By Ken Esten Cooke
True Texas dance halls are becoming more rare as time marches on, and the sale of Pat’s Hall means there will be one fewer of the iconic structures in the Lone Star state.
Steve Dean, director of the nonprofit Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., said owners have to adapt to changing times to survive.
Pat’s Hall was sold recently to Providence Hall, a small Christian school looking for room to expand.
The hall, with its exterior dance floor surrounding a huge oak tree, has been the site of many a good time for locals for generations.
Dean was disappointed to hear of the sale, but said he understands the challenges faced by today’s dance hall owners.
“It’s unfortunate, because Fredericksburg is such a lively, energetic town,” he said. “I wish we could have found an owner who would continue the dance hall.”