My wife and I have taken waltz and other formal dance lessons at our church recently and really enjoyed it.
It was great fun to try out our steps dancing with the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers.
Most couples except us were in Civil War period costumes. All the dancers we met were warm, talented dancers, and very willing to show us the steps.
Tom and Lesley Mack called the moves and dances and helped us, as novices, to easily blend in with the more experienced dancers.
The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels provided traditional Civil War era music to accompany the dancing.
My take? It was grand to experience a more genteel, kind, mannerly, sophisticated and beautiful way of life through line and Civil War era dancing.
For example, when you spin during a reel, or do an arm and hand left star and right star maypole-like movement, or bow to your partner before and after each dance, it is just more civilized.
Join them and dance in a civilized way. You will smile for hours as we did and meet some very fine people.
That style of dancing is sophisticated, but includes elements that are almost childlike in their execution.
And adding to the experience is the fact that proceeds (it was only $35 a couple) go to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
The next day we went 160 underground and viewed the wonder of the Luray Caverns, God's creation on display in translucent colors. It has been owned for generations by the Graves family.
Also, do not miss the Luray Valley Museum. It is right across from the Luray Caverns entrance. Living museum and structures from the past 500 years of the life of people in the Shenandoah Valley. This is a private museum also built and run by the Graves family. Like other private museums, it is well organized with historic artifacts found no where else.
Some photos of the some of the items in the museum are found below.