TAUNTON — People could witness history in the making, again. At the Roseland Ballroom couples and singles, hundreds of them, gathered on Sunday afternoon to reminisce of days gone by.
TAUNTON — People could witness history in the making, again.
At the Roseland Ballroom couples and singles, hundreds of them, gathered on Sunday afternoon to reminisce of days gone by.
They showed off fancy footwork and twirled until they were dizzy to the sounds of the DB’s Orchestra, formerly known as the Emanons Band.
This was the first Sunday in years that the Roseland was opened once again for all to enjoy ballroom dancing, the way it was meant to be enjoyed, the way it once was enjoyed at the same place in eras gone by.
Through the years, many popular big bands and singers performed here, including the one and only Frank Sinatra. Tina Finch, the event’s coordinator, explained that this type of dancing is very high in demand.
“We’re bringing back something that everyone loves, no matter how old you are,” she said.
Yesterday’s event was free because it was an open house, but owner Phillip Pan plans to offer this every Sunday for a small fee.
“The restaurant has been under my ownership for about a year,” Pan explained. “Ballroom dancing used to be very popular here so I wanted to bring it back.”
Judging from the crowd the event brought, he’s done the right thing.
Paul and Diane Allard, who were ballroom dancing, came from North Smithfield, Rhode Island.
“We learned about the grand opening from a friend who e-mailed us,” Paul said.
Both 56, they’ve been dancing since 1998.
“We used to come here every week for years, we didn’t know a lick,” Paul said, “but the older generation just made us feel so comfortable, they took us in.”
The couple was so sad when it changed owners a few times, then the music left.
They were in their glory today and even arrived a half an hour early because they were so excited.
“I love watching people out on the floor, Diane said. “They’re all smiling and the live music just adds so much to the whole experience.”
Dayle and Marie Tassinari, of Plymouth, who have been “dancing forever,” couldn’t take the smiles off their faces, they were so happy to be there for the special day.
“They did such a beautiful job,” Dayle, 87, said.
Marie gave it a “10” on a scale. Both agreed, “you can’t go to nicer place than here.”