This dance marathon reminiscent of the marathons that became fads during the depression era will be a step literally back in time, with dancers competing for the chance to win some big money! This event will take place at the Minden Civic Center as a fundraiser for the museum. The event will be open to the public for viewing with a $5.00 admission fee. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site provided by Coca-Cola of Minden and Party Express Catering. Participants will be in 3 categories with dancers as young as 12 allowed to dance with a guardian’s permission. Prizes awarded in all categories plus a Grand Prize of $1000 will be awarded to one lucky winner. Pre-registration is $20 per person, $25 per person day of event. Day of registration will begin Friday November 6th at 4:00 p.m. with the dance to start at 6:00 on. Age divisions are as follows 12-40, 41-59, 60 plus. Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “The different age groups will be dancing for different lengths of time. But anyone that would like can dance the entire time to compete for the $1000 Grand Prize. If you dress in 1920s – 30s costume you can also earn extra break passes. This is going to be something that we hope our teens as well as our 40 plus crowd participates in!” Don’t miss lots of fun, music and food for everyone. Brown stated she also needs volunteers to help with this event.
Another great event that the museum is participating in for the weekend is the Saturday November 7th, “Artisan’s Fair” held at the First United Methodist Church located at 903 Broadway. John Agan; Webster Parish’s historian will be on hand signing and selling his newest book. “Remembering Minden, Echo’s Of The Past” book is just a collection of a handful of Agan’s popular Minden Press Herald column stories that have become a must read for anyone interested in our parish history. John will also be selling the must have museum cookbooks, Cora Lou Robinson Hunter’s Playhouse prints, and the popular “Night for the Museum” DVDs. All of these items will make great Christmas gifts plus it will all benefit the museum.
Don’t forget to purchase your $10 raffle ticket for the Cora Lou Robinson and Easley’s Fine Art and Frame 50 x 24 Giclee canvas prints of one of Cora Lou’s original 1984 art works “Minden Main Street” that was originally done for Minden Bank. As part of the November “Festival of Memories” celebration one $300 value print will be raffled off.
Cora Lou Robinson stated, “Now 25 years later canvas reproductions of my painting are being made available with all the profit going to the Dorcheat Museum-- a very deserving place. I hope the person who wins the print that will be given away during the “Festival of Memories” celebration on November 7th loves Minden and what it represents as much as I do.”
Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “I am very excited about the museum being able to offer this reproduction of what many remember as a small print that was given away and later sold through the bank many years ago. To be able to get the artwork the same size as the original painting and on canvas is almost as good as having the original. The detail and colors are so much more vivid that the small prints. You may also purchase a Giclee print through Easley’s Fine Art and Frame studio in Minden. Artwork must be ordered and paid for at the museum located at 116 Pearl Street. Kerry Easley is also offering a 20 % discount on framing with your purchase.
To help get the project get started the museum is offering several ways to receive your copy of this nostalgic look of Minden in the 1940s. You can register for the Marathon on Broadway dance which will take place on November 6th & 7th at the Minden Civic Center (the cost to register for the dance is $20-- this will get you in the hopper twice if you register for the marathon), you can purchase a raffle ticket for $10 each from the museum and several other locations around Minden, you can mail a $10 check to the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, P.O. Box 1094, Minden, La. 71058 (be sure to include you name, address and phone number with your check), or you can purchase a canvas print for the cost of $300. For more information you can contact the museum and Schelley Brown at 318-377-3002, 423-0192 or visit the web site at http://www.museuminminden.blogspot.com/ .