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Dancing the night away

Annual dances in Browns Park have been area favorites for as long as Greystone resident Mara Molloy can remember.

The Browns Hole Homemakers Club, a group Molloy belongs to, will host a fall dance at 7 p.m. today at Lodore Hall in Browns Park, about 80 miles northwest of Craig.

"I joined the group in 1996, and they've had the dance at least since then," Molloy said. "We have two a year."

The dance, which is free and open to the public, will include features such as a cakewalk, quilt auction, dinner and door prizes.

Performing on stage will be local country music group The John Wayne Band.

"Anybody who loves country music will love them," Molloy said.

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Molly said she expects the dance to attract a crowd of about 65 people throughout the night, which is about the capacity of Lodore Hall.

"There will probably be people coming in and out of there all night," she said. "We've never had a problem being overcrowded."

Molloy said the dance could go as late as midnight, depending on the turnout and how many people are on the dance floor.

"We get all age groups, and it just depends on how much people want to dance," she said. "I know my kids get a big kick out of it."

Providing educational and religious family activities is what the Homemakers Club is all about, as well as conducting fundraising for various causes.

"The club's been around since the 1950s and we've got members from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah at the moment," she said.

The group is a nonprofit organization that has about 20 volunteers committed to community contributions such as assisting veterans in the region and maintaining Lodore Hall, for which the club received exclusive rights in the 1980s with a special-use permit.

"It was practically abandoned back then," Molloy said. "We pay for electricity and upkeep like painting."

Molloy said the annual dances would be more difficult to arrange if the building were still in the shape it was before the club took over.

"It didn't even have a floor," she said. "I think they got the floor we have from a bowling alley in Rock Springs (Wyo.)."

To get to Lodore Hall from Craig, travel west on U.S. Highway 40 to Maybell. Turn right at Colorado Highway 318 and drive northwest to Browns Park.

If you go

What: Fall dance

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Lodore Hall in Browns Park

The dance also includes a cakewalk, quilt auction, door prizes, dinner and live music by The John Wayne Band. Admission to the event is free. For more information, call Mara Molloy at 269-3000.

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