Spirit of 1900s revived at dance in Pine River

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Stephanie White and Spirit Movement Dance Studio owner and instructor Oscar Gonzales were experts on the floor of the 1900-1920 Masquerade ball dance floor in Pine River Saturday, Nov. 23. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Heritage Group North's 1900-1920s Masked Ball had a crowd of nearly 60 on Saturday, Nov. 23, reliving what was likely the biggest social event of each year from 1901-1920 in Pine River.

The event was hosted at River Fitness, where owner Sharon Gensmer and others had realized the wood floors and vintage metal ceiling uncovered during renovation brought back memories of old-time dance halls.

Reading accounts of the 1901 Pine River New Year's masquerade ball in old papers gave Heritage Group North members an idea to bring back the popular vintage event. Attendees wore attire suited for a formal dance along with masks, which they doffed at 9 p.m.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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