July is an excellent month to start promoting your fall square and round dance lessons. Be sure to add your current lesson’s flyer in the OFN by updating your club’s OFN Lessons section on the Federation website. In addition to advertising in the OFN, you can make use of Social Media. For example, you can put your flyer on your club’s Facebook page, on the Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dance Club’s Facebook page, on your local community bulletin board or even put an ad on Craig’s List. You can also contact your local newspaper and ask them to write a story about your club. Before contacting the editor, think about something that would be considered a human interest story that might intrigue a reporter such as having a multi-generational family dancing in your club, or if you have several youth in your club who are also involved in other extracurricular activities, or someone who has been dancing for over 50 years, or about a special demonstration dance you are planning or a dance for a charity that you may be planning. You can also go on-line with the local public radio or TV station to submit your flyer for consideration for posting on their bulletin boards. You might also consider posting your flyer in a local Community College while summer school is still in session or in coffee shops. If your hall is close to a residential area, trying printing your flyers 4 to a page and take them around to the houses in your area, placing them halfway under the door mat or in doors if you’d rather not knock on doors. The small size is less expensive and will still attract attention. However you decide to promote your lessons, good luck. I hope that all of you have a very successful class with enthusiastic students.
Hope you have a fun summer dancing – check out some of the dances in this issue and go out and make new friends.
Oregon's Summer Festival is in a sad place. At the time I'm writing this, three weeks out, fewer than 60 ribbons have been purchased for the 2018 Summer Festival in Grants Pass, and despite Herculean efforts by Lorrie McIntosh and her committee, it is likely that the Festival will end up losing money, money that the Rogue-Sis-Q Council can ill afford to pay.
Times have changed. We all know that. In the early 1980s, Summer Festivals routinely had more than 5,000 attendees, and dancers made their vacation plans around the festival. Today, it seems that Summer Festival (like most Federation activities) is viewed as a burden, rather than an adventure.
I see no clear path to reverse that. When a 3-day Festival generates less interest than a regular club dance, there is a real problem. Dancers today just aren't interested in going out of their way, and it's not clear there is anything a Festival could do to change that. Due to the lack of a bidder, the Federation itself will be sponsoring the 2019 Summer Festival. Unless someone has a radical idea that hasn't been tried before, it seems like 2019 may be the last Oregon Summer Festival. That's a shame, but there's no point in throwing a party if no one attends.
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The Federation's next executive board meeting will be on June 24 at the Summer Festival in Grants Pass.
Oregon's 2018 Summer Festival will be held at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass on June 22-24, 2018. You can download the weekend scheduled here, and download your registration form here.
Start planning for Mid-Winter Festival 2019, January 25, 26 and 27, 2019.
The 67th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 27-30, 2018.
USAWest 2018 will be held in Reno, Nevada, August 16-18, 2018.
All clubs in the Oregon Federation are required to maintain their status as non-profit corporations with the State of Oregon. The Secretary of State's office mails out a renewal notice about a month before your registration expires every year. The following clubs expire this month:
July 1 -- Blue Mountains Council
July 9 -- Rogue-Sis-Q Council
July 14 -- Beachcombers
July 18 -- Star Promenaders
July 23 -- Eager Beavers
July 23 -- Sagebrush Shufflers
July 24 -- Buzzin Bees
July 25 -- Umpqua Area Council
Download a complete list of the Federation club dances this month, all sorted by date and city.
Everything in the When & Where is extracted from the state directory information. If you find that your club information is wrong, you can fix that by going to the directory information area and fixing your data.
Education is important. It’s important for the dancer and important for the caller. The more I educate myself, the more I grow. In the northwest we are very blessed with many opportunities to grow. I am creating an ongoing list of opportunities for those interested in calling. These resources are wonderful for the person who hasn’t picked up a microphone yet to the experienced caller.
There are ways to reduce the cost of training:
Upcoming Caller Schools & Leadership Classes:
A wealth of information:
We have two associations here in the northwest who are a wealth of information. They are welcoming new members. Meet once a month for workshops, mentorship and networking. More about these groups in the next article.
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Opal Mae Steele was born to Otto and Alice (Cdady) Obermiller on September 5, 1923, in Loup City, Nebraska. She passed away of Congestive Heart Failure in Salmon, Idaho, on June 19, 2018.
Opal married Clyde A. Steele, they had four children: Shirley Ann, Clyde Jr., James O. (Jim), and Linda Kay.
Opal retired from the commercial/professional garment sewing business in the Portland, Oregon area, working with Pendleton and White Stag Companies.
She and Clyde (he was a square dance caller from 1959-1990) loved to square dance, and they danced from 1950-2003. Opal & Clyde started The Tandem Teens, a teen precision exhibition square dance group of 40 teenagers, traveling and performing all over the Northwest from 1963 -1978. Her son, Jim Steele, was the choreographer of the routines performed.
She enjoyed traveling with their RV between Quartzsite, AZ and Salmon, ID as “snowbirds” with Clyde when he retired in 1980, she continued to travel until Clyde passed away in 2005. She then shared her home in Arizona for winter months with her daughter, Shirley and summer/fall months they lived at Shirley’s home in Salmon, Idaho.
She is survived by her children Jim (Jan) Steele, and Shirley (Richard) Kempf; grand childre Chris Steele, Jacqie (Rich) Harding, Codi Steele, and Jimmy (Amanda) Steele; and two brothers, Raymond Obermiller and Harold Obermiller.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Otto & Alice (Caddy) Obermiller and the following siblings: Frank, Earl and Mary. Her husband Clyde, and her children: Clyde Jr., and Linda Kay. Her grandson, Chaddrick James (Jim & Jan Steele’s son) and her son-in-law, Richard Kempf.
Memorial Services will be held in Loup City, Nebraska at a later date in June.
You can download this list of callers and cuers who are available and ready to call or cue a dance for you.
July's Oregon Round of the Month is "57 Chevrolet", by Billile Jo Spears, Phase II Two-Step, choreographed by Carl and Carol Schappacher. This was chosen by the South Coast Council. Download your cue sheet here.
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Then our next scheduled dances are September 29 and December 29. We'll have to decide whether or not we'll actually have a dance December 29 since New Year's Eve is just a couple of days later. .
We are so sorry to lose one of our members, Kirby Goode on May 14, 2018. Kirby had been on hospice since November of 2016. Kirby loved calling and especially teaching. He called and taught for Danebo Circle 8 for many years. Kirby enjoyed going to Penticton, BC each August to call and meet old friends and make new ones. Kirby started square dancing and round dancing back in the 60's when you memorized the round dances. The caller would teach the round, and the dancers would buy the record with cue sheet at Light's Music in Springfield. The caller would put on the record and remind the dancers how it started and away they went. A memorial for Kirby was held at the hall June 9. Thoughts and prayers for Kirby's widow, Christina Corelli and families.
A huge Thank You from Christina to all of you who had Kirby on prayer lists and chains, sent e-mails, cards, came over, called, prayers, etc. It all makes a difference, and you all have made one! And thank you for checking up on me making sure I am okay. We are family!
Keep on dancing, calling and cueing for FUN
Secretary - CCCA
Some Single Trees showed up to help give the Emerald Square Dance Center a good cleaning the day after we danced our feet off. The hall always looks good after these clean up sessions. All the clubs were represented, but we must admit that the Whirl-A-Ways are far more represented. We thank everyone for their good efforts.
Single Trees decided to go dark for Memorial Day weekend so there was no second dance in May.
We will be dancing all summer with Jim Hattrick calling our second Friday dances July 13 and Aug. 10; we will be dark for Diamond Lake July 27. Terry Halley will be our caller Aug. 24. We hope to see some of you at our summer dances on your way to or from one of the many summer festivals around the Northwest and elsewhere.
Happy summer dancing!
Gaynor Hintz, interim club reporter
Kirby Goode was one of our members, and we miss him and keep Christina and families in our thoughts and prayers. We used to have our board meetings at Kirby's and Christina's home while Kirby was still able to come out to the family room. He enjoyed being with us for the meetings. When Kirby became bed ridden we had to have meetings elsewhere. Kirby is missed by us all.
Our club won the trophy at Hillsboro Hoedowners' Trophy Dance recently-visiting other clubs has benefits! We'll be planning our own Trophy dance for this fall since we'll be dark July and August.
We will participate in area events and plan a Camp-out near Vernonia in July and a Community Dance in August. Carmen
We are presently working hard on preparing for our summer demo season. We will be dancing at World Beat June 30, the Marion County Fair July 12, Bush Barn Art Fair July 21 & 22, Silverton Art Fair Aug. 18 and the Oregon State Fair on September 1.
Attendance has pretty much stayed consistent. We have anywhere from 10-15 at any of the three classes most Tuesdays. We will be scheduling our semi-annual summer meeting soon and planning for our lessons to start again in September. Come check us out if you'd like to find out what clogging is all about and want some great exercise. Georganne Pfnister
Golden Squares would like to invite you to dance with us this summer. We have an air conditioned hall and a great dance floor. We start our dances at 7 with pre-rounds, followed by mainstream with every third tip Plus or we just dance floor level. Randy Dibble is our caller and we have quest cuers. We dance at the Woodburn Estates & Golf community – 1776 Country Club Rd Woodburn, OR 97071. The 5th Monday in July will be Pie Night so please come join us for some exercise followed by pie!
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and hope to see you at a dance. Happy 4th of July, Teija
Our May 5 Kentucky Derby special dance was a blast. Don’t miss our upcoming special dances: July 14 Pie Dance; November 3 Halloween Dance; December 8 Christmas Dance; March 9 IWW Birthday Dance; April 13 Easter dance. Preparations are well underway for the annual IWW Picnic at Maud Williamson State Recreation Site on August 26. Fall lessons will be in Building D at the Salem Hospital. Come dance with us on the first and second Saturdays at Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall. Dee and Bert Mackaman
Our club goes dark for July and August, but there are many opportunities for dancing, such as the Pioneer Picnic Dance in Brownsville on June 16. Our mainstream lessons begin on September 16. See you in a square! Marilyn York
Cheryl’s last night at the club involved requests, photographs, an ice cream party and a parting gift of a Myrtlewood cutting board with a brass plate with the club name and date on it. We did a two hour session and just had fun. We wish them the best in their new adventures and Geof’s retirement.
June 7 is our first night with Stephanie and we will have two hours of Phase 2 floor time and easy Phase 3. We are hoping that lots of new faces show up and have a good time getting better at their moves and more comfortable on the dance floor. On the second and fourth Thursdays, Ken Pratt will continue on with the Phase 3-4 and 4+ nights of dancing and working on Slow Two Step for the summer. The hours for these sessions are 6:30-9:30.
We will celebrate our 42nd birthday on June 14, so we are hoping for a good attendance. The dance will have occurred by the time this goes to print. Happy Summer to one and all. Marilyn Schmit
We held our Graduation for new Mainstream dancers on June 13. Welcome to All.
Our first dance in June was a great one with six squares on the floor. Jay Henderson and Randy Dibble handled the calling duties. Thanks to all of the guests who came out.
There are five Fridays in June so that means a 5th Friday Plus Dance on June 29.
We have been invited to dance at the World Beat Festival at the Salem Riverfront Park on Saturday June 30 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. If you would like to join us, email Sheila at Sheilainsalem@hotmail.com to get put on the list. Leonard Snodgrass will call for us and we will be inviting the audience to join in. Square Dance attire is highly recommended.
There is also a Demo Dance at Lancaster Village Retirement Center on July 4 at 11:00 am. Contact Harriet Livingston for more details. See you all on the dance floor. Sheila Machado
We are planning to dance in the Homer Davenport Parade in Silverton in August again this year. See you at a dance soon. Petrina Buchheit
We enjoyed our May dance with a Veterans Day theme. Everyone in attendance received a pin of two American Flags crisscrossed over each other. Sandy Harris, our caller, chose a number of patriotic songs. With the decorations and attire of red, white and blue, they set the stage for the tribute to our veterans.
On a personal note, Vince and Babs Till have moved to Mt. Angel Towers. They enjoy keeping in touch and hearing from friends.
We invite everyone to come dancing with us. We enjoy everyone’s company and always have fun! Steve Hoots (for Jodee Howard)
We hope to see you at our council dance June 29, with Mark Wheeler calling and Molly Combs cueing. This will be at the Oak Grove Community Club (see flyer).
July 18, we will have our very successful Christmas in July Dance – the last chance to enjoy your Christmas favorites until next Christmas!
When we resume dancing in September, we anticipate experiencing the same activities that have become important to our club members: dining out once a month, angeling new students in the mainstream and plus levels, visiting other clubs and dancing together with all of our square dance friends. In the meantime, you can expect to see Hopper members in many places throughout the summer. Some of our members participate in the River City Riders and will be traveling to Kansas City Missouri to perform; others are planning to be at summer festivals throughout Oregon and Washington. We’re looking forward to seeing you in a square somewhere.
For the past month we have been trying out a new dance time schedule to see how members liked it and at our last meeting the new time for our dances was adopted. We will still be dancing every second and third Saturday at Milwaukie Community Center on 42nd and Jackson, .Only the dance times have changed. We are now dancing to this schedule:
7-7:30 plus with rounds
7:30- 9:30 Mainstream
Break at 9:30 and ending after break.
Our hall is air conditioned and we dance all summer. We love having company . Hope you will come dance with us.
Summer Festival is a memory now. All went well and everyone had a great time. The Bear Hun was especially well received by the kids and their parents. This gave everyone from out of town a tour of Grants Pass. Thank you, Blake.
The 5th Friday Council dance will be on June 29, in Grants Pass with Wayne Weaver calling and Elaine Funk cueing. This will be the last time Wayne will call a council dance before he retires, that is, unless we can catch him on the fly for a dance in the future.
Things are in place for the next "Fountain of Youth" dance on July 6, 2018. Dean Black, from Yreka, will be the caller. It will be at the Fruitdale Grange in Grants Pass from 530 to 8pm. If you bring a "non-dancer" or rather a "potential" new dancer, you will be admitted free.
Pease note: our meeting place has changed. Starting in August, we will be meeting at Round Table Pizza in Poplar Square.
PLEASE support the Council and the Clubs in the Rogue Valley. Everyone needs all the support they can get. Times are "skinny", so, please come out and help by supporting your local clubs. We don't want to lose any clubs because of non-support from the dancers.
The next council meeting will be August 7, 2018 at Round Table Pizza in Poplar Square at 430pm.
Lois & Lorri
Our January class graduated with 4 students and we look forward to having them continue and join our dance community!!
Please welcome them when they come to dance with you!
June 2nd we had special guest caller Terry Halley and cuer Steve Murphy. It was quite the "circus", and everyone had a great time. Charlie's were dark June 16th for GoldDiggers dance in Yreka. We are getting ready for Summer Festival here in Grants Pass. This is hosted by the Council, with all 4 clubs participating in the planning etc. We hope there will be lots of visitors dancing to some wonderful callers & cuers!!
Our next dance is going to be a biggie!!!! National caller Bronc Wise will visit and it's going to be a wonderful day/evening, with lots of events happening throughout the day!!!
230-4pm Bronc will do an Advanced Workshop. At 6pm, we will have Advanced dancing. At 730pm Rikki Lobato will cue Pre Rounds and then we will dance the night away from 8-1030!!! I know of several visitors coming, so let's fill up the hall!!!
We are dark in August; but there are lots of dances to attend during that time, so we will definitely stay busy! We will start class in September and look forward to a great turnout!! No club dances in September, due to Labor Day Weekend and Circle N Square's birthday!!
Lots of fun stuff happening, and look forward to seeing lots of smiling dancers at as many events as possible!!
We are going to be dark for the summer and will start back up in September with classes beginning on Monday, September 10th.
We will be having our birthday dance on the Saturday, 9-15-18. We will be celebrating 64 years.
In the meantime, we are dancing at the other clubs in our Council. The Stars Diamond Lake Festival is the end of July. We would also like the get out of the area and see what the rest of the Square Dance World looks like. There is always, Yreka, Klamath Falls, or Roseburg. The Gold Digger Dance was in Yreka on June 16, the Buckeroo Roundup was June 8&9 and the Potato Festival is in Klamath Falls the middle of October. The list goes on & on.
Our July 20 dance is "Potluck Birthday Party for the United States." The caller will be Phil Ramey and the cuer will be Elaine Funk. The potluck starts at 5:30. See the flyer for details. This dance is for any dancer who likes a good time and for the recent graduates (both September and January classes).
We are still working on the future for The Rogue Squares.
See you in a square!!!!!!!
Carl & Lois
This will be Wayne and Debbi Weaver's last Diamond Lake....sooo......come on out to show support and say au revoir after more than 50 years of telling us where to go...errrr...I mean calling.
There is a floorboard stating our thanks to them that will be available to be signed by all at the Star's July 12th meeting. If you cannot be at the meeting to sign the board, call me after July 1st to come out here to sign it: 541-592-2745, Mary... Thanks
There is also a Retirement Party scheduled for August 11th. Potluck at 5:30 followed by fun and dancing. There will be no admission fee requested. Come out and eat and dance and tell Wayne Adios.... I heard that there will be a Farewell Board to sign for Wayne that will stay at the hall. (The 12 above mentioned board will be installed this summer at Diamond Lake.)
Don't forget classes start the second Thursday in September. Warm up your Angel wings and bring a New Dancer to class.
Ladies to the center.......
The Hayshakers 66th Anniversary dance was held on May 18th in Warrenton with over 6 squares attending. According to Sylvia Davis, the old grange had not seen that many dancers in a long time and "it was wonderful!". Let's continue to promote and support all anniversary dances as they start again in September. The clubs have really appreciated the attendance dancers have shown.
Since the OFN is published mid month, you may still have time to plan on the 5th Saturday, June 30th TVC dance. It is a very special dance with a very different format, a Mainstream to Advance event at the Aloha Grange, Scott Zinser calling and Jeanine Norden cueing. The format is: 1 hour Mainstream & Level 2-3 Rounds w/Plus intro, followed by 1 hour Plus & Level 3-5 Rounds w/Advanced intro. This dance is co-hosted by the Valley Squares.
The next TVC event will be the annual Hahn Barn Dance on Sunday, August 12th. More details next month.
We had our first ever appreciation dinner thanks to a generous donation from Mary Johnson’s will. Fifty members came together for an excellent dinner at the Public House in Bethany on May 15th. Photographs and slides from years past showed members as they looked twenty or more years ago which can be a shock when you do not feel older. I wish I could thank every single person who had a hand in setting up the venue, finding and sorting all the excellent photographs and slides, sending out maps so we all came to the right place, creating an ice breaker, and giving everyone a chance to talk about the long history of the club and the people who helped create that history. Everyone agreed it was the best idea ever. Thanks to all who helped with the event, it was fabulous.
You might enjoy visiting the Washington County fair in Hillsboro July 26th - 28th. There is a parking fee but close to MAX station, and there is no entrance fee. See bigfairfun.com for schedules.
Our Plus students graduated with honors so welcome these new Plus dancers when they visit your club. Some of them are still a little nervous and so was I when I first ventured out into new clubs.
Even if you work on Mondays, you can join us once in a while; we dance every Monday, even on holidays except Christmas and New Years. Our three callers keep us on our toes as each week one seems to have some new twist to keep our minds sharp. "Plus Workshop" through June at noon to 1:00 and our regular dance is 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton.
Please check for up to date information at www.eagerbeavers.info or OFN website: http://ofn.club
The Seaside Sashay is coming up fast. The dance weekend will be October 26th and 27th. Everyone seems to have fun and we expect everyone to have a good time this year as well. Call if there are any questions, Sylvia 503-325-8109 or Joyce Clark 503-647-5742.
The May 17-20th was our annual beach trip. It luckily coincided with the Hayshakers Anniversary Dance so 17 of us were able to attend. We took home some prizes too! The beach trip was four days of fun activities, great food, games, visiting and laughter. What were the highlights? Let me see; photos as Inverted Seaside, “Who am I?” game, miniature golf, kite flying, the scavenger hunt, jigsaw puzzles, a wine tasting, beach combing for sand dollars, clamming, driftwood sculpture building, “Sing that Tune” and other silly games that tickled your memory and your funny bone.
On May 26th we held our Red, White and Blue Dance to honor those who gave their lives to protect our freedom and our veterans as well.
July looms and here’s what we’ll be doing; the 14th will be our Luau Dance. Can’t you smell the pikake already? And on the 28th of July we’ll hold our Root Beer Float Dance. Dances to help you enjoy the summer in the air conditioned Aloha Grange.
We wish to thank all the dancers who showed up to angel our classes. They have been truly angels, and we appreciate all that they do.
This term as president Lindie Noonan has thought of a way to make introductions more interesting and worth paying full attention to. At the beginning of the dance she will ask Randy two or three rapid fire questions. At break she will give some M 'n M history. How many of you know how many or the original members are still members? Those who know Lindie know that she will make it fun, as well as informative.
Remember our summer schedule through August changes to 2nd and 4th WEDNESDAYS. Same times: 7:00pm - 8:00 pm Plus and 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Mainstream with rounds. Summer dances are all casual.
July 11th- "Surf's up!" It'll be cool in our air conditioned hall, and sundaes for break...remember I promised ice cream for summer dances. Dances are casual so break out the Hawaiian attire for our Hawaiian dance July 25th. Darrell Kalmbach is our guest Caller and our dynamic Cuer Lonnie Sykes has a good repertoire of Hawaiian music. I hear root beer floats will be the after-dance treat.
Look for fall lessons on Monday nights in October after our big Octoberfest weekend 12th-14th at Rose Valley Grange, Kelso.
R Square D dances at the Kelso Senior Center, Kelso/Longview WA. For more information about us please visit our website at www.r-square-d.info or friend us on Facebook. Our caller is Craig Abercrombie and our cuer is Lonnie Sycks.
Plus dances on July 5th, and 19th with Darrell Kalmbach calling and Ken Pratt cueing. Come dance with Darrell and Ken, they always make it a fun and challenging dance.
For you Round Dancers, we are having a workshop on July 1st and 15th of Intermediate Round Dances with Ken and Dianne Pratt instructing.
It has been a busy time going to anniversary dances and we now we have a bunch of banners that are waiting to return to their home club, please come visit us we really enjoy visitors. Hillsboro is not that far away and we have plenty of parking on the street and across the street at the bank. Have a great summer, be safe, and come dance with us.
Our schedule for all dances is Intermediate Rounds at 7:00, Mainstream at 7:30 until 9:30 with a break time following. Our location is IOOF Hall (upstairs) at 267 E. Main St. in Hillsboro. 503-805-5867 for information.
Please check out our new website at www.sunsetpromenaders.com
Tom & Janice Sminia
May 26 was our mystery trip, hosted by our Big Toes Dan and Perrin. We caravanned to Champoeg State Park Visitor Center where we watched a short film on the creation of Government in Oregon. We then strolled thru the garden to a very old beautiful barn where K. C. called a couple of tips for us. Then traveled to Oregon City and met clubs from Sunset Promenaders and Valley Squares for a couple tips in the parking lot of City Hall. We then walked over to The Municipal Elevator and took a ride to view the city from above, very interesting. We continued on to our final destination where we had a pizza and salad dinner and danced to the calling of Dan Nordbye with Julie Stiers cueing at Oak Grove Community Center. A fun evening for all.
The June 1st 50's 60's sock hop dance was very fun with James Dean (Aka K.C. Curtis calling) and Betty Boop (Aka Bev Flint cueing). There was even an Elvis sighting or two, (cardboard of course).
Please come join us to celebrate the birthday of our very own Yankee Doodle Dandy (K.C. Curtis) with an Old Fashion Picnic Dance on July 6th. We will be serving hot dogs with all the fixin's and side dishes that go with it before the dance at 6:00.
July 20th is our regular dance for the month. Please come see us, it's always a treat to dance with all of you.
In June we planned a Mystery Trip, which as I write this hasn’t happened yet, so it’s still a mystery to me!
And in July we will be dark due to the heat, but we’ve scheduled visitations to some wonderfully air-conditioned clubs, Valley Squares on the 7th, and Bachelor ‘N Bachelorettes on the 18th. See you there!
We will be back to our regularly scheduled program of the second and fourth Wednesday’s being our dance night! We will not have a live band during the summer months.
Interested in Plus lessons? Lessons will start in October. For more information and to get on our club mailing list send an email to OregonSquareDance@gmail.com
On August 8th Tualatin Timber Squares will be hosting national caller, Mike Sikorsky and Oregon’s wonderful cuer, Judy Russell. Come join the fun!
We ended the month of May by joining dancers from Valley River, Sunset Promenaders, Toe Draggers, and Valley Squares meeting for a flash dance at the Oregon City City Hall parking lot. We then headed over to Oak Grove for pizza, salad, and cookies, followed by a lively dance called by Dan Nordbye, with guest tips by KC Curtis. Cueing was done by Julie Stiers, with Ken Pratt, Connie Clark and Bev Flint each taking turns for the Rounds. Before the four clubs joined forces, Valley Squares and Sunset Promenaders rode the Oregon City elevator and visited famous Oregon pioneer and civic leader, Dr. McLoughlin's home while Valley River and Toe Draggers danced in a real barn.
Valley Squares has added an hour of Mainstream Lessons before our Saturday dances, so join us at 6:00 to polish those skills or refresh the ones you recently learned. We are averaging a couple of squares of students and about that many for our Cinco de Mayo and Cowboy Roundup dances following the Saturday lessons.
The Club’s “Beach Dance” on Saturday, July 14th will have club caller Joe Wrabek and cuer Connie Clark. The “County Fair Dance”, which happens the last day of the Tillamook County Fair, Saturday, August 11th, will have caller Joe Wrabek and line dance instructor Gwen Kiel. The club’s anniversary dance Saturday, September 8th, will again be an “Elvis Dance,” with caller Mark Wheeler as Elvis, and cuer Connie Clark. And the last dance of the 2016 season, a “Fall Dance” Saturday, Oct. 8th will have club caller Joe Wrabek and line dancing with Gwen Kiel.
The club’s dances are on the second Saturday of the month, on the Dance Floor at Garibaldi City Hall, 107 Sixth St. (at Acacia) in downtown Garibaldi. Garibaldi is 9 miles north of Tillamook on US 101. The dances all start at 7 p.m.
The Wave Steppers’ free square dance classes continue on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tillamook Elks Lodge, 1907 Third St. in downtown Tillamook.
If you are coming from out of town, give us a call in case there are any last minute changes.
We hope to see many people join us at the Douglas County Fair in August as we dance the nights away under the stars!
Robin P. Faltersack