The Dew Drop Hall is a simple structure. It is raised on brick piers (common to protect from periodic floods in the era before better drainage and flood protection levees). It is a plain rectangular cypress wood building, without electricity or indoor plumbing. The front and back each have a doorway; the sides a row of windows. The windows have no glass nor screens, only simple wooden shutters that can be opened or closed.
The interior is a single-room, mostly an open floor for dancing, with plain benches along the sides of the walls. In the back is the typical old-style raised bandstand.
These photographs were taken 18 April, 2000. The event was a special concert
in honor of the re-opening of the dance hall as a protected historical landmark.
The band consisted of (from left to right) Barry Martyn, drums; Wendell Eugene,
trombone; Greg Stafford, trumpet; Dr. Micheal White, clarinet; Gerry Adams,
string bass; Bill Huntington, banjo.
The band played in the old style, almost all ensemble. There was no electronic amplification since of course none is needed. Microphones were present, but only to record the music. Electricity for lights and cameras for filming the event was run in with long extention cords. Folding chairs were set up in most of the interior since unlike in the old days more people sit and listen than dance to the music.
Notice intact details such as decorative painting, and pegs for the musicians to hang their hats.
City of Mandeville's Dew Drop Page
Jazzology sells a video of the fine performance pictured here, "Dance @ The Dew Drop", and a cd on the GHB label, BCD401.
Buddy Petit page
Froggy's Jazz Index Page