Big Band Dances – RSVP’s needed for dances to happen

We have been spoiled over the years by the Big Band Dances.  They have many musicians that come to play, and many travel from out of town for the event. They will be happy to continue if they know there will be enough dancers to enjoy the evening.  So – if you would like to continue to dance to the Big Band, please let them know.

Please RSVP back to us if you are planning to attend our next dance on Saturday, May 4.  Please reply no later than this Sunday evening, April 28. 
Call: 304-916-0104

Below are the emails from Joyce:

Dear Ballroom Dancers,
> As you probably know, Felice brings in musicians from all over WV, not just Wood County, in order to fill out the Big Band; from Logan, Glenville, Charleston, Clarksburg, Athens OH…   We never know if we will have a good turnout, and at least once a season we have a very small group.  Because preparation setup is a huge job, we are trying a new idea to help us eliminate the low attendance dances.  We ask that you RSVP by email if you will be attending the next dance, to Joyce & Steve when they send out their dance announcement email each month.  If you can’t attend the dance, no need to reply.  Only if we don’t get enough positive replies, will we cancel that dance and notify you in advance of that dance.

We hope this works well for you and for us!  If anyone has ideas to boost attendance, your help would be appreciated.
Thanks for always supporting The Doug Hess Big Band!!

Schedule for 2019
Saturday  May 4    7:30 pm    Stout Methodist Church Gym, Broad Street
> Saturday October 5
> Sat Nov 2

> Schedule for 2020
> Saturday January 11 (a week later due to the proximity of New Year’s Eve)
> Sat February 1, 2020
> Sat March 7, 2020
> Sat April 4, 2020
> Sat May 2, 2020

> Joyce & Steve Mestemacher     304-916-0104
> Felice and The Big Band


Dear Big Band Ballroom Dancers,
As we explained in our previous email, we need you to RSVP back to us if you are planning to attend our next dance on Saturday, May 4.  Please reply no later than this Sunday evening, April 28. 
Call: 304-916-0104

No need to reply if you will not be there.  If we have enough attending, the dance is on.  We will notify everyone by email on Monday, April 29, either way.

We are hopeful this will eliminate the dances when there are more musicians than dancers, and will assist Felice in contracting the musicians.
Hope to hear from you all,
Joyce, Steve, and Felice

River Cities Dance March 23, 2019

Hello Dancers,

 The next River Cities dance is next Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 7:30-10:30pm at Wayside UMC 3001 Grand Central Ave. Vienna WV 26105. Music by Scott Kitchen’s Trio. Bring your own snacks to share and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the dance.

 We continue a longtime tradition of formal dress at our dances, with the gentlemen sporting tuxedos or dark suits and the ladies in formal gowns or cocktail dresses.

 Upcoming 2018-2019 Dance Dates & Bands:

 Saturday, April 27, 2019                    Fifth Street Quartet

 Susan Huck

RCBDC President

Here are detailed directions to the dance location:

Wayside Church is in Vienna at the intersection of Grand Central Ave. and 30th Street.

Turn onto 30th Street (towards the river)
Church is on the north side of 30th street and parking lot is on the other side of the street.

About half way down the block is the entrance and lobby that connects to both church and hall.  


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Full year membership $225.00, pro-rated for joining during the year.

Send payment to: Paul Miller, 106 Walnut Grove, Washington, WV 26181          304-863-3531

Jazz In The Village March 29, 2019

The Riverbend Arts Council in Middleport, Ohio is hosting “Jazz In The Village” with the Ohio University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Matt James on Friday, March 29.

Enjoy jazz, swing, and big band music and dance on the spacious wood floor from 7:30 till 10:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served during the evening.

Tickets ($15 per adult or $10 per student) are available now at King Ace Hardware in Middleport, Clark’s Jewelry in Pomeroy or from Meigs High School Band members. Although tickets will be available at the door, advance purchase is recommended.

Out of town guests may reserve tickets by sending a check payable to “Riverbend Arts Council” to PO Box 27, Middleport, OH 45760. Your tickets will be held for you at the door.

If purchasing tickets at the door, please plan to pay with cash, as the arts council is unable to accept credit cards.

If you have other questions, please contact Mary Wise at 740-992-2675. The arts council is located at 290 North Second Avenue, Middleport, Ohio.

This is a fund raiser for the Riverbend Arts Council and the Meigs High School Band. We invite you to join us for the evening and appreciate your support.

Tim and Edie King

Big Band Dance, Saturday March 2, 2019!

Big Band Ballroom Dance!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

7:30 – 10:00pm

Stout Memorial United Methodist Church Gym, 3329 Broad St Parkersburg, WV

Dear Ballroom Dancers,

Don’t miss the Big Band Dances this year at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church Gym.

3329 Broad St (same street as YMCA),park on the lot off 34th street, & enter the gym at the small green sign “Family Life Center.”

All dances will be Saturday evenings, 7:30-10pm.

We have no kitchen or frig use, so please bring your own non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks, (your own plates & cups also).

Our fantastic Doug Hess Big Band will provide the dance music!

Sat Mar 2, 2019, 7:30-10 pm
Sat April 6, 2019, 7:30-10 pm
Sat May 4, 2019, 7:30-10 pm

See you soon!

Felice & The Big Band
Joyce & Steve Mestemacher 304-422-7424 / 304-916-0104 (Steve)


Shag Dancing Thursday, February 14 at American Legion, 7:00-9:00 PM

Happy Valentine’s Day!  You can head to the  American Legion Post 15 on Garfield Avenue (Traffic Circle) from 7:00-9:00 PM and dance at their Thursday Night Dances! We invite you to come early and eat with us.  The Legion has good food and weekly specials at very reasonable prices.
Join us for socializing and dancing to “Beach” music.  Our fabulous DJs will spin our favorite tunes and take requests for yours too.
Come dance with us every Thursday!
~~ The public is welcome ~~
Susan Shawver
Mid Ohio Valley Shaggers
Here are some future events from other clubs that you might want to attend:
Winter Beach Blast, February 23, 2019 – Rock Hill, SC – Debbie Brown at 803-242-6104 or
15th Annual Dancin’ on the High Seas Cruise, February 23-March 1, 2019 – contact Maureen & Bob at 800-727-9577 or

Shamrock Shag Dance, March 14, Charleston Moose Lodge – contact Bruce Meeker 304-964-7222
2019 ACSC Summer Workshop, July 12-14, 2019 – Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, Charlotte, NC – contact
2019 Mid Ohio Valley Shag Club Riverside Party, July 27 – Belpre Shrine Club, Belpre, OH
Columbia Shag Club’s 38th Annual Invitational, August 17 – American Legion Post 7, Lexington, SC – contact Donna Nash at 803-608-4044 or
Shag-A-Rama, October 1-6 – Panama City Beach, FL – Robin Haynes, 256-694-6043

Valentine Dance – February 14, 2019

Ballroom Dance hosted by Dick Newman

February 14, 2019
7-10 pm

Barboursville Community Center (next to the Senior Center) 721 Central Ave. Barboursville, WV

Will be playing your favorites and a lot of the great love songs.
Comfortable dress and we will have light hors d’oeuvres.
Lighted parking and an entrance in the rear of the building.

Dick Newman Music Host

$15 per person

Valentine Dance Party – Feb 15th

Feb 15, 2019
CW Senior Center 22 S Trine St. Canal Winchester, Ohio

Dancing – Photo Booth – Light Refreshments – Door Prizes – Dress Casual Attire

Professional DJ Services Provided by Councilman Mike Walker, DJ, Owner of Mastermix DJ

Free. RSVP by Feb 8. Sign up at the center, on Facebook or Call 614-837-8276

Click on the link to download the flyer


Ballroom Dances at the O’Neil Center in Marietta!

Four dances are scheduled at the O’Neil Center located at 333 4th Street in Marietta, Ohio.  Dates and times are listed below:
FRIDAY 29 March 2019 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
FRIDAY 28 June 2019 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
FRIDAY 27 September from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
SATURDAY 28 December 2019 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Dance is hosted by John Polasko and the tickets are $5.00 per person.
Dance songs will be in this order:
Cha Cha
Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages – Casual attire – Floor is very good for dancing.
15-20 minute dance lesson will start at approximately 8:15 pm
For questions, email John at

Dick Newman Dance Party

I just found out about another Dance Club in Barboursville, WV – about 1 1/2 hours from MOV.

They have a Facebook Page that you can find under Ballroom Dancing Huntington, WV. 

Here is the letter I received:

Dear Member and Prospective Member,

Often I have questions about our Dance Club.

We are really unique in that we have no initiation fee or dues. To be a member all you need to do is come to our dances. We have members who have been coming for 25 years. Granted we are all getting older, but we are blessed that we are still carrying on.

We have monthly dances, light hors d’oeuvres, coffee and soft drinks . This is an excellent time for a date night.

Feel free to call on me for any dance or music question you may have.

We can also schedule you for free practice time.

Hope to see you on the dance floor this year.

Just a word to our Shag and Bossa Nova friends: we have a great tune selection just waiting for your steps. We have also added some red hot Boogie movers.

Our first dance for the new year will be January 18th and the next will be our Valentine dance on February 14th.

Our dances are held at the Barboursville WV Community Center.

I’ll be providing E-mail and Facebook notices about our dances.




Our dances are in Barboursville, WV at 7 p.m. once each month. Please contact me for the next dance. Please come and enjoy your dancing. Dick Newman is the Music Host with continuous dance recordings.