Rev Up the Revival

night of dancing immortalizes legendary local ballroom

Katy Macek

Fournier’s Ballroom, 1959. Photo Courtesy of the Chippewa Valley Museum
Fournier’s Ballroom, 1959. Photo Courtesy of the Chippewa Valley Museum

If the simple mention of Fournier’s Ballroom gets you wanting to dig out your dancing shoes, the Chippewa Valley Museum is giving you a great reason to do so. Long-time Chippewa Valley residents probably remember the dance hall era bolstered by Fournier’s popular dance floor, but never fear – Valley newbies and pros alike can experience the magic again Saturday, April 1 during “A Dance Hall Revival” at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. The event is part of the museum’s 7th annual Heritage in the Valley Celebration & Fundraiser. It features music from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s by The Thundermen, a dinner buffet, silent auction, and raffles. It may not be Fournier’s Ballroom, The London Inn, or The Barr, but folks will be dancing their feet off from 5:30-11pm. Reserved dinner and dance tickets are $40 per person or $20 for dance only tickets, and those must be purchased by March 27. The dinner buffet runs from 6:15-7:15pm with a menu of grilled hamburgers, grilled chicken breast, assorted buns, calico beans, Jo-Jo’s or steak fries, fresh veggies and dip, and The Thundermen take over at 7:30pm. Whether you need an excuse to use those dancing shoes or want to relive some memories of the good ol’ days, this is definitely an event worth showing up for. 

Chippewa Valley Museum presents Dance Hall Revival • April 1 • 5:30-11pm • Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave. • Eau Claire • Tickets: dinner/dance ($40), dance only ($20) • www.cvmuseum.com • (715) 834-7871