Yreka Chamber of Commerce's Victorian Era Dinner Dance

On November 19th, the Yreka Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual dinner dance at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. This year, the fun-filled event sported a throwback all the way to the Victorian era, and the attendees were encouraged to dress accordingly.

Other festive additions to this already remarkable winter evening included a stellar performance by Clint & Ila and their variety show where they entertained the audience with the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and more!

Many of the people who showed up ended up on the dance floor which was a quite remarkable scene since many of the people were indeed dressed up according to the era which included petty coats and many, many layers of fabric. Despite the emphasis on layers, lace and top hats, the people still managed to perform some of the 70’s disco moves during the 60s and 70s music hour.

The food was excellent and consisted of a balsamic vinaigrette salad, steamed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. There were red potatoes that had been sautéed in seasoned olive oil. The home-style chicken and roast beef were very tasty and there was even horseradish and bread rolls on the side.

Local businesses, including the new coffee shop on Miner Street, Zephyr’s Books & Coffee had donated cakes, cupcakes and cookies to the event which were auctioned off during the evening. Stidham won the auction of a delicious Pumpkin Spice Cheese Cake and 10 mouth-watering Crème Puffs! We feel it’s necessary to state that we definitely could have survived without those explosions in calories, but on the other hand, the heavenly flavors were so worth it!

The evening was topped off with a hunt for three Christmas pickles (ornaments) that had been hidden around the room. The lucky finders were each offered a gift card and we’re proud to announce that the second pickle was found by Stidham Trucking. (It was hidden behind the Christmas tree).

Lastly, all of us had to try our best at 1800s trivia! Each table was given a card to answer questions such as: “what would you expect at a Christmas table in the 1800s?” Naturally, we picked the option that contained ‘minced meat’. I’m not sure if we were correct or not. Other questions included the name of common children’s games during that era and what Mr. Scrooge’s actual first name was. (I think we got the last one, Ebenezer, right?)

All in all, it was a fun evening of dress-up, dancing and great food! Next year’s theme is the 50s! That’ll give us enough time to figure out our costumes for next year’s event.