Feb. 1, 1923 - July 2, 2016
Available for Weddings & In House Catering
See our Wedding page
We are so sorry to lose
Al Godfredsen 2/6/15
Pinky Redman - Al Welsh Orchestra's drummer for 60 years. 2/17/2015
Del Martin Jan. 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
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)
Our Ticket Lady for 81 3/4 - 82years
I'm not sure what year this was taken but this is the north side of the Ballroom. It's changed a bit.
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. 12, 2017
(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
14 more years & we'll be celebrating
26726 150th St
Woodward, IA 50276
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)
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.
Wilma with her niece Mollie Bess
This Ballroom was Built for Dancing!
Al Welsh 9 piece Orchestra
Our hearts go out to
A lot of fond memories in remembering them out here dancing.
Wilma with good friends, Marge, Judy, & Helen
* * * * Spring Dance *
May 18, 2018
Making up for our
New Year's Party
* * *
New Year's Pictures
have all been uploaded onto the "New Photos" tab of the website. You can download your pictures from there.
Thank you for being so patience with us!
With Great Heartfelt Sorrow
we pray for Karon's family.
July 24, 1986 -July 9, 2018
Karon's son & our Friend
He also was our part time cook
Visitation 4 - 7 pm
Friday July 13, 2018
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
I wonder how the Mc Clains are doing in their new home out in Connecticut
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 !
Played at Lake Robbins In 1935. He was one of the originals that started Swing dancing back in the 30's.
His Grandson C Calloway Brooks is now touring with his Grandfather's Band. Look him up you'll find it very interesting.
I just received a copy of an ad that he
also played here July 4, 1942.
Thanks to Allen Welsh.