As the holidays approach we will have many opportunities to have fellowship with family and friends. How about bringing family and friends square dancing with you? They may have an enjoyable time watching and joining in on the fellowship of your square dance family.
Southern Oregon offers multiple dancing opportunities with a council dance November 30th, Charlie Brown Squares Birthday dance December 1st, and Star Promenaders New York New Year’s Eve Dance (celebrating New York time and get home early). The Rogue Sis Q Council is having a beginner Mainstream Pajamarama dance, that’s right come and dance in your best pajamas. What’s happening in your area? I have seen several dancing opportunities at multiple Oregon clubs, councils, and beyond. Search the OFN and the Federation Facebook sites and make plans to dance before, or after, that turkey, dressing, pies, cakes, and all those goodies.
The kids and I will be visiting Abernethy Grange November 24th to support a new cuer, Rikki Lobato, who will be working with an exciting, National caller, Hunter Keller, at Abernathy Grange. Anyone want to join me and work off that Thanksgiving Dinner and DESSERT? You have Friday to do you resting, shopping, and anything else after Thanksgiving Day and then Saturday go dancing.
Anyone having a Holiday dance or event I recommend sending flyers to your local OFN editor and get it posted to the Federation website and Facebook. Tim Roberts has done a great job posting information from councils and club, and while you’re sending that email to Tim, send one to Kathy Roberts to post on the Federation Facebook page.
Don’t forget to invite a new dancer when attending dances. I must say a personal invitation may encourage someone to attend the dance. It did for me this week.
We've had so many obituaries submitted recently, I decided to add a separate section just for them. You'll see that below.
I hope this holiday season brings you warmth and happiness.
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The Federation's next executive board meeting will be on January 27 at the Holiday Inn Express in Albany in association with Mid-Winter Festival.
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Oregon's Mid-Winter Festival 2019 will be held January 25, 26 and 27, 2019, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.
Start planning on attending the 2019 Summer Festival, to be held at the Blanchet School in Salem on July 19-21, 2019. This festival is sponsored by the entire Federation Board.
The 68th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 26-29, 2019.
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:
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We all hear the statements that square dancing is fun or that if people don’t have fun at a dance they won’t come back. But have we looked at what people might mean? Let’s take a look at “fun”.
What do you come to a square dance for? Is it the socialization, because of the caller or cuer, or just because it is your home club? Do you want just the squares or just the rounds or both? Do you want dances fast paced, slow or a mixture? Do you want to be able to add styling, fancy moves and other extras and are ok if others do the same or do you just want the moves kept pure and for everyone else to do the same?
Now, I challenge every dancer to walk into your OWN club as if you have never been there before. How are you and other people greeted? How many people greet you or talk to you without you having to go up to them first? Does everyone get asked to dance? Do your club members make an effort to make sure that visitors dance no matter if they are there as a couple, a family or a solo dancer? Does your club let visitors know how you handle break? Do you have a set break time, is it an open break, where is it located? If someone isn’t dancing that night, do you try to spend a little time with them talking? If you didn’t belong to this club, would you ever come back?
These are a lot of questions to consider, but let’s look at how to make a dance “fun” for everyone attending.
For everyone to have fun at a dance, it takes actual effort towards that goal from EVERYONE!!!!
Federation 1st Vice President
Marshall Doyle “Flip” Flippo 91, passed away November 4, 2018 at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri. Flip was born September 2, 1927 in Tuscola, Texas. He was the son of Roy and Gertrude Flippo. Preceded in death by his sisters, Helen June Moore and Onita Shelton.
Flip attended school in Wylie Texas, where he was class president and played football and baseball. After school, he joined the Navy during World War II where he served on the USS Piedmont, USS Lander and USS Dixie and played baseball for the them after the war was over.
After serving, he returned to Abilene in 1949 and married Neeca Lee Redus. They started taking square dance lessons in 1951 and he started calling dances in 1952. After vacationing at Kirkwood Lodge in 1959, he was hired in 1962 as Entertainment Director leading to a 40-year history at the lodge including being a part owner. In 1963 he and Neeca gave birth to their only son John. Flip would work 6 months at the lodge when it was open and spend the other 6 months touring the world calling square dances in the US, Japan and Germany.
He recorded for Blue Star and Chaparral as well as guest recordings for several other companies. He sold over a million square dance records, receiving gold records for “The Auctioneer” and “Every Street’s A Boulevard”. He has received just about every award there is in square dancing including the prestigious Milestone Award in 1981, Gold Card Life Membership in 2011 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Flip was also a founding member of CALLERLAB, the international Association of Square Dance Callers.
In 2000, Flip moved to Tucson, Arizona to be the resident caller at the Rincon West RV Park where he stayed until 2018. Then he moved back to Osage Beach to live with his son and his wife, John and Shelly.
Flip was an avid golfer and water skier and loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys play. Flip was world famous for his sense of humor and love for people. He is survived by his son, John and daughter in law, Shelly.
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene, Texas 79606. There will also be a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Elmwood Memorial Park, 5726 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas.
Shirley J. McNary passed away peacefully on November 2, 2018, at her home in Ione, Oregon. A funeral service will be held November 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Ione community Church in Ione, Oregon, with burial to follow at the High View Cemetery in Ione.
She was born In Walla Walla, Washington, on December 29, 1928, to George H. and Blanche L.
Parman Ransom. Shirley attended Tum-Alum Grade School and graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1948 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.
After graduation, she attended Kinman Business School in Spokane, Washington, where she met her husband of 68 years, Lloyd G. McNary. The married in Lewiston, Idaho, on December 3, 1949.
The couple lived in Milton-Freewater a number of years before moving to Ione, Oregon, in 1969 so they could farm Shirley’s grandparents’ homestead in the Gooseberry area. Her grandfather homesteaded in 1886 and Shirley’s mother was born at the homestead. In 1981, after retirement, they moved into Ione and lived there the rest of their lives.
Most of her life Shirley was a homemaker. She became interested in painting after the children were older. She belonged to many art organizations including Allied Arts and the Morrow County Arts Council, and she was juried into membership of the Oregon Water Color Society. Shirley was interviewed once by a newspaper and she said, “Anyone can learn how to paint.” She enjoyed many different facets of art including china painting.
Shirley and Lloyd enjoyed league bowling in Milton-Freewater and spent many years square dancing with the Grand Squares Club in Ione. Shirley was a life-long avid gardener and she was technology junkie. She enjoyed going to sporting events of her grandchildren and recently became a huge fan of the Portland Timbers.
Shirley is survived by her three children, daughter Marla McNary (Robert Bailey) of Portland, Oregon, son David McNary of Ione, Oregon, and daughter Gayle Gutierrez (Kim Gutierrez) of Heppner, Oregon; grandchildren Aaron Bailey, Megan Bailey, Jessica Gutierrez, Joshua Gutierrez, Wyatt McNary and Whitney McNary; and great-grandchildren Reese and Rachel Gutierrez, Elias, Astrid and Malin Bailey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd McNary, and her parents.
Donation may be made to the Oregon Humane Society, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97221.
Robert James Oswald, a member of the Hoedowners, passed away on October 14. His obituary is located here.
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December's Oregon Round of the Month is "Feel It Still", by Portugal the Man, Phase II+1 Two-Step (fishtail), choreographed by Scot and Erin Byars. This was chosen by the Emerald Empire Area Council. Download your cue sheet here.
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Roger Putzler and Christina Corelli will be calling and cueing a New Year's Eve dance. 8:30 will be Pre-Rounds with Christina. Then we'll dance mainstream with plus tips and rounds until 2019! Roger will call one tip into the new year. Wow! Can you believe it'll be 2019? Hard to believe! Any callers or cuers present New Year Eve will be asked if they'd like to call and/or cue. Sounds like a fun way to bring in 2019! Please join us as we celebrate each time zone's midnight into 2019! It's fun as Roger was raised in Chicago. We'll do New York, Chicago, Ontario, Oregon and then Eugene/Springfield. We party all night. The cost for this evening of FUN is back to the 80's! $2.50 per person! That's right! $2.50! Please bring a pie. We'll celebrate at midnight with more noise makers and sparkling cider.
Keep on dancing, calling and cueing for FUN
Secretary - CCCA
We are looking forward to our Christmas Dinner and Dance on December 14 half way through the month and always a fun affair as the hall is beautifully decorated all season long. Everyone gets together on this one and makes the hall look magical and festive..
Hope to see many of you out dancing with us, but if not, Mid-Winter is around the corner.
Kris Jensen, national caller from Albuquerque, called for us November 17. What a treat!
We are so blessed that we get to dance to her fine calling a number of times during the year. Kris and Kurt's mom lives in Eugene now. Kris called advanced, followed by our famous potluck and then mainstream and plus. 3:00 - 8:00 is a lot of dancing! Thanks Kris and Spin Cycle Squares. And, we had one fabulous silent auction. We couldn't believe the wonderful items! A great way to shop for Christmas too!
Remember that our hall is air conditioned and has a cushioned wood floor. Now, we are using the heat to stay comfortable!
Member-At-Large - Spin Cycle Squares
We along with Single Trees and Whirl-A-Ways are sponsoring lessons that are doing very well. We started out with about 25 and still have about 19 attending. Hopefully some of those will join the local clubs and help all of us grow into more viable clubs.
Let's all try attending and supporting our clubs and help this activity become stronger again.
Club Reporter, Caller, and Instructor
The November 3 Halloween Dance was a big success. Everyone enjoyed the Halloween decorations, and many dancers added to the mood with imaginative costumes. Thanksgiving will have come and gone by the time you read this, and we will be entering the Christmas season. We hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving and that your Christmas season is joyful and peace-filled.
By all means don’t miss the December 8 Christmas Dance and Silent Auction. Enjoy spirited dancing, good fellowship, a festive holiday atmosphere, and a lively silent auction. Bid on the many and varied items offered at the auction. With skilled and well-timed bidding, and some luck, you may take home treasures that will enhance your holiday decorations, enrich your holiday entertaining, and/or complete your holiday gift shopping.
Come dance with us on the first and second Saturdays at Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, and especially be sure to come to our upcoming special dances: December 8, Christmas Dance and Silent Auction; March 9, IWW Birthday Dance; April 13, Easter dance. Hope to see you across a square! Happy holidays! Dee and Bert Mackaman
Hope to see you all at our 70th Birthday Dance on Sunday, January 20, 2019. More details to follow. Marilyn York
We are not hosting New Year’s Eve this year, but our instructor, Ken Pratt along with David Vomocil, are hosting an outrageously fun evening. (Their description!)
Come and see us from 8 pm to midnight for a nice evening of dancing, camaraderie, and desserts to keep our energy up for the fun evening. We will be dancing at the Salem Square Dance Center, so plan on joining us.
We will hold a club meeting soon to discuss the upcoming season of dancing and see what is next for lessons and see how things are going for the instructors. Marilyn Schmit
We are looking forward to a switch for us in December. We have our regular dance on December 14 and our new dancers dance on December 29. On the 14, we will also be having a basket raffle. This was started by a challenge from one club member to the other members. Our new dancer dance is also our baked potato dinner so when you bring your students, bring them early and enjoy dinner as well. Our experienced clothing will also be 1/2 price at our new dancer dance. See our flyers for both of these dances.
Mom (Karyn Buchheit) has a definite place for the teen festival. It will be at Silverton High School, Silverton Oregon again! Dates are May 3 & 4, 2019. Mark your calendars and come watch the fun. There are lots of volunteer jobs so contact mom if you are interested in helping out. See you at a dance soon. Petrina Buchheit
Our new dancers dance will be Sunday, December 2 at the Salem Square Dance Center at 1:30. Look for our flyer.
We always try to have interesting themes for our dances and invite all to come and join us. Casual attire is always an option at our club. Sandy Harris
Willamette Squares was honored to have Bryce and Nancy Baker among us again. They received acknowledgement and a good share of hugs. Healing thoughts are being sent to Diane Wilke, who is recovering from heart surgery.
Willamette Squares will be having a Christmas Dance in December on their regularly scheduled dance night at the Salem Square dance Center. Their new Dancers Dance with be January 16, 2019, and on the fourth Saturday of January they will be dark due to the Mid Winter Festival that weekend. They continue to support the Independence Wagon Wheelers free Sunday night lessons at Salem Hospital. Willamette Squares are off to a good start for their 24th year. Jodee Howard via Steve Hoots
After losing four cuers in a quarter calendar year (Dorothy Lowder, Neva Reid Yvonne Clendenin and Cheryl Manley, we wonder how the dances will ever be the same. But, most of our council members like the squares better, and not much emphasis is put on the rounds. (Heck, our Ramblers club doesn’t even have rounds.) This differs from our surrounding councils, so they may be the ones feeling the pinch. Still, if our council needs additional cuers, be sure we will be looking to out of council cuers.
Speaking of Dorothy Lowder, she had quite the memorial Nov 4 at the Oak Grove Community Club. It was fortunate that such a large venue was chosen, as any smaller would have been cramped. There were mixed levels of rounds afterwards featuring music from her teaches and some of the dances she choreographed. She was not well known within our council (although she lived within our council); she taught mostly within the Evergreen Council, but would do gigs here when asked. She was known for her patience and teaching cues correctly, rather than the fast way, with simple styling emphasizing proper footwork and correct body positioning.
How did you like the elections? Our club lobbyist, Gerry Mander, has been sitting in Senator Phillip Buster’s office all day, hoping to see the senator for a state mandate about having square dances every night of the week, sort of like Henry Ford did in his company towns. But so far no luck.
Our New Dancer’s Jamboree will be Dec 12. Come join us for a B-51 dance. See our flyer in this magazine!
As a matter of fact, come visit us any Wednesday night. We have different callers and cuers each night (see our schedule in this magazine). In the words of our President, “We hire ‘em and fire ‘em so fast their heads spin!” -- Sort of like my petticoat I guess.
Flory (Florice) Flounce
We are also very thankful this year for a roof that doesn’t leak and a great turn out for our annual breakfast. The breakfast and bazaar was a big success this year, so our taxes and insurance are paid up! Thanks to all of you who came out and supported us. Next big project is the annual Barn Sale on April 12 and 13, 2019. Mark your calendars!
Come join us for our 5th Saturday dance on December 29th with Jim Hattrick calling and cueing. These all plus dances are a lot of fun, so come on out for a delightful evening on a cold winter’s night!
One of the indisputable axioms of life is that things change over time, and so it is with the Hoppers as we settle in to our new home. This year for the first time we will not be having a New Year’s Eve dance because our new hall is not available to us on that date. While that part of our normal December activities has changed, others remain the same. We will start the month on December 1st with a Christmas Toys Dance. Each year we have collected toys for the Children’s Center at the last dance in November and at the first dance in December. The Children’s Center is a non-profit organization that provides mental health care to children of low income families. Our second dance, December 15th, fits the season perfectly with an all singing call dance and holiday treats for the break. We will finish up the month with a visitation to the Country Cut-ups on December 29th. We always have fun when we visit that lively group.
This last year has been a year of transition for the Hoppers, but we are confident that we are now settled in to a new home and ready to make new memories and friends as we travel through the new year 2019. We’re wishing all our square dancing friends and families a joyous holiday season and a wonderful 2019.
On New Year’s Eve we will be taking you around the world in 80 days ( our theme) with Dan Norby and Julie Stiers. The evening will begin with a catered dinner by Chan’s Steakery at 8:00 PM followed by dancing until mid night. We hope you will join us.
Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season,
Carol Mendenhall and the River City Dancers
Our 10 students are making tremendous progress at our Wednesday lessons. They are looking forward to heading out to some new dancer jamborees. The Ramblers don’t sponsor a jamboree, but we encourage our students to attend those sponsored by other clubs.
All our monthly dances feature stupendous callers, but we have some real treats in store for you in the coming months—all at the Milwaukie Grange:
December 8: Diana Wedel, potluck at 6:30, alternating Mainstream and Plus from 7:30 to 9:30.
January 12: Stephen Cole, potluck at 6:30, alternating Mainstream and Plus from 7:30 to 9:30. This is our Black and White Dance, creative combinations of black and white are encouraged!
February 9: Anne Uebelacker. Dancing starts at 7:30.
Here are the rules you need to know for Ramblers dances:
Casual attire encouraged. Wear what makes you feel comfortable.
Solo dancers warmly welcomed.
No round dancing—only squares.
Ramblers dances are high energy. You will get your steps in!
We wish everyone happy holidays and hope to see you in a square!
Again & again, don't forget the "Game Basket" to benefit the next "Young at Heart" Dance. This dance will be next July. The precise date and place has yet to be decided. If you have any games or puzzles to donate to this basket, let Lorri or Lois know. All proceeds will go to the "Young at Heart" or Youth Dance. Lorri will have this basket at all the dances she attends, so you can purchase raffle tickets.
The Rogue Sis-Q Council has taken sponsorship of the "Pajamarama" on January 11, 2019. This will become an annual "New Dancer" dance. The Callers & Cuers sponsor "New Dancer" dances in December and February, so this should be an excellent fit and give the newbies one more arena to practice their newly learned skill. We are also thinking about sponsoring a few more "New Dancer" dances for the students. They need all the help they can get, as we all did at this stage of our learning.
The 5th Friday Council Dance will be on November 30th in Medford. Advanced is 630-730; pre-rounds 730 and MS/Plus 8-1030. The Caller is Lawrence Johnstone & Cuer is Rikki Lobato.
There are lots of "Holiday" dances and get-together's going on, so try to attend as many as possible and share the "Holiday Spirit" with all you meet.
The next Council meeting will be December 4, 2018 at Round Table Pizza in Poplar Square.
Lois & Lorri
December 1st is the Charlie Brown Squares 51st Birthday dance with the fabulous Michael Kellogg & MaryAnn Callahan!!! This is definitely one to come visit for - these are two of the best talents!!!! 6pm Advanced 730 Pre Rounds & 8-1030 MS/Plus tips & rounds. Dec 15th we will have Phil Ramey and Elaine Funk doing our Christmas Cookie Exchange dance. Will be lots of fun.
The Boatnik Committee is busy planning and looking forward to our 2019 Festival Memorial weekend with Joe Saltel & TJ (Bruce) Chadd - both are wonderful. Plan to come down!!
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season surrounded by friends and family!! We would love to see you in a square this year!!
Looking forward to the holidays, I feel a little guilty as I reflect on what has happened in our state this month. It hit home for me as my brother lost his home in the Camp fire. Please pray for all of the devastation and those who have been severely impacted by the fires and other tragedies in California.
Hope to see you soon
Dean & Sherrie Black
Monday Plus class is going great. There is still room for one more week of new dancers to the class. Come on out from 630-830 for the class to refresh or learn. We have a great time. Phil is a lot of fun.
The next "Game Night" will be January 18. What a lot of fun we have. Some Friday night when we have "Game Night" you should join us. It is a "Hoot." If you don't play Mexican Train, there is usually a game of cribbage going on, or, if there is some other game you would like to play, let us know. We are open to most any table game. The theme for the potluck in January will be "Mexican." That was the one that started the whole thing. Wow! What a great idea.
Wayne's Advanced class is from 6-730pm. The workshop is from 730-830 or so.
A lot of Stars when to Grants Pass to dance on Nov 3. There were enough of us present to retrieve a banner from the Charlie's. The November 17 Charlie Dance with Mike Sikorsky was well attended and, as usual, a lot of fun. Mike is always quite a showman and puts on a great dance.
Star thru, square thru,
See you in a Square
On October 20th Mix ‘N Mingle celebrated their 34th Anniversary with a full dance floor and lots of fun. The River City Dancers from the PAC and the TVC Hoedowners were both awarded banners for their participation. Randy Dibble and Jeanine Norden called and cued a spirited and fun dance.
Our next Council event is the New Years Eve Dance, held at the IOOF Hall, 267 E Main St. Hillsboro, OR 97123. This dance will feature Darrell Kalmbach calling with Randy Lewis cueing, mainstream with every third tip plus. The dance begins at 9PM and lasts until 12:15AM of January 1st 2019. There will be an open break with appetizers, finger foods, and desserts. Dance donation $8.00 at the door. The Eager Beavers and Sunset Promenaders are co-hosting.
Our Christmas dance on December 22nd will feature our own Jim Hattrick calling and cueing. What a great way to get ready for Santa. Jim's smooth and yet challenging way makes for a great time.
My granddaughter says one of the reasons she enjoys square dancing is that you can do it to almost any kind of music. It will be interesting to see what these two callers come up with this wintery season. Come join us. We dance plus from 7 to 8 and mainstream from 8 pm on. We have the reputation that everyone gets to dance so if you are a single, we welcome you.
If you are looking for a place to bring in the new year, look no farther that the Hazel Dell Grange. Jim Hattrick and Adam Christman will be there along with the CRDancers. Watch for more information on our website.
We had such a good time helping the Sunset Promenaders celebrate their anniversary to the great calling of Mike Stout and Darrell Kalmbach. A few of us also joined M & M's to celebrate their anniversary.
We had about 14 members at Seaside Sashay. Everyone had a good time. It was mostly sunny Saturday morning with a great turnout to dance on the turnaround which is always a highlight. The rain did come later in the day, but did not curb our enthusiasm.
We had a fun Halloween dance on October 29th, with some interesting costumes.
The Eager Beavers are co-hosting, along with Sunset Promenaders, the TVC New Year's Eve Dance. 9:00 pm to 12:15 pm. $8.00 each. Every third tip will be Plus. We will have an open break with appetizers, finger foods, and desserts. Darrell Kalmbach will be calling and Randy Lewis will be cueing.
Starting Monday February 4th at noon, we will be having Plus lessons. Our three great callers will be instructing again. Daryl Clendenin (1st & 5th Mondays), Darrell Kalmbach (2nd & 4th Mondays), and Jim Hattrick (3rd Mondays) See flyer on our website www.EagerBeavers.info. If you are already a Plus dancer, this is a great time to brush up on Plus .
Check out the OFN website: http://ofn.club for all club flyers and information regarding Mid-Winter.
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 callers keep us on our toes as each week, always seeming to have some new twist to keep our minds sharp. We dance from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton.
Also beginning in November, the Hayshakers will be dancing the 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month. Many considerations were taken into account: availability of the Pacific Grange, the importation of callers and cuers, contra dance nights in Astoria, Vancouver & Portland, and the ability to visit Wave-Stepper and R-Square-D dances on a regular basis. Mark Wheeler continues as our regular caller with Craig Abercrombie substituting from time to time.
The 18th annual Seaside Sashay held in conjunction with the Sunset Promenaders at the end of October was a great success. The Hayshakers would like to thank all the happy dancers who attended and those who helped behind the scenes. We’ll do it again next year!
Hoedowners decided to hold their first Pirate Dance on October 13th. No, not a dance celebrating the Pittsburgh Pirates but those swashbuckling denizens of the high seas who capture the imagination of young and old; Black Beard, Black Pearls, Jack Sparrow, and rides at Disneyland. I don’t believe it’s easy to produce an appropriate outfit looking in one’s closet so there have to be a number of sources for the tricorn hats, corsets, waist coats, sashes, jewelry, knee high boots, massive belts, daggers, swords and pistols that adorned the mutinous crowd. The ballroom was at its best with chest of booty, long lost skeletons and a rolling loop of pirate adventures on the screen. Everyone was encouraged or rounded up by the headstrong Captain Van Winkle and his first mate Colleen for photos in front of the pirate ship. And as always, the buccaneers retired to a table laden with hearty food, mead and gold doubloons, arrgh! (Photos on www.hoedowners.info, Picture Tab)
The “sea” theme for October was repeated for the Seaside Sashay, October 26th & 27th. Hoedowners always enjoy this festival and a group of 26 attended. The dancing was marvelous and the prizes generous. Who could ask for a better sunny October morning for dancing at the Turn-Around? The music and dancers attracted quite a crowd on the ground while folks watched from their room balconies. The Hoedowner dinner Saturday night was attended by 22 and although the rain came in for the evening, the post party lasted until 1 am. What a great weekend of dance and friendship.
What’s happening in December? It’s the holidays, silly so to kick the month off we’re having a Dancers in Toyland Dance on the 8th. Please donate a toy and if you’re in the mood dress up as an action figure, toy or doll.
On December 22nd we’re hosting a Sounds of Christmas Dance with all singing calls. Please join us and sing along.
Lindie put up the decorations her mother had made for us long years ago, along with more recent club banners. Her mother made pillows shaped like individual M'nMs and long ones to resemble packets of M'nMs.
Instead of filling jars with M&Ms for people to guess the total, she put little packets of different kinds of M&Ms into the jars to make figuring the number in each jar more difficult to calculate. Some people had it down to a science the original way. Nobody was allowed to win more than one prize.
The dance floor was festive with all the dancers. Hoedowners and River City Dancers each had enough club members to take home a banner for us to retrieve at a later date. We also welcomed dancers from the Tualatin Valley Council. Randy Dibble called mainstream for the event, and Jeanine Norden cued popular rounds.
The evening ended downstairs with ice cream and chocolate cake and more laughter and fellowship.
Please bring items for the Canned Food Dance to our December 15th dance (or before if you can't make it to that dance.)
December 14th is our Toy Dance when we collect toys for kid's Christmas. Craig Abercrombie calling all levels and Lonnie Sykes cueing holiday tunes. December 22nd we are dark. We hope you will be enjoying holiday festivities as we will. Merry Christmas to you all from R Square D.
R Square D dances at 106 NW 8th, Kelso/Longview WA. Our website www.r-square-d.info is a great way to keep track of our club and events or friend us on Facebook. Our caller is Craig Abercrombie and our cuer is Lonnie Sycks, 7-8 Plus and advanced rounds, 8-10 Mainstream with rounds
Our December Plus dances are on Thursdays, the 6th and 20th with Darrell Kalmbach and Ken Pratt calling and cueing.
All our dances start with Intermediate Rounds at 7:00 until 7:30, square dance with Rounds from 7:30 to 9:30 with a potluck break at the end. We are located in Hillsboro upstairs on Mains Street and Third Street (267 E. Main St.). We enjoy visits, please come visit us.
We had another successful Seaside Sashay Festival this year with about 200 dancers attending. We enjoyed the dancing and also the time visiting old and new friends. The shopping and eating in Seaside is very good and we walked our legs off doing that. There were about 80 prizes given and the split the pot was big both nights. The weather was quite good with sunshine and a light breeze until Saturday night when it did shower several times. As we drove home we noticed again that it is not that far to Seaside, and it is nice scenery along the way.
We start our square dance lessons in January and we are working to get our advertisements organized and hopefully get some new students. The last couple of years we have grown our membership and hope to continue that trend. If you or any of your friends want to take lessons in January on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 until 6:00 at our hall which is the Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall. There is good parking on the street or in the bank parking lot across the street.
If you have questions please call 503-848-3841 and we will try to answer them.
Tom & Janice Sminia
December 7th will be our "Old Fashion Christmas" dance, bring a can or 2 of food for the food bank. December 21st will be our "The Night Before Christmas" dance. Both dances will feature our great caller KC and (Linda) and our wonderful Bev and (Harlan) cueing.
Please come and dance with us, we love visitors.
On November 4th we held a terrific “New Dancer Jamboree” with eight squares! Thanks to everyone for your support! On the tenth we’ll have a “Grateful Harvest Pie Party” dance, but on our second dance night, the day after Thanksgiving, we’ll be dark to allow for more family time for everyone.
Our December dances begin on Saturday, the 8th, with our holiday dance, "Sounds of the Season" with Terry Halley and Sandra Pinion calling and cueing. Then on Friday December 28th we will feature music from the Big Band era and the Forties at our "Snowflake Ball". Our dances begin with rounds at 7:30 followed by plus at 7:45 until 8:00. We then dance mainstream until 10:00 with refreshments served after the dance.
In December we’ll have our club’s annual holiday dinner, this year at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Sherwood, again including our favorite white elephant gift exchange where some gifts seem to magically reappear from year to year. Also our Waltz and B-51 lessons will be suspended until January.
Our 4th Friday, November 23rd, dance is our annual Gospel Dance. Dan Nordbye will be guest calling and Julie Stiers will be cueing.
Our New Dancer Christmas Dance will be 4th Friday, December 28th at Mainstream level. Randy Dibble is the Caller and Julie Stiers is the Cuer. Bring a wrapped $5 gift.
The next 5th Saturday ‘A’ Dance is December 29th, called by Randy Dibble, to be held at Woodburn Estates Country Club.
Monthly Round Dance Workshops, led by Ken and Dianne Pratt coming…. Beginning in January prior to our Plus Dance on 2nd Friday, (January 11th) starting at 6:30 p.m. for about 45 minutes (stay tuned).
Beginning in January we have new cuers. Our 2nd Friday Plus Dance will be cued by Ken and Dianne Pratt and include some intermediate rounds. Our 4th Friday Mainstream Dance will be cued by Sherri Clark.
“Ugly Christmas Tie Dance” is on December 1st, wear your ugliest tie. We will be donating to the Aloha Grange's Christmas family and have a donation can available for any who wish to participate. Scott Zinser calling.
“Merry Christmas” dance with “all singing calls” is on December 15th with Renee Ruud calling/singing. Wear your Christmas best.
Valley Squares dance schedule is 1st and 3rd Saturday's at the Aloha Grange, 7 to 10 pm, Mainstream with Plus on the hour (approximately).
We had a great time dancing in the Veteran’s Day Parade here in Roseburg. We always enjoy celebrating those who have sacrificed for our country. We are lucky to have the Umpqua Area Council support this event each year.
We had a blast at our Harvest Dance in November. The club provided a turkey and we all brought side dishes to share. The best part of this dance is that we have a student level dance prior to the mainstream dance. This is often the first time the students get a chance to dance in a real dance setting. It is fun to see them on the dance floor having a great time.
Our craft bazaar is coming up soon. Check out our website for more information and let us know if you are interested in joining us and setting up a table. I hear we may have a jolly visitor joining us!
Remember that we love visitors and are only a short drive on I5! We hope to see you and your family in square this holiday season!