SPILLVILLE--Come see the historic Inwood Ballroom this weekend during their re-opening fundraiser. Starting last fall they have been fundraising to put in a new floor after 94 years and three major floods. The work is done and the dining area now boasts shiny new oak flooring. The booths have been taken out only in the dining area and new white tables and chairs have been purchased.
Bring your friends Friday night to a ham steak supper starting at 5 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Toe Tappers from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by Miles Adams Band from 8pm to 12 midnight. There will be a silent auction of the old dining room booths and other miscellaneous items from the ballroom’s history. Festivities continue on Saturday, May 3 with food starting at 6 p.m. Live music will be provided by Lew Klimesh (acoustic) plus Doghouse Jon and The Misbehavers from 6 to midnight. There will be no admission and reduced drink prices both nights. Free will donations will be accepted to help pay for the new flooring.
The ballroom dining room started out as a 50’x100’ built in 1920. Last fall the damaged original wood floor was taken out and replaced. An event on November 1, 2013 kick started the fundraising. At that time they raised $20,000 towards the goal of $50,000. The Winneshiek Community Foundation received a $6,000 grant they were working on last fall. Proceeds from both nights will go towards the remaining costs of the new floor.
Co-manager Wanda Cole had this to say about the historic ballroom. “The ballroom is open April through October. It is used extensively by the community for a variety of events. It is used mostly for wedding or anniversary receptions/dances, but also the annual 4th of July celebration and a prom night for persons with disabilities.”
The historic ballroom gained attention in the November/December 2006 issue of “The Iowan” magazine, where this photographer/writer was able to score her first magazine photo assignment as the magazine wrote about how very few ballrooms are left in Iowa.
Come out and support one of the very few active ballrooms in the state raise money for their new floors.