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The DeYoung's Swingin' Free 75th-Birthday Golden Gate Bridge Bash

Visitors are encouraged to attend this dance extravaganza in their favorite fashions of the era. Black-and-white attire encouraged to create an ambiance of vintage film.

I'll try to hold some seats up front. But these Friday night events are notoriously difficult for finding one another.

Secret free parking behind the band shell.

6:00–6:30 p.m.
Kick off this fabulous Golden Gate birthday party with my dear friend, dance hostess Cynthia Glinka and her easy-as-pie dance lessons.

6:30–7:15 and 7:45-–8:30 p.m.
Live music of the era performed byThe Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

We'll head into the cafe during the intermission

UPDATE 5/10:

The Golden Gate Bridge celebration at the museum promises to be quite a shindig. Be forewarned that it will be hugely crowded, due mostly to the combination of being free and offering the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, a favorite over the past 20+ years (some of you may remember the tea dances at the SF Press Club on Post that went out of existence 10 years ago).

Only those who can get to the museum close to 6:00 p.m. will find a chair to sit in, which includes me. There aren't many chairs in front of the dance area facing the orchestra (some are on the side), if it is like the last two years.

I will be wearing a white coat, button down Brooks Bros blue shirt, and bow tie in keeping with the theme of the evening' If I need to take off my coat I will be wearing maroon suspenders.

I will go into the café at the break, most likely leaving my coat on my chair. For those who are able to find me I will hand out stickers showing a large M to help Meetuppers recognize one another. But no doubt some will give the event one star 'cause they couldn't find any other members.

But even if we fail to connect, it is worth attending for the great old tunes.

Don Neely, vocalist Carla Normand, and the ten-piece Royal Society Jazz Orches-tra of San Francisco are renowned for authentically performing the exciting sound of big-band swing, hot syncopated 1920s jazz, 1930s & 1940s swing, blues, Dixieland, vintage jazz, and traditional jazz. They do it all, from romantic background music to the hottest dance band rhythms.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was so fun!! Actually got there in time for dance lessons, which was good, because I needed them! :-). It wasn't too crowded either, these Friday nights at the De Young are very popular events. Thank you!!

    May 13, 2012

  • Faye

    Even though it was a big event and we weren't necessarily all together, it was a nice event. The music was good and the people in our group were interesting and friendly. Meeting in the cafe was a nice break and good chance to get know folks.

    May 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think the group was scattered all about, due to the size of the event, but it was fun meeting some of the members during the band's break.

    May 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Thanks Tom!

    May 12, 2012

  • tom m.

    Don't know how many attended but only about 12 found me. Very enjoyable evening, particularly the gathering in the café.

    May 12, 2012

  • tom m.

    The meetup, such as it is, occurs among the throng inside the Friday evening party. It really isn't a typical meetup (see update)

    May 10, 2012

  • tom m.

    No, just show up. If anyone wants to duck out to see the exhibits that's $11.

    April 29, 2012

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