Dance celebrates 100 years of the CVIC Hall |

Dance celebrates 100 years of the CVIC Hall

by Caryn Haller

The Town of Minden is continuing its year-long celebration of the CVIC Hall with dinner and dancing.

The second in a series of events marking the 100 year anniversary of the landmark is 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

“The hall is the center of the town. It’s got a pretty rich history we’re trying to celebrate,” said Amber Smith of the Town of Minden. “It’s a great alternative to going out for Valentine’s Day. Wait a few days, get all dressed up and come shake your booty.”

Buona Sera Ristorante is providing an Italian dinner of tri-tip, chicken marsala or torta pasqualina for vegetarians, after which the community can dance to the big band stylings of Rosebud’s Dance Band.

The band is comprised of 20 Carson Valley Pops Orchestra musicians that began playing separate from the orchestra in 2010.

Conductor Liz Eubanks said they will be playing mostly big band era dance, jazz and swing with some modern pieces.

“People love the music. It’s a wonderful era of music to play,” Eubanks said. “This is a perfect opportunity to serve the Town. This is a very ideal venue and performance.”

The CVIC Hall was built in 1912 after townspeople raised $10,000 by selling 1,000 shares for $10 each. The initials stand for Carson Valley Improvement Club.

In the past it has been used as a movie theater, dance hall, church building, concert hall and as avenue for exercise classes, art shows and the annual Trick-or-Treat Safety Street.

There are five additional events planned for the CVIC Hall leading up to the finale celebration in October. The next event will be a Western film festival April 28.

Tickets to the dinner/dance are $20, and only 108 will be sold. They are available at the Town Of Minden office, 1604 Esmeralda Ave.

For more information, call 782-5976.