Golden age of Irish dance halls in Dudley Square
Dancing in Dudley, highlighting the golden era of Irish dance halls in Dudley Square will take place Wednesday February 13 at 7PM at Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St, Roxbury. Susan Gedutis Lindsay, author of See You at the Hall will explore the history of three decades of Irish dancing in Dudley Square. Dillon Bustin, Artistic Director of Hibernian Hall, part of Madison Park Development Corporation will share current programming at the grandly restored Irish Dance Hall. Dancing in Dudley is the second event of the Roxbury History Speaker Series.
Roxbury’s Dudley Square was home to five bustling, busy dance halls -- the Intercolonial, the Hibernian, Winslow Hall, the Dudley Street Opera House and the Rose Croix. Starting in the 1940’s, several evenings a week, Irish and Irish -Americans from all over Boston gathered to dance and socialize. The streets were packed; Dudley felt like the heart of an Irish city. Thousands of couples crowded into the five dance halls, whirling around the floor, dancing the fox trot, reel, set dance, waltz, schottische or highland fling to the music of Irish bands.
Susan Gedutis Lindsay is author of See You at the Hall: Boston’s Golden Era of Irish Music and Dance. She plays the Irish whistle and flute and performs with her husband Stephen Lindsay. In 2011 their first CD, from the Green to the Blue was released. She is the Associate Director for Instructional Design, Berklee College of Music, and is the editor of Massachusetts Music News, the quarterly journal of Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
The discussion will be open to the audience share their own memories. People are encouraged to bring a photo or other treasure to share.
The History Speaker Series is the first program of the newly revitalized Roxbury Historical Society, and is co-sponsored by Haley House Bakery and Café and Discover Roxbury. Shawmut Design and Construction is supporting the series.
The series is free and open to the public. Dinner is available for sale from 5PM on. For more information call Haley House 617-445-0900 or visit www.discoverroxbury.org.
Upcoming events in the Dudley-Past Present and Future series.
March 20 Retail Business in Dudley, with David Dwiggins speaking on the history of retail business, 1950-1975 and a panel of representing new and old businesses in Dudley.
April 17 What is the Notion- a history of A Nubian Notion the first Afro-Centric store in Boston, with members of the Abdal-Khallaq family. Moderated by Candelaria Silva-Collins.
May 15 Back to the Future-a brief history of Ferdinand’s, and a panel of reflecting on their hopes for the future of Dudley.