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Schroeder Dance Hall going up on the auction block

By APRILL BRANDON
June 26, 2010 at 1:26 a.m.

The bar is a common meeting place at the historic Schroeder Hall in rural Goliad County. The hall will be sold at auction on July 9.

IF YOU GO

The Schroeder Hall Auction and Public Dance will be at 6 p.m. July 9 at the hall, 12156 Farm-to-Market Road 622 in Schroeder, in rural Goliad County.

Bidders who can't be there in person can make their bids by calling 1-405-354-7653 or go to www.EddieHaynesInc.com. For more information, go to www.SchroederDanceHall.com or send an e-mail to info@schroederdancehall.com.

It's a chance to own a piece of Texas history.

On July 9, Schroeder Dance Hall, the second oldest dance hall in Texas, will be going up on the auction block, owner Jack Kleinecke said.

Kleinecke and his wife, Sharon, have owned the venue for the past 10 years. After listing the dance hall through a realty firm in Austin in 2008 and getting little response, the two decided to try auctioning it off.

"We initially bought this place 10 years ago with two other couples but they all dropped out within the first three years and we've had to run this place by ourselves," Kleinecke said. "We just felt it was time for someone else to take over and take this place to the next level. And we want to spend more time with our family."

The auction is being coordinated by Eddie Haynes, Inc. of Oklahoma. The winning bidder will get not only the building and the five acres it sits on, but also the business, Kleinecke said. The dance hall has a hardwood dance floor, a 16-foot by 34-foot stage, capacity to seat 700 people, a kitchen facility and an outdoor stage and saloon. All the furniture and amenities are included in the sale.

There is a minimum bid set known only to the Kleineckes and the auctioneer that all potential bidders must meet or surpass.

While Kleinecke said he believes they have a good chance of selling the place through the auction, his biggest hope is that it goes to someone local who loves it as much as the Kleineckes do.

"There is so much local sentiment about Schroeder Hall. So many people have told us how they met their spouse here or got married here. There is so much history tied to this place and if we had our choice, it would be great if someone local would buy it," he said. "Our No. 1 challenge is to make sure this place gets in the hands of someone that helps maintain the integrity of it and has the hall's best interest at heart."

Although the auction will be a bittersweet moment for the Kleineckes, they are bound and determined to make it as fun as possible.

The public auction is going to be accompanied by a free public dance at the hall and a performance by Clay Crockett. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction will be interwoven throughout the night, Kleinecke said.

No matter who the new owners are, Schroeder Hall will continue to stay open and hold performances and dances through mid-August, he added.

For more information about the public auction, call 405-354-7653 or send an e-mail to info@schroederdancehall.com.

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