Friends of Dreamland Starts its First Fundraising Campaign “Pave The Way!"
Posted on: January 21, 2010
"January 20, 2010 Little Rock, AR ‚ The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, the non-profit group dedicated to the restoration of the historic Dreamland Ballroom is excited to announce their first fundraising campaign - Pave the Way.
They will be selling custom engraved bricks that will be placed at the entrance of the ballroom. They have two sizes available; a 4x8 inch brick that holds 65 characters and an 8x8 that holds 120 characters. A $100 donation gets the smaller brick and the larger can be had for a donation of $250.
Kerry McCoy, President of the Friends of Dreamland says, ‚“We think the ‚Pave the Way‚ campaign is a great way to get the local community involved in this great project. We would love to see the names of people that have a connection to the history of this building lining the sidewalk up to the front door.
More about the Friends of Dreamland
The Friends of Dreamland is a newly formed non-profit group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the historic landmark, Taborian Hall and its famous Dreamland Ballroom located at 800 West Ninth Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Concurrent goals include the collection, conservation, and celebration of Taborian's unique history relating to Arkansas‚ African American heritage.
Friends of Dreamland incorporated in the State of Arkansas July 31, 2009. We plan to do most of our fundraising in 2010, and begin renovations 2011, our projected Grand Opening 2012.
For information: http://www.dreamlandballroom.com
Want to Know Where Cab Callaway Played in Little Rock?
Posted on: February 3, 2010
"Come hear more at Barnes and Noble on Sunday, February 14th 2010 February 3, 2010
Little Rock, AR ‚ The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, the non-profit group dedicated to the restoration of the historic Dreamland Ballroom is telling their story at the Barnes and Noble on Financial Center Parkway on Valentine‚s Day, Sunday, February 14, 2010, from 1-5 pm. There will be period music, reading by local author Berna Love from her soon to be released book about the historic Dreamland Ballroom, and some original story telling by local history buffs. Kerry McCoy, Chairman of the Friends of Dreamland says, ‚“Barnes and Noble is gracious enough to let us come out and tell the story of the Dreamland Ballroom and 10% of all purchases made by folks who mention the Dreamland Ballroom at checkout will go to the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom‚s restoration project. More about the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom- The Friends of Dreamland is a newly formed non-profit group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the historic landmark, Taborian Hall and its famous Dreamland Ballroom located at 800 West Ninth Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Concurrent goals include the collection, conservation, and celebration of Taborian's unique history relating to Arkansas‚ African American heritage. Friends of Dreamland incorporated in the State of Arkansas July 31, 2009. We plan to do most of our fundraising in 2010, and begin renovations 2011, our projected Grand Opening 2012.
For information: http://www.dreamlandballroom.com
Arkansas‚ FlagandBanner.com has a presence at the Vancouver Olympics
Posted on: February 9, 2010
Little Rock, AR ‚ February 9, 2010 ‚ The Winter Olympics is bringing money to Arkansas. Arkansas‚ FlagandBanner.com in Little Rock provided 65 flag poles for use around several of the event‚s locations. Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas‚ FlagandBanner.com says‚ “My husband, Grady, worked with the Vancouver Olympic committee to buy the flagpoles. Look for them at the alpine course, the freestyle skiing course, and throughout the snowboarding events. The flagpoles Arkansas‚ FlagandBanner.com provided were custom made for the Olympics. The mounting brackets and other hardware were also custom made. Kerry McCoy says, ‚“It‚s always fun to see your products on TV and it‚s nice that we could make their short delivery time and custom specifications. There aren't a lot of companies with our expertise. Arkansas Flag and Banner was established in 1975. Its headquarters are in Little Rock, AR with 25 employees.
For more information about the many products Arkansas‚ FlagandBanner.com provides, log on to FlagandBanner.com, become a fan of FlagandBanner.com on Facebook, or call one of their experts at 1-800-445-0653.
Buying in to the Dream
Posted on: February 18, 2010
KARK4 did a nice piece on the Dreamland Ballroom's book fair last Sunday at Barnes and Noble. Here is the article and click on the link below to see the TV footage! A group of Arkansans, set on restoring an old performance hall to its former glory, got a big boost over the weekend. The Barnes and Noble on Financial Center donated 10% of its proceeds today to ""Friends of Dreamland Ballroom."" The Dreamland Ballroom was a premier venue in Little Rock for soul, R and B, and jazz musicians. This group wants to rehab it and preserve it as a place to hold events and performances. ""I've had offers to turn it into a restaurant, a school, apartments. But it just needs to stay what it is, an events center which is not necessarily a real prosperous business, it almost has to be a non-profit, says Kerry McCoy with Friends of Dreamland Ballroom. The group hopes to fund raise this year, start construction next year and re-open the venue in 2012.
AFB's Kerry McCoy interviewed on NPR
Posted on: February 22, 2010
FM 98.1 KUAR (NPR) interviewed Kerry about the flag poles we custom made for the Vancouver Olympics! Be sure to listen this week for the interview. The poles are in the back ground of the picture above. There were a total of 85 flag poles throughout the Olympic venues."
LR fundraiser among steps to revive historic ballroom
Posted on: March 1, 2010
By L. Lamor Williams, Arkansas Democrat Gazette LITTLE ROCK, A fundraiser for the Dreamland Ballroom didn't go so well Saturday, but that didn't dampen the spirit of a group working to raise $50,000 to restore the historic venue that‚s hosted such icons as Duke Ellington, Etta James, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald. ‚“I forgot about the Razorbacks game, Kerry McCoy said, laughing and slapping her forehead with her palm. ‚“We‚re going to swap out our PowerPoint presentation on Dreamland for the game. McCoy owns Arkansas Flag and Banner, which takes up the first two floors of 800 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock. She bought the historic building in 1992 and has been trying to restore the Dreamland Ballroom on the building‚s third and top floor. The ballroom was a social hub in segregated Little Rock when Ninth Street was home to a thriving black business district. Then, McCoy‚s building was known as Taborian Hall. McCoy said she‚d hoped to have the ballroom reopened by 2000 but realized that she‚d never be able to afford it on her own. Now, the nonprofit Friends of Dreamland board is working to raise money and restore the facility. She said the $50,000 is to install sturdy hardwood flooring so that fund raising events can be held in the space. Saturday‚s event was to feature paid tours of the historic venue, but only a handful of people stopped by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the tours were offered. ‚“The reason I love the Dreamland Ballroom is because it‚s the only building like it in Little Rock. I've had offers to turn it into apartments, a club, a school, but it really needs to stay an event center open to the public. There‚s been times when I thought ‚boy I wish I‚d gone ahead and turned it into apartments‚ because I know events centers aren't real profitable. But I've got a lot of energy, and I‚m willing to put all that energy into making it work. Ann McCoy, Kerry‚s mother-in-law said, while standing in the front hallway near the store, that the building has already come a long way. ‚“There used to be a big hole all the way through, she said, noting that a person could see from the third floor down to the first through the opening.
“My favorite thing now is the views from the big windows. You can see the Capitol building, Philander Smith [College], it just has a beautiful view. Today, the floor is covered with plywood panels, some not completely secured. The walls have peeling paint and exposed brick, and some of the 1930's-style architecture is still evident along the box seats and molding above the stage in the 8,000-square-foot space. Kerry McCoy said she mailed 1,000 invitations to the event and invited another 400 people via the online networking Web site Facebook. She said several people pledged donations but didn't attend. Information on how to donate or schedule a tour, and receive a history of the facility, is available at www.dreamlandballroom.org. Among the opportunities is purchasing a brick for $100 that will be engraved with the donor‚s name and used to pave the walkway to the ballroom. ‚“We just need 500 people to buy bricks, Kerry McCoy said. “But, hey, we‚ll take what we can get. There‚s not a single person that doesn't come up here and see the Dreamland and fall in love with it. And I hope we can get some really community-minded people behind it. I love to tour it. I never get tired of showing the Dreamland Ballroom to people. This article was published February 28, 2010 at 6:04 a.m. Arkansas, Pages 1 & 5 on 02/28/2010
Old ballroom to get new life
Posted on: March 4, 2010
By: Melissa Dunbar-Gates, Today's THV A famous old ballroom on top of the Arkansas Flag and Banner building in downtown Little Rock will soon be renovated. THV's Melissa Dunbar-Gates took a tour and spoke with building owner Kerry McCoy. A non-profit group has been established to revive the facility; but they have a long way to go. The room has incredible history. Can't you just see a packed house, a full dance floor, and hear the trumpets of Luis Armstrong blaring. This room has been all kinds of things. Originally built in the late 1800's, it served as an African American USO club in both world wars; according to building owner McCoy a black fraternity used it to house women and children here in the great depression. McCoy says, "I've had offers to turn it into a restaurant, turn it into apartments, to make a school out of it, but I've refused them all because I think it needs to stay exactly like it is be an event center for the community to use." According to McCoy the whole 9th Street corridor, where her building sits, used to be known as Little Rock's "Little Harlem." she said the street was lined with African America owned businesses on one side, and homes on the other side; and it is inside that old ballroom that African America entertainers came to play. McCoy says, "A lot of the entertainers would perform at Robinson hall for the white people then stay in the hotel right next door and come up here to the ballroom and jam all night long." McCoy says, "I don't want to do one single thing to it except make it safe and get an elevator up here. I want it to look exactly how it does." McCoy's non-profit group needs more than a million dollars for the renovation. For a price you can have your name put on one of the box seats above the stage, or can have your name put on the stage, or the balcony in the back; and be a part of bringing the music and dancing back to the dreamland ballroom. You can help make the Dreamland Ballroom renovation a reality by logging onto its website. There you can buy a brick for the new front sidewalk. Your name will be engraved in your brick. Click Here to see the Video!"
Drive-In Movies are Back in Little Rock
Posted on: May 5, 2010
Drive-In Movies are Back in Little Rock May 5, 2010 12:00 AM Kerry Kraus NaturalStateBlogger@gmail.com http://www.visitmyarkansas.com/kerry-kraus/default.aspx?id=573 How long has it been since you‚ve been to a drive-in movie? For some people, the question is, have you ever been to a drive-in movie? Experience the nostalgia of the drive-in movie while helping a good cause this Saturday as the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom hosts the first of six showings.
The May 8 showing of Charade begins at sundown, approximately 8:30 p.m. The 1963 romantic thriller stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Concessions selling hot dogs, soft drinks, bottled water, Yarnell's ice cream and Diamond Bear Brewery beer are on-site. The screenings are projected on the back of the historic Arkansas Flag and Banner building, also known as Taborian Hall, with the audio broadcast through your car radio, courtesy of AV Arkansas. Viewers should find their spot in the rear parking lot behind Arkansas Flag and Banner. The subsequent movies are going to be shown every second and fourth Saturday from May through September. According to Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, the movies to be shown cover a broad spectrum in hopes of having something for everyone. Taborian Hall is one of Little Rock‚s most important historic structures. During its heyday, the ballroom played host to Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Arkansas-native Al Hibbler, Nat King Cole and his Trio, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie, and Arkansas‚s-own Louis Jordan. Admission is $20 per car or $5 for walk-ups, who should bring their own lawn chairs. Arkansas Flag and Banner is located at 800 West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. More information on the ongoing work on the ballroom, visit www.dreamlandballroom.org. Proceeds from the movie series go toward restoration of the ballroom. Other scheduled showings are: May 22: Reefer Madness/Sex Madness (1936/1938 ‚ two exploitation films) June 12: Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero‚s 1968 cult favorite) June 26: The Outlaw (1943 Howard Hughes-directed film starring Jane Russell) July 10: The Little Princess (1939 classic starring Shirley Temple) July 24: The Fast and The Furious (1955 starring John Ireland)
Prom Pictures at Dreamland Ballroom
Posted on: May 10, 2010
Another perk of buying a brick for the Dreamland Ballroom is you have access to the Dreamland for photo shoots! Take your prom pictures, wedding pictures, fashion show photo shoots, theater and arts photos, and so much more. Unfortunately we can not do car shows in the dreamland, but you could try and drive a motorcycle up there (We want pics of that!!!)
Here are some recent shots of Chase Reid and his girlfriend, Sara Eldred for prom. Chase is a junior at Parkview High School and Sara is a senior at North Little Rock High School. These photos were taken April 23, 2010 the same day as the prom. So buy a brick today and support the Dreamland Ballroom! We want you to enjoy it as much as we do. Help us bring the party back!
To book your photo shoot please call 1-501-255-5700. Buy a brick here.
A Night of Blues with the Unseen Eye
Posted on: May 13, 2010
Little Rock, AR-May 11th, 2010- Want to hear some blues from local musicians and an old timer that actually played the Dreamland Ballroom? The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom (a non-profit working to restore the ballroom at the top of Taborian Hall) presents ‚“A Night of Blues on Thursday, May 13 in Doc‚s Pool Hall at 800 W Ninth St. (Arkansas Flag and Banner building). The featured performers include: blues singer Gil Franklin; the Unseen Eye, with band members Chad Carter, Jobe Kara, and “Chicken"James Dorris, who performed in the Dreamland Ballroom during its glory days. “Not only will this event be fun," says Dreamland Chairman Kerry McCoy,“but we're also hoping that we can educate people about the musical significance that Dreamland once played in Little Rock's Jazz and Blues community. Doors open at 8 pm and bands will go on at 9 pm. It's $7 at the door (and maybe bring a little extra cash for the donation bar!). All proceeds will go toward the Dreamland Ballroom renovation efforts. Take a look at our Facebook Event For information: https://www.dreamlandballroom.org or Contact: email@example.com Phone: 501-255-5700
PAPER TRAILS: Retro fun rolling into Little Rock
Posted on: May 13, 2010
BY LINDA CAILLOUET - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Climate of the Flag Industry? Its HOT!
Posted on: July 1, 2010
Little Rock, AR July 1, 2010 The 4th of July marks the un-official end of the flag season and this one has been a great one. Arkansas Flag and Banner, based in Little Rock, has experienced the best flag season in a number of years.
AFB on Fox16 News
Posted on: July 7, 2010
Have you Noticed all the Flags at Half-Staff? New State Law Requires Flags to be lowered more often.
Posted on: July 21, 2010
Little Rock, AR ‚ July 16, 2010 ‚ As your driving around our wonderful state this summer you might have noticed how often the flags, both the US and Arkansas are at Half-Staff. A new law on the books requires that the Arkansas flag be lowered upon the death of a soldier killed in action.
Arkansas Code Annotated, Section 1-4-128, states The State of Arkansas shall honor and pay tribute to a member of the armed services who is killed in action by lowering all state flags located on public buildings to half-mast from the time notice of the death of a member of the armed services is received and for a period of three (3) days thereafter.
So with this new law and the existing Federal flag code, requiring the US flag be flown at half staff on the day of interment for a soldier killed in action, we are seeing both flags down much more often.
Kerry McCoy, President of Arkansas FlagandBanner.com, says, "Calls about the flag being at half staff is one of the questions we get the most. I really think it is wonderful that we now have a law that honors our fallen heroes, but it is hard for people to stay informed."
Because of this law, Arkansas‚ FlagandBanner.com now offers flag alerts for Arkansas to go along with their national flag alerts.
We have offered notifications for when to fly the US flag at half staff for years and it just made sense for us to now offer the state flag notifications for Arkansans that want to honor our fallen heroes‚ says Kerry McCoy.
You can sign up for either of Arkansas Flag and Banners Half Staff Flag Alerts here.
For information: https://www.flagandbanner.com or
Dreamland Ballroom Mentioned in the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette
Posted on: August 18, 2010
The AR Democrat Gazette mentioned us in the paper this morning. It can be found on the front page of the Arkansas section
PAPER TRAILS: By Linda Caillouet
LIVIN THE DREAM: Seems like a lifetime ago when, back in 1992, I wrote a feature on Kerry McCoy buying the historic Taborian Hall to house her business, Arkansas Flag and Banner.
She's since dreamed of completely restoring it, especially the third-floor Dreamland Ballroom. Renovation on the ballroom is set to begin Sept. 13. First on the list? Leveling and securing the ballroom's floor.
THANKS FOR SPREADING THE WORD!
RAZORROCK FINALIZES WEEK OF EVENTS LEADING TO RALLY, NIGHT OF ARKANSAS MUSIC
Posted on: September 7, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Little Rock) ‚ RazorRock, which debuted in 2009 as a Central Arkansas‚ weeklong football rally. RazorRock will return in 2010 the week of September 6th through the 11th in advance of the Razorback Football Team‚s first Little Rock game of the 2010 season.
And rather than just one week during football season, RazorRock is being repositioned to celebrate every time a University of Arkansas athletic team plays in Central Arkansas.
According to Greg Nabholz (Nabholz Properties), chairman of RazorRock, Our intention is to enhance the Razorback fan experience for the residents of and visitors to Central Arkansas, with hopes of enticing our guests to spend another night or two in the region.
RazorRock organizers are encouraging businesses, organizations and governmental entities to Paint Central Arkansas Razorback Red for the week. To that end, Metropolitan National Bank will change the lights on its tower from traditional blue to red and white for the week. The Big Dam Bridge will also be lit in Razorback colors.
In an effort to enhance visiting Razorback fans‚ Central Arkansas experience, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and North Little Rock Visitors Bureau are offering special packages to guests through links at RazorRockRally.com.
To benefit the Arkansas Alumni Association ‚ Capital Chapter, RazorRock Wristbands are being sold, granting wearers discounts to participating local merchants and restaurants.
RazorRock 2010 will feature 17 associated events, culminating in a pep rally in the Riverfest Amphitheatre, followed by a Night of Arkansas Music concert, presented by The Oxford American magazine.
The rally will feature the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Knighten, as well as the Cheerleaders and Pom Squad, coordinated by Jean Nail. Tusk III, the latest live Razorback mascot, will make his Little Rock debut, courtesy of Keith and Julie Stokes.
In addition to traditional favorites, the band will debut its new arrangement of Ring of Fire, a signature song of Arkansas‚ own Johnny Cash.
10 Horse Johnson, billed as the Ozarks-born/LA-bred/Little Rock-based country comedy band, will deliver the first live performance of their new single‚ Woo Pig Fever. The band‚s 25-minute, all-original, all-Arkansas set will transition from pep rally to The Oxford American Presents A Night of Arkansas Music.
Scheduled to perform at the concert are The Salty Dogs, Jim Mize and True Soul Revue.
Monday, 9.6.10 (Labor Day)
Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals (Season Finale)
RazorRock Foodie Festival
RazorRock Movie Night
Little Rock Touchdown Club
Arkansas Alumni Association ‚ Capital Chapter Reception
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
Arkansas Arts Foundation‚s RazorRock Spirits: A Night of Art and Soul
University of Arkansas College of Engineering Alumni Reception with Dean Saxena
University of Arkansas Walton College of Business Lunch & Learn: Coaching Your Business Team to Their Full Potential
Contact Rachel Burton (479.575.5425, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Partner sponsors include Argenta Downtown Council, Arkansas Flag and Banner, Career Sports & Entertainment, and Downtown Little Rock Partnership.
In addition to the Arkansas River Cities Sports Commission, producing partners include Argenta Downtown Council, Arkansas Alumni Association (Capital Chapter), Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Arkansas Travelers, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock Film Festival, Little Rock Touchdown Club, North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, North Little Rock Visitors Bureau, Oxford American, Razorback Foundation, Razorback Navy, University of Arkansas, and War Memorial Stadium.
For more information, visit www.RazorRockRally.com.
The Governor's Mansion Host Dancing into Dreamland Gala this Thursday
Posted on: November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
The governor's mansion will host Dancing into Dreamland, a Gala Event Dance Contest presented by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust, November 18, from 6-9 pm, tickets $75, followed by the After Party at the Capital Hotel Ballroom, 9 pm - 12 am, and tickets are $40. Proceeds from this event will go to the music education and cultural outreach programs of the Dreamland Ballroom.
The event will be emceed by Lawrence Hamilton with special guest Mercedes Ellington. The event, Dancing into Dreamland, is a dance contest of 8 dance teams, listed below, performing all styles of dance.
Dance Dynamics Junior Duo - Ashton Jones and Marina Redlich
Kerry McCoy, founder of Friends of Dreamland Ballroom said, It is somewhat of a mix between, Dancing with the Stars‚ and So you think you can dance? The Grand Prize is a trip for four to New Orleans.
There will be a silent auction, food, cocktails, text voting, open dancing, and a performance by Lawrence Hamilton and Mercedes Ellington. Dress is party attire.
The following companies are sponsors of this Event - Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Capital Hotel, Robbi Davis Agency, Oxford American Magazine, MainStream Technologies, and Ken Rash Casual Furniture.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the event visit www.dreamlandballroom.org and click on events.
Rex Nelson's Southern Fried Blog Story
Posted on: December 8, 2010
The Dreamland Ballroom
Historic preservation is rarely quick or easy.
Dancing into Dreamland photos in Sync Weekly
Posted on: December 8, 2010
"Sync came out for Dancing into Dreamland at the Governor's mansion and took some nice pictures of folks at the event - Sync Weekly Photos Thanks Lauren Clark of Sync!"
A DREAMY NIGHT Dance teams step up Competitors, celebrity judges aid Friends of Dreamland Ballroom
Posted on: December 8, 2010
From Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Sunday, November 28, 2010
AR Flag & Banner Christmas 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010
Check out our 2010 Christmas commercial that will be running on KATV.
2010 Christmas Commercial - KATV Channel 7
Posted on: December 8, 2010
Check out our new 2010 Christmas commercial that will be running on KATV the next couple weeks - 2010 Christmas Commercial