Dear friends, in my previous post I showed you pictures of the Shady Dell's barn, garage and dance hall. Most of the photos were taken between 2008 and the spring of 2012.
I made reference to recent events that brought tears to the eyes of Dell rats but was not at liberty to go into specifics.
Today, for the first time, I am able to reveal in plain English the reason for our upset and show you pictures of those same three buildings as they appeared a few weeks ago.
The Dell's new owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, inspected the aging structures, determined them to be in a dangerous state of disrepair and unsalvageable. From late September through early October the Dell barn, the garage
and the dance hall were all demolished. In remarks provided exclusively to Shady Dell Music & Memories, the new owner commented on the legendary Dell dance hall saying, "It was just not structurally sound. We had to take it down but the dance floor will remain." The owner went on to say that he
is building a garage where the dance hall once stood.
As I did in my previous post I ask that you click on the video below and let the mood music play in the background as you scroll down the page and look at the pictures in sequence. The song runs 1:53 so you won't need to scroll as rapidly as you did previously, but don't linger too long on any single picture or stop to enlarge any of them until you have first experienced the entire presentation from beginning to end as a "movie montage." You can do this by spending 3 seconds on each picture with a half second scroll in between. At that rate the song will come to an end just as you get to the last image. It might take a couple of tries before you get the timing perfect but I hope you will persist until you get it to work at least once so you will be able to feel the full impact as I did when I put it together.
This gentleman is the one who came up with the money to buy the Dell and we have no right to dictate what he can and can't do on the property. The new owner had his reasons for demolishing those old buildings. He has the safety of children and dogs to consider and he did what he thought was best. Those of us who insist that the buildings could have been saved through repair and restoration need to realize the tens of thousands of dollars that would have required. Who among us would have been able and willing to help him bear that tremendous expense?
Believe me, friends, the new owner has read my previous post and he will read this one. He is well aware of our love for the Dell and he understands how we feel. What's done
is done and there's no use ranting and raving about it.
At a time like this we need to remember our leader, a great, wise, even tempered, fair minded and peace loving man by the name of John Ettline. Ask yourself how John would have handled a situation like this. What would John have done? The answer should be obvious to you. Show respect. I urge you to give the Shady Dell's new First Family the respect, the space and the privacy they deserve. Thank you.
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity