We are so sorry to lose some more of
our old friends & dancers.
Ray Duffee 2/23/14
Jean Zmolek 3/30/14
Dave Barnes 5/15/14
Margaret Lee 5/18/14
Coloma (Kip) Shannon 6/21/14 (our ticket Lady)
Max Wheelwright 6/28/14
Joseph Book 7/30/2014
Evelyn Dagnillo 9/16/14
Rhonda Armstrong 11/28/14
We are 2 miles south & 2 miles west of Woodward
(1mile South of Hwy 141 from the North Side)
A little over 2 miles west of Hwy 141 from the East side)
72 Years for Wilma with the Ballroom.
Wilma married Pete Bess in 1944.
(Previous owners.) .... but She started
dancing at the Ballroom in '37 or '38
In her high school years. (that's 79 years)
Yes .... There was a Lake.
Mr. Robbins made a man-made lake & put an
8 sided cabin on it with a board walk. This was in the beginning of 1920's. He started building the Ballroom in 1929 & opened
November 11, 1931.
Herbie Kay out of Chicago was the Orchestra. His female vocalist was Dorothy Lamour.
She was 17 years old.
We Celebrated the Ballroom's
Sunday Nov. 11, 2018
(actual date is 11/11/1931)
I just heard a rumor Frank Sinatra
was out here singing with the Dorseys
I'll be checking this out
13 more years & we'll be celebrating
Another great sorrow
(Al Welsh Orchestra)
is no longer with us.
11/27/1933 - 4/11/2019
Ross also played with
the Everett Boyer Orchestra
until Everett retired.
So Ross was playing out here at
least twice a month for quite a few years.
His first job was here at Lake Robbins
New Years Eve Dec. 31, 1955
He was a Music Teacher, Musician,
Mentor & Friend to ever so many.
He will be remembered & missed
for a long long time.
It breaks my heart to tell you ... Helen Bush
is now with our dancing stars.
What a lovely Lady.
She was dancing out here when I was a waitress in 1976. One our favorite tables.
On the north side ... last table .. middle row. that was the fun table. She always had fun .. always liven the place up. I am so glad to know her.
miss you & love you Helen
2 Bands - non-stop Music
Exit 113 &
Dance: 5:30 - 10 ... $11
We do take reservations
On regular dances you may call in or let us know. We do not guarantee a certain table but will try to get you close to the area you like.
We have employees taking reservations all the time & sometimes the table may already be spoken for & we're not aware of it.
Reservations are 1st come 1st serve bases.
Some of our regular dancers have favorite tables
& have let the waitresses know they are coming.
They usually get the same table all the time.
On Special Events (Some events we do NOT take reservations)
There are no regular tables. If you want a table you need to reserve. We need to know you are coming. It is 1st to reserve gets the table. So if you have a favorite it is best to reserve early. (Weeks ahead).
Some special events are reservations only with advanced tickets. The day before or day of
will not get you close to the dance floor.
My dancers reserve early to get the best tables.
We are trying hard to be fair with reservations & we have had some big screw ups & we're sorry it happened. Please be patient we are trying to make it better. We have had some big nights, but we have never ran out of room. So please don't let not having a reservation stop you from coming. We will find you a table.
Woodstock 50 years
A tribute to Jon Stafford
July 13 or 20, 2019
Jon Stafford was helping me ...
line up a group of bands to
celebrate 50 years for WOODSTOCK
We now would still like to carry this on as a tribute to Jon.
any band who would like
to be a part of this please
get in touch with me.
Wilma with good friends, Marge, Judy, & Helen
April 9, 1919 -
Feb. 21, 2019
Our Ticket Lady for 81 3/4 - 82years
Our hearts go out to
A lot of fond memories in remembering them out here dancing.
They'll be back Sept. 7, 2019
SundayMay 26, 2019
I'm not sure what year this was taken but this is the north side of the Ballroom. It's changed a bit.
July 24, 1986 -July 9, 2018
Karon's son & our Friend
He also was our part time cook
26726 150th St
Woodward, IA 50276
Oct. 1, 2018
My Family ... the
we made it!
Celebrating all the month of October ....
HEART SAVER - DEFIBULATOR
A specialThank Youto our Dancers, Bands & Friends
for the Contributions so that we can have one here at the Ballroom. A Very Special THANK YOU
for the ones who promoted & made it happen.
What can I say .... we have the best !
I think of all the people who have touched our lives though the Ballroom.
Some are not with us anymore .. some have just moved on ... and some are still with us ... but a lot of memories & good times well always remain. I know I was blessed with my wonderful supportive family. And all of you that have made this happen. Thank you for making 25 years possible.
Feb. 1, 1923 - July 2, 2016
Available for Weddings & In House Catering
See our Wedding page
Dance: 7 - 10 pm
Doors/Dine: 5:30 pm
Advance tickets will reserve you a Table
Food will be available
Prime Rib ..... $20
Pork loin ..... $14
Chicken ..... $12
Mash Potatoes/Gravy or
Cheesy Hash Browns
Green Beans or
Salad & Bread
This Ballroom was Built for Dancing!
We are so sorry to lose
Al Godfredsen 2/6/15
Pinky Redman - 2/17/15 Al Welsh Orchestra's drummer for 60 years.
Del Martin 1/2015
Helen Cunningham 11/18/2014
Johnny Saunders 2/8/2015
Gary Grant 2/20/2015
Vince Morris 2/21/2015
Eleanore Meier 8/3/2015
Lou Greco 8/17/2015
Marilyn Meyer 8/31/2015
Howard Clemons 9/ /2015
Jack Vierling 11/3/2015
Josephine Thiel 11/7/2015
Robert Ziesman 12/4/2015
Larry Schultze 12/6/2015
Bill Cardwell 1/7/2016
Reta Williams 1/28/2016
Alice Jenkins 2/21/2016
Lester Menke 3/5/2016
Karen Swenson 6/11/16
Conrad John 6/17/16
Wilma Jean Bess 7/2/2016 (Previous Owner)
Arlene Hendrixson 7/17/16A
Duane (Bud) Young 7/23/16
Jeanne Robbins Phillips 9/17/16 (Her Father & Grandfather built Lake Robbins)
Charles Heinz 10/16
Dick Smith 11/26/16
Norman Gore 1/29/17
Arlyce Nichols 3/2/17
Jeanette Ziesman 3/6/17
Don Kinnison 5/16/17
Michael Westaby 5/17/17 (Gloria & Marlo's son)
Gary "Hatch" Hatcher 6/30/17
Patsy Capen 7/1/17
Belle Maring 8/31/17
Tim Dawson 10/13/17
Nada Shannon 11/24/17
Betty Greif - Feldmann 2/13/18
Anoka Stratton 4/25/18
Noah Bess 5/14/2018 (Wilma & Pete's son)
Bryan Idso 7/9/18 (Karon's son & our PT Cook)
Howard Hammond 7/23/18
Maggie Radebaugh 7/27/2018
Velma Bailey 9/17/18 (one of the Bouton ladies who helped us.)
Charles Radke 10/12/18 (keyboard in Al Welsh & Everett Boyer's bands)
Horace Young 10/19/18
Gordie Strain 2/9/19 (with Midwest Rock & Soul Revue Band)
Helen Bush 2/21/19
Jon Stafford 3/13/19 (According to Hoyle Band)
Ross Leeper 4/11/19 (Al Welsh & Everett Boyer's Bands)
Joan Lindner 4/14/19