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Dancing Through the Valley

In 2013, the City of Sequim celebrates its centennial by highlighting a different decade each month throughout the year. The month of May will be dedicated to the 1950's and the 118th Irrigation Festival will reflect that decade with the theme "Dancing Through the Valley".


Imagine Sequim in the 1950's. People worked hard, agriculture and dairy farms thrived, and at the end of the day there was entertainment in the form of black and white television shows and black and white movies featuring the elegance of stars such as Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in their formal attire. Sequim stood out as a pop of color against the black and white, with residents turning to dance as a favored form of entertainment and a way to get together with neighbors. A sense of community was fostered. There were dances held in many places throughout the valley, in barns (a popular barn dance was on Chicken Coop Road), in halls, and before homecoming dances there was the "Snake Dance" with people dancing their way through town. Dancing took many forms and styles from Jitterbug and the Lindyhop to the Stroll, the Rhumba, the Argentine Tango, the Mashed Potato and the Twist.


Ideas for implementing the theme in a logo include black and white, small town life int he 50's, dancing, elegance, 50's dance types, rock and roll, big bands, and a "pop" of color.