Way Back When: Dancing Under the Stars
(Image: New York Public Library)
By Betsy J. Green
Dancing on the beach was a popular pastime in the past.
Back in July 1919, three nights a week, the energetic folks of Santa Barbara could put on their dancing shoes and head down to the plaza by the beach. There, they could dance to the jazzy tunes of Reed’s Ragtime Rascals. Popular songs in 1919 included: “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles,” “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody,” “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm,” and that time-honored classic, “Take Your Girlie to the Movies (If You Can’t Make Love at Home).”