September 24, 2023

Barn Dance is Back on Oct. 21

The Yolo Crisis Nursery Barn Dance is back! This one-of-a-kind event will go from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Central Park Pavilion in Davis. The Barn Dance will be hosted by the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Nugget Markets, continuing their long history of local philanthropy, is our premier sponsor.

Come and dance the night away to one of the hottest modern country cover bands — MoonShine Crazy — performing live! MoonShine Crazy is the 2019 and 2020 Sacramento Music Award-winning “Best Cover Band” and voted Auburn’s Best of the Best Band in 2022.

The band comprises four members: Jessica Spaid, Mark Coudriet, Ritch Shefke and Dave Shafer. With top-notch vocal talent, tight harmonies, and excellent musicianship, MoonShine Crazy entertains crowds all over Northern California, covering Country Hits, Top 40 and rock classics.

They have shared the stage with legendary Nashville country music supergroup Lonestar and numerous recording artists, including Chris Lane, Tyler Rich and Canaan Smith. Be sure to get to the event early to participate in the free line dancing lessons.

When your boots need a break, test your skills at our Rattlin’ Rope Toss sponsored by Clark Pacific. Or buy a ticket and try your luck at our exciting raffle offering three cash prizes!

Longtime Yolo Crisis Nursery supporters Martha L. Bernauer, Kim Eichorn, and Snow and Associates, all of Lyon Real Estate, have generously donated our raffle prizes. We are so fortunate to have the support of this wonderful group of colleagues from Lyon Real Estate.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The winning tickets for the $1500, $750, and $250 prizes will be drawn around 9 p.m. and you will need be present to win. Tickets can be purchased online as part of registration or in-person at the Barn Dance.

Come hungry or work up your appetite on the dance floor. Either way, Chandos Tacos food truck will tempt your taste buds with a delicious menu available for purchase. Beer, wine, and water will be available for purchase at our conveniently located watering holes.

Also available again is our Cookie Corral, generously sponsored by Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling. Grab a bag of delicious, freshly baked cookies to enjoy and share with friends!

“The Barn Dance is all about community. It is about bringing together friends for an evening of entertainment, dancing, and good old-fashioned fun to benefit the Nursery,” said Jennifer Thayer, president of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. “The entire board and our amazing staff are so appreciative of the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s efforts to build community and raise funds at this event and our Crab Feed in March and our Run for the Roses, Kentucky Derby Fundraiser in May.”

We are extremely grateful to have Nugget Markets returning as our Barn Dance sponsor. It is wonderful to partner with a local family-owned company with a long-standing tradition for giving back to their community. “Since 1926, Nugget Markets has been committed to supporting local non-profits and causes in our community,” said Kate Stille, Chief Impact Officer, Nugget Markets. “We are excited to be part of the Barn Dance, and more importantly, happy to support the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s mission to protect the most vulnerable children in our community. The value of the Nursery’s work in our community is immeasurable.”

Barn Dance Tickets are just $25. Tickets can be purchased now at Western attire is encouraged. Parking will be available at City Hall Lot at 23 Russell Boulevard. When making your Barn Dance plans please consider taking a taxi or using a rideshare service. We anticipate a sell-out crowd, so don’t delay. Get your tickets today! All proceeds go to the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children and families in turmoil. Our services are voluntary, and we do not turn away any children. Currently there are four Crisis Nurseries in the State of California. All crisis nurseries in the state utilize repurposed facilities to provide crisis intervention services.

Dreams really do come true. The Yolo Crisis Nursery is slated to break ground on a first-of-its-kind 8,800-square-foot home specifically designed with purpose of preventing child abuse and strengthening families on Thursday morning, Oct. 12. Please save the date to join us at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Every family the Yolo Crisis Nursery serves is different, but each one is in need of aid, having little or no support systems of their own. The Nursery keeps their young, vulnerable children safe and helps parents resolve their immediate crises.

The Nursery continues to work with and follow families for one year to ensure that they successfully transition out of crisis, the children remain safe, and the family stays whole. To donate or learn more, please visit

— Sharon Schauer is co-chair of the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. This article originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on September 24, 2023