wholesome activities, where our children can enjoy friendship,
community, and fun, and where God is present and honored. Also, thank you
for doing all this in such an affordable way.
My husband and I would specially like to thank you, your Lady Scott, and
young Ladies for we know it takes a united family to be able to work
a blessed way. Thank you all for being a model of a Christian family.
Sir Rene and Senora Nancy
My dear friend and brother in Christ,
The other day I was reflecting on when I had first joined
We Make History. It was back in
February, 2009! I look back at that time and can hardly believe that it has
been over 4 years that I have been with
We Make History. Ever since I
first joined I have been poured into over and over again--lessons of what it
is to be a Godly man, of how a gentlemen treats others (ladies in
particular); the notions of honesty, chivalry, courage; the blessings of
being trustworthy, the importance of friendship and camaraderie (in both the
good times and bad); of doing everything to the glory of God; of being
dependable, flexible, willing to step up or step down, wherever and whenever
the need arises; of how to lead others humbly and lovingly; of accepting
disappointment and failure graciously; of celebrating the countless
blessings we receive. The list could go on and on! Words alone can not
express my immense gratitude for all that God has revealed to me through
We Make History!! =)
-I remain your humble servant,
Thank you for a most delightful ball in April!
God bless your endeavors,
Thank you! Loved the Barn Dance and the chance to talk about the
Good, Beautiful, and True with the good Colonel.