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Columbia Plans Big Band Street Dance For July 14

Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will celebrate Columbia’s 73rd year as a California State Park by hosting the 23rd annual Big Band Street Dance event on Main Street in Columbia on Saturday, July 14 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Admission is free and 1940’s costumes are encouraged.

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

A 1940’s DJ will open the evening festivities with music from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Rod Harris and the Kicks and the Columbia College Big Band will perform music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s beginning at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best dancers and best ‘40s 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. Cost is $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. Invite your friends and family to this fabulous evening of nostalgia and fun. Bring lawn chairs and your dancing shoes to fully enjoy this classic event

For more details or to reserve VIP Table Seating contact the Friends of Columbia at (209) 588-8411.