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Old favorites and new friends

Golden Slipper Saloon attracts variety of faces
Sep 01, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Eleanor Denning (left), a 107-year old Navy Veteran made her return to the Golden Slipper Saloon to visit Julie Vantiger-Hicks (right) and the rest of the performers after meeting them last year.


By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

In a small building at the North Village of Old Threshers lies the Golden Slipper Saloon, a play of old songs, dancing and a little bit of flirting.

Dancers entertain their crowd every hour on the half hour, as opposed to the train and bank robbers who wreak havoc every hour on the hour.

Julie Vantiger-Hicks is a long-time saloon girl. She has been in charge of the festivities at the Golden Slipper at Old Threshers since the year 2000, but has been dancing since well before then.

“I’ve been dancing since 1992,” says Vantiger-Hicks, “which to me doesn’t seem like very long ago, but it is.”

The girls come down to the song “roll out the barrel” and begin with some kicking and chorus lines. The show has plenty of dancing and songs from the 1890s and 1920s, sung both as a group and in solo acts. At any time, spectators can buy garters, which are kept on the gentlemens’ arms and the ladies’ legs.

Vantiger-Hicks says she loves to see the familiar faces that come to see the dancers every year.

“It’s amazing because they’re not really local,” she says. “They come from far, far away.”

One new fan of the show, Eleanor Denning, has become a favorite of the performers. Denning is a 107-year old Navy veteran that showed up last year and started singing along with all the songs.

Denning, who did her Navy work in Washington D.C., bore a big smile as she chatted with spectators and performers alike after a show on Thursday afternoon. “God has been so good to me,” she said to her new friends.

After the show, Denning and Vantiger-Hicks began to sing some songs together. Denning says she never got to perform when she was younger but always wanted to.

The saloon continues to dazzle fans throughout Old Threshers season. And as long as you get past the gunfire from the thieves of the north, you can come sing along too.

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