■ Arlene Lehtone / Contributed
Hemet West hosts dances that are open to community seniors every Wednesday night. The following bands have been booked through the end of August:
These Wednesday Night Dances for seniors are from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and are open to the general public. Admission is $5 per person, proper attire is required, and alcohol is not allowed.
Opportunity drawings offer free tickets. Tables have snacks and pitchers of water. Freshly brewed tea and coffee are available. Hemet West is located at 5001 W. Florida Ave., Hemet. For further information about these popular dances, contact Kathy Perry at 951-692-0891.
Looking for ideas for the Western-themed dance? In the early days of the Wild West, pants were made from wool, and in summertime, canvas was sometimes worn.
During the Gold Rush of the 1840s, denim overalls were favored because of affordability and breathability. Levi Strauss improved the design by attaching copper rivets, and by the 1870s they were used by ranchers and cowboys.
Leather chaps frequently were worn to safeguard the cowboy’s legs from cactus spines and deter the material from wearing out.
Ladies wore knee-length prairie skirts, gingham dresses, or suede fringed skirts made from Native American attire.