Welcome to Gettysburg Civil War Dance!

We have been sponsoring informal dances in nearby Fairfield since 1998!

As John and Nancy Newbold announced last month, we are merging the President’s Remembrance Day Ball with the ball sponsored for 20 years by Gettysburg Civil War Dance, traditionally held at the Seminary Refectory. Complete details for the 2020 dinners and dances will be shared soon. In the meanwhile, we hope you will plan to attend one or both balls on November 20 and 21, 2020, at the Gettysburg Hotel. We are committed to continuing to offer wonderful events.

Recently, we hosted the annual Gettysburg Winter Civil War Ball, sponsored by the Civilians of Gettysburg 1861-1865, on Saturday, February 22, 8:00-11:00 PM, at the American Legion Club of Gettysburg. This venue featured a wonderful dance floor—the best I know of in Gettysburg.

Wayne and I look forward to dancing with you soon.

Norma

CIVIL WAR ERA DANCING – Spring 2020

Briant and Karin Bohleke

Dance Master and Mistress

SECOND SATURDAY

Informal Dances with Recorded Music

February 8, 2020, March 14, 2020, May 9, 2020*

7:30 to 10:00 P.M.

Village Hall 108 West Main Street, Fairfield, PA

Organizers Wayne Belt and Norma Calhoun invite you to participate in the 22nd year of Victorian dancing in Fairfield. Each monthly dance is an enjoyable social occasion focused on learning the dances and etiquette of the Civil War era. The dance master and mistress will demonstrate and call each dance. Elegant dancers and excellent teachers, they enjoy sharing their authentic reconstructions of period dances from original sources, and they have new and revived material to share.

*For the May dance, we encourage (but do not require) informal period attire. For the February and March dances, we suggest modern casual clothes or informal period attire. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes with flexible soles. Metal heel plates are not allowed on the dance floor.

Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $10 per person, payable at the door.

Fairfield is located about 8 miles southwest of Gettysburg on PA RT 116. The Village Hall is in the middle of Fairfield on PA RT 116/Main Street. Park on the street in front, or in the lot behind the building.

For more information, additional directions, a Remembrance Day Ball flyer, information about the Gettysburg Winter Ball on February 22, 2020, or to place your name on the mailing list for information about the next series of dances (September to November 2020), send email to civilwardance@earthlink.net (preferred) or call (717) 337-0748. Please visit Gettysburg Civil War Dance on Facebook.

If an event is cancelled, information will be posted on the voice mail announcement and on Facebook. A few days before each event, please confirm that the event will take place as scheduled.

Gettysburg Civil War Dance contributes its event proceeds to the Land Conservancy of Adams County, a local preservation organization that works with landowners, the American Battlefield Trust and other organizations to preserve the hallowed ground beyond the official boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park.

18th Annual President’s Remembrance Day Dinner and Ball

The Remembrance Day Dinner & Ball

As John and Nancy Newbold announced last month, we are merging the President’s Remembrance Day Ball with the ball sponsored for 20 years by Gettysburg Civil War Dance, traditionally held at the Seminary Refectory. Complete details for the 2020 dinners and dances will be shared soon. In the meanwhile, we hope you will plan to attend one or both balls on November 20 and 21, 2020, at the Gettysburg Hotel. We are committed to continuing to offer wonderful events.

President’s Remembrance Day Ball Photos and Video

About Us

Gettysburg Civil War Dance is a non-profit social organization that teaches Victorian era dancing and etiquette and sponsors dances and balls, primarily in the Gettysburg, PA, area.

Norma Calhoun and Wayne Belt
Norma Calhoun and Wayne Belt

History of The President’s Remembrance Day Ball as sponsored by John and Nancy Newbold: 2003-2019

John and Nancy Newbold have been attending the Remembrance Day festivities since 1992. They began sponsoring this dinner/ball in 2003 so to have everything for the evening at one location instead of having to travel around and make multiple reservations.

John and Nancy
John and Nancy

Beginning three years ago, they introduced two new layers, a Fancy Dress or Masquerade Ball on Friday and a themed Patriotic Ball on Saturday to make each evening more enjoyable. In 2018, the Friday night Ball was a Tartan Ball. Any attire that had a Celtic theme from any period prior to 1865 or any Civil War attire was welcome for Friday and any Civil War attire is welcome for Saturday.

An evening of fine food, dancing and good company!
Susan de Guardiola was the Dance Master for both nights.

Dancing