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Columbia State Park to host Big Band Street Dance
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The Friends of Columbia State Historic Park encourage visitors to don 1940s attire for the 23th annual Big Band Street Dance event on July 14. - photo by Contributed

Area dancers are invited to put on their Zoot suits, twirly skirts and make their way to Columbia State Historic Park for some Jitterbugging and Lindy Hopping at the 23th annual Big Band Street Dance event.

The Friends of Columbia State Historic Park are celebrating Columbia’s 73nd year as a California State Park by hosting dance event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 14.  Admission is free and 1940s costumes are encouraged.

Visitors can take a free tour of town at 11 a.m. with a park aide who will focus on life in Columbia during the 1930s and 1940s. Throughout the day photo displays will liven the streets and museum depicting various buildings during that time period.

A 1940s DJ will open the evening festivities with music from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rod Harris & the Kicks and the Columbia College Big Band will perform music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s beginning at 7:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for best dancers and best 1940s costumes. Columbia’s restaurants will be open and serving food and spirits; and popcorn, soda and water will be available all evening for purchase.

There will be VIP Table Seating again this year. Enjoy the festivities from your private table for $15 per person or $50 per table. VIP tables include a complimentary bottle of champagne. Reservations can made at (209) 588-8411.

Although admission is free, donations to Friends of Columbia to support educational and historical programs are greatly appreciated.  For more details or to reserve VIP Table Seating contact the Friends of Columbia at (209) 588-8411.