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Swing Time Newsletter — Sunday OCT 26th 2008

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Halloween Costume Ball     Recent Event Photos     Swing Is Dead     Morris the Casino Cat

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Hi Everyone,  Get your costumes ready!  This Wednesday is the big Halloween Costume Ball, our 7th Annual at the Gulfport Casino, featuring $250+ worth of costume prizes and $100 Cash 1st Prize!  Check out the amazing New Photos from last year's Halloween Costume Ball, plus read the Haunted Legend of Morris the Casino Cat... if you dare!  Then on Friday -- Halloween Night -- Swing Time takes the show to Centro Asturiano in Tampa for the incredible Halloween dance party, Swing Is Dead!  Don't miss out... no one does Halloween like Swing Time!  --Sam

Learn the Shim Sham this Wed 10/29 - Free Lesson!

Swing Time! 1940's USO Swing Dance - Fri 11/7 at Centro

Celebrate Your Birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!
Free Admission Wednesdays for Birthday People!

Gulfport Casino Swing Night       Swinging Bulls Lindy Bash       Events Calendar


NEW PHOTOS! -- FROM LAST YEAR'S COSTUME BALL AT GULFPORT CASINO
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New Photos - 2007 Halloween Costume Ball at Gulfport Casino


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Halloween Costume Ball
at the GULFPORT CASINO SWING NIGHT
Wednesday,  October 29th,  2008

Attention guys & ghouls!  Put on your best costume and swing with all sorts of exciting characters!  Dance to the midnight hour at the 7th Annual Halloween Costume Ball, happening Wednesday October 29th at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom!

Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... Seven Years Running!
Featuring the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix!

Shim Sham Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)... + Bonus Dance!
Swing Music & Dancing,  8pm-Midnight

Door Prizes + Prizes for Best Costumes!
Prizes for BestScariestSexiestFunniestSwingiest,  and Most Original Costumes!
Costume Contest Winners take home $250+ worth of prizes!
(Small children not eligible for top prizes -- everyone knows adults can't compete with kids!)

See Photos from Past Halloween Costume Balls!
2007    2006    2005    2004    2003    2002

Loads of Chocolate, Candy, & Trick-or-Treatin' Goodies!
Monster Shim Sham + Bonus Dance... a Real Thriller!
Dancing Costume Parade
Steal Dance Mixer
Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Parking  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lesson)

Gulfport Casino

Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
One of the Best Dance Floors Anywhere!
A High-Energy Social Event
Co-sponsored by The Gulfport Casino & Swing Time

The Gulfport Casino is located in the St. Petersburg area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.  For more information, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below.

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


Morris the Casino Cat MORRIS THE CASINO CAT & OTHER GULFPORT GHOST STORIES

As many of you know, the Gulfport Casino was built in the 1930's.  The building has a history that started in the big band era.  Back in the 1930's, just like today, it was a popular dance hall for swing and big band dancing.  Today though, around 3:00am when the streets are still and the Casino is closed, passers-by have reported the faint sound of big band music emanating from the dance hall, and even the ghostly silhouette of a dancing couple gliding across the dance floor.

Fast forward to 1970, the day when a stray orange tabby showed up on the steps of the Gulfport Casino.  The locals adopted him, took good care of him, and dubbed him Morris the Cat due to his striking resemblance to the famous spokescat of the Nine Lives commercials.  "Everyone loved Morris.  His favorite activities were sleeping in the flowerbeds that surrounded the building and chasing little crabs and other critters down the beach." [1]  He lived a full life as Casino mascot until one day in 1985 ...when he was discovered still and lifeless in one of the flowerbeds.  His fans had him cremated, and encased his ashes in a concrete monolith that still stands today beside the Casino, overlooking the waterfront and the beach.  The monument (pictured here) contains a memorial plaque and a painted effigy of Morris sitting atop.  Today, flowers occasionally and mysteriously appear beside Morris' memorial.  On breezy days, swirls of dust along the beach have reportedly taken... the shape of a cat.  This Halloween Costume Ball, pay a visit to Morris' memorial... come closer and listen.  Can you hear the faint "Meow" coming from within?

[1] The above quote and the source for much of this info comes from Deborah Frethem's 2007 book, Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas County.


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Swing Is Dead
HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY
Friday,  October 31st,  2008

at Centro Asturiano in Tampa

Halloween Night -- Friday October 31st -- Swing Time presents... Swing Is Dead!  Costumed characters, zombie swingsters, and undead dancers will converge upon the spooktacular vintage Grand Ballroom of Centro Asturiano in Tampa for this Halloween dance party!  The party features a costume contest with $250+ in cash & prizes, plus loads of chocolate, candy & trick-or-treats!  The night starts with a swing dance lesson 8-9pm (no partner needed), followed by dancing 9pm-1am to the ultimate Halloween swing/dance music mix!  Admission is $7 with costume or $10 without.  Swing Is Dead features special Halloween decor & atmosphere, plus door prizes, costume parade, a steal-dance mixer, and the monster shim sham!  All ages are welcome!  Centro Asturiano is located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602 (at the corner of Palm Ave. & Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City).

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Door Prizes + Prizes for the Best Costumes!
Prizes for BestScariestHottestFunniest, and Deadest Costumes
+ Special Prize for Swingin'est Zombie!
Costume Contest Winners take home $250+ worth of Cash & Prizes!

Swing Dance Lesson,  8-9pm  (no partner needed)
Swing Music & Dancing,  9pm-1am

Loads of  Chocolate,  Candy,  & Trick-or-Treats!
Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix!
Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere
Dancing Costume Parade
Monster Shim Sham
Steal Dance Mixer

Spooktacular Vintage Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor
Admission $7 with costume -or- $10 without

See Photos from Last Year's Halloween Monster Bash

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Gated Parking  *

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info or click the links below:
[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


In honor of Veteran's Day...  Swing Time!  presents...
1940's USO Swing Dance
at Centro Asturiano in Tampa
featuring  The Ten O'Clock Big Band
Friday,  November 7th,  2008

Friday, November 7th 2008... at Centro Asturiano in Tampa... In honor of Veteran's Day, Swing Time presents a 1940's USO-Themed Swing Dance.  WWII-era civilian or military attire is encouraged. The Ten O'Clock Band, Florida's leading 18-piece big band, will be decked out in their Army Air Corps khaki uniforms and they'll be swingin' for all the dancers, 9pm-1am. The event starts with a free group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm, and no partner is needed. The evening includes prize giveaways, plus WWII-era decor, atmosphere, and special exhibits.

The Ten O'Clock Band brings the big-band experience to Swing Time.  When people speak of "the big bands", this is what they mean -- five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, plus piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocals.  The band's bold & brassy sound will fill the Grand Ballroom, with minimal need for amplification, letting participants experience the classic days of swing as it was meant to be played, heard, danced to, and otherwise enjoyed.  Exciting soloists, excellent musicianship, and great coordination as a unit have earned the band rave reviews from dancers as well as fellow musicians across the Bay area!

Swing Time is Florida's Premier Swing Event, held one Friday each month.  Centro Asturiano is located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602 (at the corner of Palm Ave. & Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City).

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Live Music & Dancing w/ The Ten O'Clock Band,  9pm-1am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner needed),  8-9pm
Special WWII-Era Decor, Atmosphere & Exhibits

All Ages  &  Smoke-Free
Exciting Social Atmosphere
Fabulous Vintage Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor
Prize Giveaways
Full Bar

$13 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Gated Parking

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
[Band Bio]     [Map & Directions]     [More Info]


 GULFPORT CASINO SWING NIGHT 
EVERY WEDNESDAY in Gulfport (St. Petersburg, FL)

Swing Music & Dancing,  8pm-Midnight
Dance Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)

Shim Sham,  Dance Jams,  Prizes,  Mixers,  & More

Beautiful & Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
Friendly Social Atmosphere
One of the World's Best Dance Floors!

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Parking  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lesson)

[Map & Directions]     [Lessons]     [More Info]


UPCOMING SWING TIME EVENTS
Click the links below for details on each event

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Swing Night

Oct 29, 2008 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Swing Night
                     HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL 

Oct 31, 2008 (Fri): Halloween Night at Centro Asturiano
                     SWING IS DEAD 

Nov  7, 2008 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano
                    1940's USO SWING DANCE
                    featuring  The Ten O'Clock Band
                    Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band!


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