Roaring ’20s to Be Celebrated at Mary Baldwin Feb. 27

February 1, 1998

STAUNTON — Anyone interested in the music, dance and dress of the 1920sis invited to participate in Mary Baldwin University’s “An Evening Under the Silver Moon” on Feb. 27.

The event is sponsored by Mary Baldwin’s 18-member performance dance group, The Ragtime Dolls, and will be held from 8-11:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center (SAC) at the college. The center is located in the former Staunton Military Academy Mess Hall at the end of Kable Street.

Tickets for the general public are $3 and may be purchased at The Bookstack, Once Upon a Time Clock Shop and Holt’s China and Gifts. Anyone who was born during or before the 1920s will be admitted free of charge.

Irene Sarnelle, adjunct professor of physical education at Mary Baldwin, said the format of “An Evening Under the Silver Moon” will feature The Ragtime Dolls in both performance and dance leadership roles

“The Ragtime Dolls will demonstrate each dance to show everyone what they are like, followed by a brief how-to lesson,” said Ms. Sarnelle. “Then, with 1920s music provided by a live band, the audience will do the dance.”

To add to the flavor of the Roaring ’20s, the SAC will be decorated with trappings of the day, and refreshments will reflect the tastes of the times, as well. Also, participants are asked to wear dresses and suits that resemble clothing of the 1920s as closely as possible. Ms. Sarnelle said that the atmosphere will be enhanced with an appearance by the Model A Club, which will bring antique cars to the event, and the showing of silent movie clips.

“The 1920s was decade of great fun for many people,” said Ms. Sarnelle. “We hope to replicate the energetic, romantic and fun-loving atmosphere those people enjoyed, and we invite the community to help make ‘An Evening Under the Silver Moon’ a success.”

Ms. Sarnelle said free dance workshops will be held in Mary Baldwin’s Physical Activity Center (PAC) from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 18 and 23.The PAC is located on Tams Street in the former YMCA building.