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Your time: Bye Bye Ballroom, Northampton Center for the Arts

  • Jaime Olander of Northampton, left, Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, center, and Rosie Perera of Northampton share conversation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Olander and Flynn were married in the space years before.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Jaime Olander of Northampton, left, Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, center, and Rosie Perera of Northampton share conversation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Olander and Flynn were married in the space years before.

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  • Dave and Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown share a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Dave and Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown share a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Executive Director Penny Burke shares a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Executive Director Penny Burke shares a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cocktails were served during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Cocktails were served during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Iris Berkman of Amherst performs in an artistic dance presentation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Iris Berkman of Amherst performs in an artistic dance presentation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Elisabeth Depergola<br/><br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Elisabeth Depergola


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  • Tony Facchetti of Savoy, left, shares a dance with Tracy Routhier of Northampton during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Tony Facchetti of Savoy, left, shares a dance with Tracy Routhier of Northampton during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fancy appetizers were served during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Fancy appetizers were served during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sharon Alworth of Florence, left, shares a cheerful dance with Lynne Cowles of Southwick during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Sharon Alworth of Florence, left, shares a cheerful dance with Lynne Cowles of Southwick during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Couples dance at Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Couples dance at Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jaime Olander of Northampton, left, Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, center, and Rosie Perera of Northampton share conversation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Olander and Flynn were married in the space years before.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Jaime Olander of Northampton, left, Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, center, and Rosie Perera of Northampton share conversation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Olander and Flynn were married in the space years before.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dave and Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown share a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Dave and Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown share a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jaime Olander of Northampton, left, Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, center, and Rosie Perera of Northampton share conversation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Olander and Flynn were married in the space years before.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Dave and Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown share a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Executive Director Penny Burke shares a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Cocktails were served during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Iris Berkman of Amherst performs in an artistic dance presentation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Elisabeth Depergola<br/><br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Tony Facchetti of Savoy, left, shares a dance with Tracy Routhier of Northampton during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Fancy appetizers were served during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Sharon Alworth of Florence, left, shares a cheerful dance with Lynne Cowles of Southwick during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Couples dance at Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Jaime Olander of Northampton, left, Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, center, and Rosie Perera of Northampton share conversation during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Olander and Flynn were married in the space years before.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Dave and Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown share a dance during Bye Bye Ballroom - the final dance held at the ballroom in the Northampton Center of Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The ball was held to bid a festive farewell to the ballroom before its doors close in the spring of 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

The mood was bittersweet at Bye Bye Ballroom, the farewell dance held last Saturday at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

The crowds came out to mark the end of an era and to enjoy appetizers, cocktails, socializing, and — of course — dancing. The event kicked off with live music by the O-Tones and modern dance performances.

For nearly 30 years, the center has brought people together in a celebration of the arts. With the lease for the space that houses the center set to expire in July, Saturday’s event was the last dance before the ballroom closes its doors. Guests danced and shared their memories of the grand space late into the evening.

“I used to come here every week for years,” Shelly Gottsegen of Belchertown said.

“Jaime and I got married here so we’re celebrating our marriage and celebrating the arts for Northampton,” said Kelsey Flynn of Northampton, who was there with Jaime Olander. “This place has meant a lot to us over the years.”

The ball began with a speech by Penny Burke, the center’s director, about its future. “We are certainly going to continue the mission in an unknown home,” she said. “Bye Bye Ballroom is sad for me but I’m overwhelmed with everyone who is here tonight.”

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