Winter dance party recognizes history of Duluth armory

By KBJR News 1

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- February 21st marks the 55th anniversary of the Winter Dance Party, which was the evening when Buddy Holly played in Duluth, just three days before he died in a plane crash.

The occasion was marked Friday night with a celebration at the Greysolon Ballroom with music, dancing, drinks, and delicious treats.

Northlanders relived the dance party in order to bring new recognition to the historic Duluth Armory, which was built in 1915.

Those from the armory say restoring it will take a great deal of money, but events like this help in the process.

"The Armory is extremely important because it has a rich musical history, a rich artist and political history. It also has a very very rich veterans history. So it's important from a number of different frameworks," said Nelson French, vice president of the Armory.

The money made from the Winter Dance Party will go entirely towards restoring the Duluth Armory and Music Resource Center.

Elsa Robins