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OST Dine and Dance proves a successful fundraiser

Proceeds to assist with November OST Day Celebration

RAYNE - The first-ever OST Dine and Dance was held Friday, Aug. 2, at the American Legion Home where patrons were treated to an enjoyable evening of dancing to a variety of musical entertainment.
Special thanks are extended to American Legion Post 77 and Greg Mouton/Louisiana Knights who donated half of the ticket sales to the Rayne OST Committee. The donation will benefit the upcoming 4th Annual OST Day in November.
Approximately 100 tickets were sold at the door as everyone enjoyed a variety of musical entertainment.
The American Legion Hall was basically turned into the former “OST NITE CLUB” for the evening, complete with a OST Nite Club sign outside of hall welcoming patrons. Large OST signs also decorated the band stand.
Historical pictures of OST NITE CLUB were placed at the entrance of the hall, along with Rayne’s “Official OST City” sign displayed inside. Rayne was designated the first OST City in the entire nation just prior to the first OST Day Celebration four years ago.
Jim Gaspard, who played in original OST NITE CLUB many moons ago, was a well-received guest performer during the evening joining the featured performance by Greg Mouton and the Louisiana Knights.
Other enjoyed musicians and performers were Milton Stutes, Seth Leonards and Ben Stringfellow.
Attendees enjoyed the musical entertainment, danced and were treated to a variety of other guest performers on stage.
Delicious food was also available from the Legion Hall kitchen.
A number of classic cars lined the Legion Home’s parking lot with the event helping to sensitize people to the historical and cultural importance of the OST Auto Highway (Highway U. S. 90) through Rayne and the rest of the country.
The OST Committee was very pleased with the turnout and appreciative of the community’s support shown to the event.
Dr. Eddie Palmer, chair of the OST Committee, stated, “People at this well attended event really got their money’s worth with excellent music by the band and such an exceptional line up of guests.”
Palmer continued, “We were treated to great music to satisfy many tastes. We’ve just got to figure out how to draw more attention to the excellent talents and musical skills of local musicians, such as those who played at the OST Benefit Friday night. Maybe future OST events can help spread the word.”
The historic downtown area of Rayne will be the setting the weekend of Saturday, Nov. 2, for the fourth annual official Old Spanish Trail Celebration in Rayne.
Come “pass a good time” at The Depot Square (corner of Highways 90 and 35) and the surrounding downtown areas where history will be celebrated, events will be enjoyed and displays will be observed.

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