Dave Moore and his wife Garland have been working like troopers to restore the Oelwein Coliseum Ballroom to its glory days of the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s.
They've been helped by a small crew of loyal volunteers each of whom have been attending to various aspects of the renovation.
I was fortunate to be given a tour of the ballroom on May 4, 2017. Dave took a break from working to show me around the place. Much to my surprise, this is much more than a ballroom - this is also a comprehensive museum of northeast Iowa dance band history! The wealth of memorabilia on the walls and in display cases is simply overwhelming!
My hope is that sometime someone writes a detailed essay chronicling all the hard work Dave and the gang has put into this labor of love.
For more information on the ballroom, please check out both these links.