Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall
The Dew Drop is the oldest Jazz Social Hall in America built in 1895. On May 5, 1885 a group of civic-minded African American residents of the village of Mandeville, led by the late Olivia Eunio, created the Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Association. The Hall is now operated by "Friends of the Dew Drop" a non-profit, 501c3 group created to preserve the hall and keep music alive for the future and provide music education to students.
Many who attend now attest to feeling spirits of former jazz greats who played in the building at the turn of the century and, with the large shutters thrown open and fans sitting on ancient church pew like wooden benches with a spirited jazz band crammed onto the small stage, it is easy to let oneself be transported in time back to the early years of America's most enduring cultural gift to the world - traditional New Orleans jazz.