Ozark Play Parties

ONLINE EVENT
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Noon
Presented by Dr. Alan Spurgeon

Join us for a Zoom program with Dr. Alan Spurgeon, professor emeritus of music at the University of Mississippi and author of Waltz the Hall: The American Play Party. Play parties were social gatherings popular in frontier and rural areas from the mid-1800s to the 1940s. According to Dr. Spurgeon, “The classic play party grew out of the desire of young people to dance in spite of restrictions against dancing by religious groups.” Songs such as “Sugar and Tea” were sung by the participants as they played “singing games” similar to square dancing. However, the activity was never called dancing, musical instruments were never used, and close contact among participants (such as the popular square dance maneuver of swinging your partner by the waist) was not allowed.

Please note this free online event is limited to 100 participants. Registration is required. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to join the event. Registration will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

“Sugar and Tea,” a play party song included in Alan Spurgeon’s book, Waltz the Hall: The American Play Party.

“Sugar and Tea,” a play party song included in Alan Spurgeon’s book, Waltz the Hall: The American Play Party.

ONLINE EVENT
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Noon
Presented by Dr. Alan Spurgeon

Join us for a Zoom program with Dr. Alan Spurgeon, professor emeritus of music at the University of Mississippi and author of Waltz the Hall: The American Play Party. Play parties were social gatherings popular in frontier and rural areas from the mid-1800s to the 1940s. According to Dr. Spurgeon, “The classic play party grew out of the desire of young people to dance in spite of restrictions against dancing by religious groups.” Songs such as “Sugar and Tea” were sung by the participants as they played “singing games” similar to square dancing. However, the activity was never called dancing, musical instruments were never used, and close contact among participants (such as the popular square dance maneuver of swinging your partner by the waist) was not allowed.

Please note this free online event is limited to 100 participants. Registration is required. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to join the event. Registration will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

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