The Versailles Area Historical Society will host the third and final event of our Speaker Series “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum” on Sunday, March 18th at 2 o’clock. But this event, we felt, was too big for the museum to handle, so we will be hosting it in the St. Denis church basement, as we “Remember the Crystal Ball and Life in Frenchtown”
The music of Glen Miller, Guy Lombardo, the Dorsey Orchestra, and so many others were played at the famous Crystal Ballroom. Some times by the original bands, but more often by the Baltes Orchestra or the Bumble Bees. These are just two of the amazing local bands that graced the stages of this magnificent facility right here in the heart of Wayne Township and Frenchtown, Ohio. From the late 1940’s the Crystal Ballroom was the place to be to hear the newest music, to try out the newest dance and to see old friends and to celebrate life.
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 Berniece 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 free and open to the public. So join us at St. Denis, located on the corner of Wood and East Streets. An elevator is provided from 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 all the time. The Museum at Versailles is located at 552 S West Street in Versailles.
Plan now to join us for what is certain to be an event not to be forgotten as we “Remember the Crystal Ball and Life in Frenchtown,” one of the most famous crossroads in the Midwest!