For another year, the Emery Town Winter Ball aimed to raise funds for the restoration of the old yellow church in Emery. This year’s successful event took place on Saturday as attendees gathered at the Emery Town Rec Center for an evening of music and dancing.
A couple from the Salt Lake Scandinavian Music and Dance organization were in attendance at the ball this year to perform and teach Scandinavian dance. Tom Oesleby and Gwen Trefts are leaders in the Salt Lake company. They helped form the organization after moving to Utah from Wyoming in 2006.
Their first event, The Scandi Jam 2010, was an afternoon workshop and evening party featuring Bob Holmen from Red Lodge, Wyo. with music by local musicians. This has grown to annual and semi-annual Scandi fests and other local heritage festivals. Oesleby and Trefts have studied under Norwegian and Swedish instructors and enthusiastically shared their talent at this year’s ball.
The event was organized by the Emery Historical and Restoration Committee as funds continue to be raised for the restoration of the church.