Party at the Pavilion

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 in Campus News and News

The hoppin’ spot for 1940s and ’50s campus dances—the dance pavilion, on the Hill’s western slope above Potter Lake—will once again host Jayhawk revelry. “KU Common Music: Party at the Pavilion,” the final event in conjunction with the 2013-’14 KU Common Book, The Worst Hard Time, on Friday evening will feature original music and Dust Bowl songs performed by prominent local bands MAW and Drakkar Sauna.

The party is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, with complimentary refreshments.

The Worst Hard Time is a searing portrait of Great Plains Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Author Timothy Egan, who visited campus in September, won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the book.

“Community celebrations play an important role in Tim Egan’s book,” says Sarah Crawford-Parker, director of the Office of First-Year Experience, which oversees the the KU Common Book program, “so what better way to celebrate the accomplishments over the academic year than a celebration featuring music from the period?”

The Potter dance pavilion was a gift of the Class of 1943.

—Chris Lazzarino

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