Music and dance featured at Red Barn celebration

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SHELL LAKE – Musical performance and dance will be an important part of the Toftness farm centennial open house celebration on Saturday, Aug. 12, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Red Barn Campground.

The Toftness family has a long tradition of music. Wilhelm and Hulda Toftness required their 11 children to play two instruments and encouraged performance as singers. During the 1920s-1930s, the Toftness family band regularly performed at Saturday night dances throughout the area. They also played for President Calvin Coolidge and at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.  A girls’ quintet performed at the state fair.

This musical tradition continues today. This will be evident in a special Toftness Troupe Talent Teaser scheduled for 2:30-4 p.m., during the Aug. 12 open house. Besides Forrest (Billy) Toftness and sister Gloria Toftness Gaynor singing a duet and solo number, there will be a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren performing in the barn.

The day will be capped off by a 7:30-10 p.m. performance and dance with the Highview bluegrass band.

The family hopes this event will express its gratitude to the Shell Lake community for 100 years of support and that this day will be a true celebration for all members of this community. – from Red Barn Campground