Richfield couple Peter and Michele Borne are on a mission to unite communities along the Mississippi River through music and education. But before they set sail, they first need to resurrect a once-sunken luxury houseboat into a world-class recording studio. With a whole lot of help from their friends, Peter and Michele will soon bring “Joyful Noise” to river towns from St. Paul to New Orleans, and all points in between. KFAI’s James Napoli report.
Photo: Peter Borne aboard Joyful Noise by James Napoli.
Support for MinneCulture on KFAI is made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
The most legendary venue in Minnesota history? It’s not First Avenue, nor is it anywhere near the Twin Cities.
Deep in the middle of the corn and soybean fields of rural Sibley County, behind a chain link fence topped with barbed-wire, sits a massive building complex that was once considered by some to be the polka capital of the world: The Gibbon Ballroom.
“Stay Young, Go Dancing” presents the colorful history of this now infamous Midwest venue, as told through the voices of the musicians, dancers, and local residents who loved it.
“Stay Young, Go Dancing” was produced by James Napoli. Edited by Melissa Olson. It is a production of KFAI’s MinneCulture In-Depth.
Photo Credit: Polka dancing during Polka Days at the Gibbon Ballroom in Gibbon, Minnesota, circa 1975. (Flip Schulke / U.S. National Archives)
Funding for MinneCulture is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Special thanks to Steve Seeboth, Greg Muellerleile, Jim Bartels, Joan Bullemer, Lori Nissel Lachner, Christine Drury, Dan Groebner, Rommie Petersen, Cory Becker, Dr. Edgar Taggatz, Jeff Gatton, Sue Scott, Darwin Buerkle, David Wiethoff, Lisa Blackstone, Greg Ecklund, Melissa Olson, Ryan Dawes, Jan Lundgren, Bernice Hanson, and Britta Greene.