Hello to Oregon from your new OFSRDC President.
I am looking forward to this year.
My goal for this year is to have all clubs, councils and experienced dancers recruit and support all of Oregon’s new dancers and Oregon’s youth dancers.
New dancers and youth are our future for without them our activity will eventually fade away due to lack of numbers. We need to bring them in to our lessons and clubs, help them learn, support them at lessons, new dancer dances, festivals and as recent graduates. We need to mentor them and help them to get out to visit other clubs and attend festivals-even if this means we have to take a little of our time and effort and reach out to them.
I challenge every experienced dancer to do their very best to bring a new student to lessons this year; to act as a mentor to a new dancer or a youth dancer; to offer to pick someone up and drive them to a lesson or a regular club dance or to a visitation. Encourage new dancers and youth to attend a festival, offer to meet up with them there and help them find their way around. Help fill out a square so that others can dance, don’t leave it up to someone else.
Please join me in supporting our new dancers and youth, they are our future and our lifeblood for without them our favorite activity will eventually fade away.
We have a jam-packed issue this month, with notes about lessons, updated on fall dancing, and columns from several of our newly installed Federation officers.
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State directories were handed out at the September state meeting, and of course, as soon as they are printed, there are corrections.
At September 8 state meeting Aurora, a new slate of officers was installed. Please thank the following people for their volunteer duties:
Oregon's Mid-Winter Festival 2020 will be held January 24, 25 and 26, 2020, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.
We hope you are planning to attend the 2020 Summer Festival, to be held at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside on August 21-23, 2020. This festival is sponsored by the Eager Beavers and the Hoedowners.
The 69th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in nearby Spokane, Washington, June 18-21, 2020. The 70th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Jackson, Mississippi, June 23-26, 2021.
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:
October 3 -- Elkhorn Swingers
October 4 -- Dancing Friends
October 23 -- Bachelor Beauts
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Howdy all. I am Thomas Buchheit and I am the 2019-2020 Youth Activities Coordinator. I realize that I may not be well know to everyone throughout the state, so I thought I would take this time to introduce myself and explain what my plans are as the Youth Coordinator for this year.
I started square dancing when I about 11 years old and have been dancing since. I will admit that when I started, I did not enjoy square dancing; in fact, it wasn't until I attended my first Mid-Winter Festival in 2010 that I started to like the activity. There were several reasons why I did not initially enjoy the activity, but that is for another article some other time. Since taking lessons, I have also taken round dance lessons and have learned how to call. My home club is with the Silver City Squares, where I have also been an active participant with the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival.
One goal that I would like to accomplish as the youth advisor is to go and visit the clubs in Oregon that have youth members. In order to make sure that I do not miss anybody, I ask the clubs with youth members that would like me to visit them to contact me. This way, I can personally visit and talk with the youth members, parents and guardians, or officers and try to answer any questions you may have.
Safety -- this is a 2-part article. This month is about personal safety as a dancer. Next month will be about safety in and around our dance halls.
We have a tendency to forget that square dancing, round dancing and clogging are social activities in which we have traditionally welcomed anyone and everyone to. At one time our "advertising" was "word of mouth", where a club member was inviting someone they knew to come learn to dance. We still do that, but now we also have advertising that goes out to the general public. We no longer have the assurance that each person coming in is previously well-know by someone in square dance, round dance or clogging world.
We have all experienced at some time a dancer who is too rough, won't listen or pay attention to a request to not twirl or who might make us feel uncomfortable. We don't have to put up with any of this. We also need to make sure that we are teaching our new dancers about what to do in situations that they might encounter.
The first step is to get rid of the idea that "we can't say anything -- they might not come back". If you don't deal with a problem dancer -- you will lose other dancers or new dancers.
The next step in any of these situations is to not be afraid to speak up. Let people know that if something is said, a situation will be dealt with. If your club doesn't already have someone designated who is willing and able to deal with problems -- get someone designated. It used to be the club sheriff who did this as a part of their duties, but it can be a club officer, the caller or cuer or any club member who is not afraid to let someone know that they are either not being considerate or even way over the line. Make sure that all of your club members know who is your club's designated person for dealing with problems.
Teach your club members and new dancers how to deal with a problem on the dance floor as it happens. Here are some possibilities for dealing with some things. There are others.
Moves or dancing:
As a dancer:
As a club
As a caller or cuer:
That was the stuff easy to deal with. Now comes the harder things -- someone does something dancing that makes you "uncomfortable".
As a dancer:
As a club:
Our goal should be to have dancing be fun and enjoyable for all in attendance.
Betty Hanna, 1932 - 2019
We've lost a beautiful, caring and sweet lady, Betty Hanna. Betty and her late husband, Ray, taught rounds for many year from beginners through advanced. They also taught couples in their home where they had a beautiful dance floor. Their round dance club was called River Bottom Rounders where a number of future cuers learned and danced. David Vomocil and Kathy Baumhardt, Christina Corelli and Kirby Goode and others learned and danced with them. Betty and Ray cued for Timber Twirlers square dance club and the Linn Wanderers. Ray and Betty wrote a Christmas dance called A Christmas Waltz and also an intermediate rumba titled Verida Tropicale. Their dancers became lifelong friends who adored them both. They, in turn, loved all of us. We were blessed and are saddened that they are both gone. We have wonderful memories to buoy us. So many round dancers remember them both with fondness and love.
Ray and Betty were charter members of Oregon Round Dance Teachers Association (ORDTA). Betty was their second secretary. Elaine Funk is the last remaining founding member of this organization. There are but a few charter members left.
Betty and Ray were on the round dance committee for the 1994 national convention in Portland. Steve and Ginger Weir and the Hannas worked on this committee. Steve and Ginger learned rounds at the Hanna's home and became fast friends enjoying vacationing together.
Betty and Ray enjoyed hosting potlucks for the River Bottom Rounders and their home and the homes of their dancers. There were a fun-loving couple, and we all remember them so fondly. Rest in peace Betty and Ray Hanna. Your influence and love carries on, and we thank you so much!
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The Central Oregon Council has chosen the October 2019 Oregon Round of the Month: "Do You Love Me", Phase II+1 Two Step (strolling vine), choreographed by Bob & Mary Townsend Manning, by the Contours. Download your cue sheet here.
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Keep on calling and cueing for fun,
We would love to have more advanced dancers come join us for a Sunday afternoon of fun dancing. We have quite ofen had two squares of dancers on the floor but on occasion we have been short one or two dancers. We have lots of experienced dancers to help fairly new people bring up their skills to b e able to dance at festivals and conventions where advanced is offered.
We dance at least twice a month, Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 in Hall B (backside of the building) at 2095 Yolanda Ave., Springfield OR. Please check our website at CAS-SD.yolasite.com or call (541) 741-4149 to make sure we are dancing. At times we have had to cancel our dances because not enough people were able to come.
Our second dance was called by Terry Halley and cued by Jackie Gale. We thank Terry for driving so far to call for us with his fine baritone voice. We heard about Bill Gale’s upcoming neck surgery and found out that he came through it all right. We hope he will be out of pain. This was the last dance of the year for us but it was good to host square dances for the many dancers whose clubs for dark for the summer.
We are looking forward to seeing how everyone responds to our new dance format starting in September. We will no longer have a formal sit down break but will dance straight through 7:30PM to 10:00PM with announcements and clean up at 10PM with a half an hour of plus followed by mainstream.
On the fourth Saturday in August the Boots N Sandals held their final dance with Lennie Ludiker calling. Some Single Trees were there to say good-bye to this fun club and remember the good old days dancing in their barn in Cottage Grove. They had a good ru n but losing their barn was a hard blow. Dancing at our hall in Springfield just wasn’t the same. We’ll miss you, Boots!
Keep on dancing and supporting one another,
We will be dark Sunday, November 24.
We dance almost every Sunday at the Emerald Dance Center in Springfield. 5:30 - 8:00. We dance all levels. Our caller, Tim Matteson, will adjust the levels according to who shows up to come and dance. It's always FUN, and we always have a lot of FOOD! We encourage all square dancers to join us! The floor is cushioned and comfortable! We even have heat and air conditioning!
Please call Tim at 541-988-0399 or David at 541-520-7311 to make sure we are dancing. We are dark once in a blue moon, but we'd hate to miss you.
Keep on dancing,
Our club started mainstream lessons on Sunday, September 15 at 6:30 PM at the IOOF Hall in Lebanon. Charlotte Jeskey is the instructor.
Our club will have a regular dance on October 5 and our annual Black Light dance on the 19th. We always love to have visitors. See you in a square!
On Sept. 5, the club had a party night with requests before we started our fall season of dancing on Sept. 12. We reverted to the schedule as follows: 6:30-7:15 p.m. is review of previously learned rhythms; 7:15-7:45 p.m. is floor time dancing; 7:45-8:30 p.m. is Rumba class and 8:30-9:30 p.m. is for the higher level dancers with 4+ and 5. There is something for everyone.
Our club is co-host for the Mid-Willamette Area council Fall Festival that is being held in Woodburn on September 29 from 1:30-4:30. Golden Squares are the other co-hosts. Ice cream will be served with pie or root beer. Come join us for some fun and good eats for a Sunday afternoon. Marilyn Schmit
Salem Swingin' Stars has had many great dances with dancers from all over the area in attendance. Our 5th Friday Plus Dance in August had five squares on the floor!
Mainstream lessons started on September 11 and will continue through mid January. There is also a Plus Workshop after the Mainstream lessons led by Randy Dibble.
Our Annual Corn 'n Cluck Dance on September 20 was another fantastic dance with great food and of course, that Crazy Chicken. October brings us two regular dances which will be tons of fun. See you all on the Dance Floor.
Thomas Buchheit of our club is now Oregon Federation Youth Advisor and Mom (Karyn Buchheit) is now State President. So our family is very busy with meetings.
Lessons started at the end of September for us as we are trying a later starting date to see if that works better in bringing in students. See you at a dance soon.
Oct 18 is our Cupcakes and Bling dance so wear your brightest and blingiest clothes and eat lots of great cupcakes. Hope to see you at one of our fun dances soon.
As far as lessons go, after much discussion, we decided we could be most effective by supporting Independence Wagon Wheelers in their efforts to provide square dance lessons at the Salem Hospital. We will make ourselves available as angels and promote the lessons as best we can. The lessons will take place on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. We hope by combining our efforts we can have a larger impact on those who want to learn to square dance.
On a personal note, Willamette Squares president, John Templin, will again be returning to Arizona for the winter months. Willamette Squares will carry on, but we will miss his presence with us.
Announcement: the PAC 5th-Friday dance on November 29th, has been cancelled - it’s a long Thanksgiving weekend…enjoy!
Please mark your calendar for these PAC 5th-FRIDAY dances in (the first half of 2020)…
January 31, 2020 - “New Dancer” dance
CALLER/CUER: Scott Zinser/Stephanie Lozano
May 29, 2020
CALLER/CUER: Girls Night Out (Sandy Harris, Jackie Gale & Cora Lynn Butz)
Did you attend the State Federation events of September 7th-8th at Maplewood Grange? PAC and other councils too, truly did serve a potluck worthy of a King (and Queen) on Saturday. Much praise was expressed for the good food - thanks to ALL who provided such a fine meal (the beginning to a good party) and the angels who worked hard to spic-n-span the kitchen and return the hall to as-found condition.
Eight+ squares attended the State dance, on Saturday, with Scott Zinser calling and Dave Cooper cueing - these two guys know how to throw a party! When the Federation Executive Board was introduced, both side benches, that run the length of the Grange, were filled with dancers and several were still standing - all our councils certainly gave our Federation Board a BIG welcome! In addition the Portland Area Council also had Board members and Delegates in attendance and PAC dancers were a big reason attendance was so great. Warm is a good feeling...thanks to every ONE who made this weekend such a huge success.
On Sunday, September 8th, the State Federation Board met and Incoming Officers were installed.
As PAC scurried about, with enthusiasm over the weekend, to see all our planning come together, we are met with the knowledge that hosting is only a small part of the big picture. We wish to express our gratitude to all the Federation for the work you do!! With PAC’s new-found knowledge, we will be ready, come 2022, to once again host the State Federation meetings.
See you in a square!
PAC Delegate to State
Effective immediately, our standard dance donation for members will drop to $5, and remain at $6 for non-members. The board feels this will give an encouragement for more of our regular visitors to become members. Pending members are always treated as regular members until they are voted on, so if they fill out an application form, they too will get in for $5.
Our Sept 15th inter-club picnic went well. Essentially, we rented the pavilion and the stage at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Frankly, it cost us a bundle but we had a barrel of fun! Other than dancing each week and a monthly visitation, the club does few activities, so this was something different for us. A little more than two squares turned out (mostly visitors), so we had a square in the pavilion and a square on the stage. We entertained several passers-by. We need to give a big thanks to Scott Zinser for donating his caller services to this event.
In spite of the cost of renting out this park, our club is financially well. By reducing our door donation to $5 we are among the lowest of requested donations from dancers.
What a way to open our dancing season - with a Trail’s End Dance (to the State meetings) on September 6th - Scott Zinser, Caller Advisor to PAC, called and Dave Cooper cued. PAC’s President, Keith Miles, was in attendance as were other PAC Delegates and Representatives. Four squares enjoyed dancing and Cooper shared stories of Scott Zinser’s early years in square dance, including his T-shirt that hangs in the Beachcombers hall in lieu of a visitation banner.
We are very much in need of Angels to host our ladies taking Cha-cha lessons that began on September 15th (4-5:30pm) at the Maplewood Grange. Angels dance for free, each Sunday; please come and help our students learn.
Our 1st and 3rd Friday dances in October feature: Scott Zinser and Tami Helms on the October 4th “Pirate” dance (be there or walk-the-plank) and Darrell Kalmback and Connie Clark on October 18th. Scott Zinser and Leonard Snodgrass will call/cuer the Chaps dance on November 1st - please join us. Chaps and Petticoats will be DARK on November 15th.
On October 20th, we have our Ham, Egg, Pancake Breakfast and Bazaar fund raiser. The square dance community is always great about supporting this and we hope this year is no exception. Come enjoy some breakfast and see what the crafty Cut-Ups have made to offer at the bazaar this year. There will be raffles also.
We will be dancing as usual on the 4th Saturday for anyone not making it to the Seaside Sashay. It will be our Halloween Black Light Dance, so come dance to Scott Zinser and Tami Helms for a spooky evening party!
Bev De La Bruere
Now we are looking forward to October activities. Considering the amazing cooks we have in our club, our October 19th “Harvest Days” dance featuring all pumpkin desserts should be an outstanding treat for members and guests. In addition to our own dances, a number of Hopper members have traditionally attended two fun filled weekend events: the Octoberfest put on by R Square D and The Seaside Sashay. Each weekend has its own special flavor, but both embody the spirit of square dancing: fun, fellowship, and dance. We’re looking forward to seeing you in a square somewhere.
We began our lessons for new and returning dancers on Sunday September 8. We are happy with how many attended and how well they are doing. We are offering the first EIGHT lessons free on Sunday evenings at 6 PM at our hall at the Milwaukie Community Center where we dance in Milwaukie at 42nd and Jackson.
We dance every second and third Saturday and our first dance each month is a theme dance. Our September 14 dance will be a Disney Dance where many of us will dress in costume. The October theme dance will focus on Fall Harvest.
On October 6, our cuer Couple Tami Helms and Tim Keck will offer two step round dance lessons from 3-5 PM at our hall. Also in October, we will be lending our support for breast cancer research at OHSU by attending the “Are You Man Enough to Wear Pink?” dance for the cure dance at Kinton Grange sponsored by Toe Draggers club. This is also on Sunday October 6 and is from 1:30 -4:30. PM.
After our summer break, we resumed our monthly dances with Kris Jensen calling on September 14. Kris always does a great job with creative choreography—and she’s so patient when we can’t seem to remember our right from our left.
Our next monthly dance will be October 12, with Richard Lane calling. Our monthly dances are at the Oak Grove Community Center, 14496 SE Cedar Ave., in Oak Grove. We alternate Mainstream and Plus tips from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!
It’s not too late to get in on one of the finest events of the Portland area square dance year. We’ll be hosting our three-day dance weekend October 25-27 at the Multnomah Arts Center in Multnomah Village. In addition to hours and hours of dancing at all levels from Basic through C-2 (we have two different dance halls all day Saturday), we’ll feed you a picnic dinner on Friday night, a catered Thai buffet on Saturday night, and Sunday brunch. And we have our always entertaining costume contest on Saturday night. We are expecting dancers from Seattle, Vancouver BC, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, and ????. If you love to dance and love to meet new people, this is the extravaganza for you! You can find more information on our webpage www.rosetownramblers.com.
Jeff Knapp, President
The council benefit weekend for Beachcombers raised $916.00 for their much needed repairs on their roof. We want to thank everyone who came and supported the weekend.
Our next council meeting will be October 1 at 4:30pm, Round Table Pizza in Medford.
We, again, only have 1 Saturday dance in October; as we will be going dark the 3rd Saturday in support of the Potato Festival in Klamath Falls. Our October 5th dance will be Mainstream/Plus with Chuck Simpkins & Sarge Glidewell. This is our "Happiness Is A Warm Puppy" dance; and it will kick off Coats For Kids donations and we are also asking for donations for Rogue Valley Human Society.
November & December dances are a full schedule -with special guest callers J Domis, Mike Sikorsky, Mike Haworth & Richard Lane - what a line-up to end the year!!!
Don't forget to get your Boatnik Ribbons; preregistering gets you a discount. Flyers have been printed & are being distributed!!
See you in a Square!!
I want to send thoughts, prayers and well wishes to Annie, Roger and Don and hope you will too. They have all been with our club for a very long time but health issues are preventing them from dancing much. They are certainly missed.
We have 2 squares on Monday nights. Some of which, are returning dancers wanting to get back into dancing. The returning dancers are guiding new dancers along, we hope all will stay with us for a very long time and help us build our membership back up.
October begins a new dance year for us. We have started planning dance themes and programs. As we start off a new year we are also making some changes. We hope most of you know by now we no longer dance at Greenhorn Grange, it looks like Evergreen Elementary School will be our new venue. In an effort to attract dancers to our party nights, and an attempt to conflict less with other clubs, starting in October and continuing until further notice we will now be dancing on 3RD FRIDAY NIGHTS. At this time the only month we will NOT dance on FRIDAY NIGHT will be November. Look for fliers and more info. about our dances. Also as we start our new dance year we are looking for a Round Dance Cuer. We believe our party nights are not complete with out one. So if there is a cuer, experienced or otherwise, please feel free to contact us. We are open to ANY one who might be interested in cueing. Round or Line dances or a combination of both would be OK, but we lean toward Rounds. Thank you for supporting our club. Hope to see you on the floor. Dean
The next "Game Night" will tentatively be October 11, with a theme of "Mexican" to celebrate the game most of us play. It is a "Hoot." If you don't play Mexican Train, there is usually a game of cribbage going on. We are open to most any table game.
The Stars "Club Picnic" was on September 8. Wayne & Debbi extended an invitation to all for the use of their home for the event. Thank you, Wayne & Debbi! Phil cooked some awesome burgers & hot dogs.
Phil Ramey started a new "Plus" class on Monday, September 9th from 630-830pm. There were two squares turned out to either learn plus or brush up. Everyone had a great time.
Classes started on Thursday, September 12. There were 10 new students the first night with a couple of "reboots." There is also the promise of more new ones to come. Remember - The 1st 5 lessons are "Free."
Sides Face Grand Square!
See you in a square
Our next Council event is a fifth Saturday Dance, held at the Aloha Grange on November 30th. This dance will feature Mike and Julie Stout calling and cueing. The dance begins with pre-rounds at 7:30 followed by Mainstream with rounds at 8:00. Every third tip will be Plus. This dance is co-hosted our brand new club to the TVC, the Oak Hills Squares.
October will be another hit and miss month. By that we will be dancing at the Hazel Dell Grange on the 12th with Mark Wheeler calling and Julie Stiers cueing. We will be calling this our Halloween Dance so put on something goofy as we all will have fun. The fourth Saturday (October 26th) is the same weekend as the Seaside Sashay. As in the past we will have a large club group in Seaside and there will be NO DANCE at the Grange.
Did you know square dancing has been our "Official National Folk Dance" since President Reagan signed an act of Congress in 1982.
The Eager Beavers annual picnic is a low key affair except for one thing - food. We do like the pot luck system of multiple delicious offerings. After eating we mostly sat in our foldable chairs occasionally stirring our bones to pitch bean bags at a large board with holes in it and marked 1, 2, 3, HR, and OUT. After a big meal this is the best way to play baseball. Noble Woods Park in Hillsboro is a lovely place for a picnic which is why we return year after year.
We attended the TVC fifth Saturday dance on August 31st with Daryl Clendenin calling and Connie Clark cueing. It was a little on the warm and humid side but we all had a good time. Thanks to the Valley Squares for co-hosting the event with the TVC. It is the policy of the Eager Beavers to visit all of the anniversary dances for TVC clubs. At this writing we plan to attend as many of the club anniversaries dances as possible.
New Year’s Dance has a color theme in case you needed an excuse for a new outfit: black, red, silver. We and the Sunset Promenaders are hosting this dance with some help from the TVC. When you are planning for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas do not forget to include a night of great dancing to welcome in the New Year.
We dance on most holidays. Even if you have a job, you can join us once in a while. Our three callers keep us on our toes as each week one seems to have some new twist to keep our minds sharp. All plus dancers are invited to dance with us on Monday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00, at the Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton. Please check for up to date information at www.EagerBeavers.info.
All the best from sunny Astoria,
On the 24th we had our Summers End Dance. Boy I hate even typing those words. Ken Pratt cued the dance for us. We want to thank the 27 guests who joined us on the floor. We adjourned to the dining room and enjoyed the fruits of the summer.
We will be holding a Sock Hop dance; a blast from the 50’s and 60’s on October 12th.
On October 26 we’ll be dark as we head west, toward the setting sun and the Seaside Sashay. The convention center in Seaside has had a major remodel the Hoedowners will be there to break it in.
Big news is that October 19th is our 35th Birthday Dance! At 7:00 Randy Dibble will call half an hour of plus, followed by Sherri Clark cuing half an hour of round dancing. After dancing mainstream from 8:00 to 10:00 we will head downstairs for chocolate cake (probably decorated with M&Ms by Dan Knierim) and ice cream. Lindie might even have some more ideas for this special evening.
On August 19th, we graduated six new dancers from our new-dancers’ class. Fun, silly dancing, and games were followed by snacks and celebration.
We welcome Renee Ruud as our caller for the third and fifth Mondays beginning on September 30th.
Come visit TVC’s newest club on any Monday evening. Square dance attire is optional. On the first Monday of the month square dance attire is encouraged, and the dance will be all singing calls.
R Square D had a fun dancing summer. We have been pleased with our air conditioning, having mostly 4 squares on the floor at each of our dances during the summer. We are back to regular dance times as of September. REMEMBER Second Friday, Fourth Saturday, till next June.
Our OCTOBERFEST weekend is here! October 11th and 12th at Rose Valley Grange. Please see the flyer for all the particulars.
Plus Workshop will begin on October 23rd, Wednesday evenings 7-9. Learn or enhance your Plus skills. See flyer or our website for details.
Dance info: 7pm - 8pm Plus with advanced rounds, 8pm - 9:30pm Mainstream with rounds. 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso, WA 98626 by the Rotary spray park at the intersection of Hwy 4 and W Main, Kelso/Longview. Our dances are $6 donation.
See you in a square,
• Thursday, October 3rd, Plus Dance with Darrell Kalmbach, and Ken Pratt calling and cueing.
• Saturday, October 5th, is Sunset Promenaders 34th Anniversary Dance with a full Ham Meal at 6:00 PM, Intermediate Round Dance at 6:30 until 7:30, 7:30 until 9:30 Mainstream with every third tip Plus. The callers will be Mike Stout and Darrell Kalmbach and cuers will be Ken Pratt and Julie Stout. So come to our anniversary dance hungry, have a great meal, dance to your hearts content, and leave happy you came.
• Thursday, October 17th, Plus Dance with Darrell Kalmbach, and Ken Pratt calling and cueing.
• Saturday, October 19th, Mike Stout calling and Ken cueing with a Halloween Theme, costumes encouraged but not required.
• This is a busy month because we also have the Seaside Sashay at the Seaside Convention Center from Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th. If you are going to the Sahay you better get your lodging and ribbon soon.
• And then we have another 5th Thursday Plus Dance on the 31st at the Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall, 267 E. Main Street.
Summer is over, so come dance up a storm, we hope to see you there my friends.
On Sunday September 22nd Darrell Kalmbach is scheduled to start teaching Plus Square Dance lessons from 2:00 to 4:00. Also, there is 2-Step Round Dance lessons from 4:00 to 6:00 with Ken and Dianne Pratt instructing. The lessons are at the Hillsboro Odd Fellow Hall located at 267 E. Main St.
Our Mainstream and Plus dances start at 6:30to 7:30 with Intermediate Rounds, then at 7:30 to 9:30 Square Dance.
Come and dance with us so we can become better friends. If you need more information call 503-805-5867.
Tom & Janice Sminia
It’s not too late to get all your friends who have been yearning to learn how to square dance, to our lessons. Starting Wednesday September 18th from 7:00-9:00pm, and then again on Saturday September 21st from 10:00-12:00 noon. We’ll keep these times open for at least 2 weeks, so come on out!
Oct. 4th is a regular dance for us.
Sunday, October 6th from 1:30-4:30 is our annual Pink dance. This very special dance is one not to be missed! We will again have baskets to raffle filled with all sorts of goodies. We will also be raffling off the beautiful quilt the Toe’s have put together. Best of all, all the proceeds from EVERYTHING go to cancer research!
Toe’s will be dark on Oct. 18th, as the Brookhaven Bazaar takes over our hall, and the Toe’s will be having a mystery trip.
We look forward to seeing you real soon.
The final Sunday we had our traditional annual summer’s end potluck picnic on the shady hill at Snyder Park in Sherwood. We enjoyed the wonderful music from the acoustic guitar of Charles McAuley and the accordion of Adolph Eppich.
In October we’ll be busy with lessons in Mainstream and Two-Step and go visit Mix ‘n Mingle for their 35th anniversary dance.
NOTE: We will begin OUR NEW DANCE SCHEDULE on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.
Come join us on Friday October 11th for our “Fall Fling” and then on Friday October 25th for “Come As You Aren’t”, which is our Halloween dance. Both dances with our caller, Terry Halley and our cuer, Sandra Pinion.
We also are having a New Dancer Jamboree on Sunday October 20th, class level up to B-30, from 3:30 to 5:30.
See you on Fridays from now on!
Our next scheduled dances are on October 9th and October 23rd.
Our club continues to be a fun place where friends gather, have some food and practice moves they want to work on before the weekend dances. Lots of belly laughs to go around. We would love to have you come join us!
See you around in a square....
A round dance workshop continues preceding our 2nd Friday dance, led by Ken and Dianne Pratt, beginning at 6:30 pm. Come work on your round dancing moves with us.
Our Mainstream September 27th dance will feature a black light, so come glow in the dark and have some Friday evening fun dancing with us. There are no themes planned for our October dances. Square dancers are invited to Abby's Pizza in Newberg after our dances to enjoy complimentary sodas.
Mainstream lessons begin officially on Tuesday, September 10th 6:30-8 p.m. at the Chehalem Community Center. Cost is $68 for the 12-week course taught by Randy Dibble. An ‘A’ workshop continues immediately following from 8-9:30 p.m. Cost $6.
Our October 19th dance theme is "Spooky Dance", dress up, it adds to the fun! Craig Abercrombie calling, Connie Clark cueing. Our dance format is 7-8:30 pm MS or floor level, 8:30-9:30 pm Plus (or, if everyone attending is Plus we dance Plus the entire evening). Sometimes we go past 9:30 pm depending upon what our dancers want to do, we work together to have a fun evening.
We hope more dancers come to our dances to support Valley Squares. If not, we may have to close down our dance in a few months. I know most clubs are shrinking, square dancing is diminishing. We all need to work together to keep square dancing alive, to bring in new dancers, fill our class floor with new students, keep our clubs alive and having so much fun. A full dance floor is so much fun for the dancers as well as the caller and cuer.
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Our first dance of the month was our Back To School Dance. We had our new club caller Mark Wheeler on the stage, and Neil Koozer cued for the round dancers. We had a nice turnout and everyone had a great time! Mark brings lots of energy to the barn!
Our second dance was our Welcome Fall Dance. It is always fun to dance to a fall themed dance when the fall has brought cooler weather and rain. Mark Wheeler called the squares and Neil Koozer cued the rounds.
The Buckeroos began a new set of lessons this month. We had a good number of students show up and are excited to see the energy in the group. We are already looking forward to dancing with them at Mid-Winter! Speaking of Mid-Winter, we will have Buckeroo Round-Up ribbons for sale, so do not forget to find us and get yours!
Remember… we are just a short drive south from the Portland area, so plan to join us in the near future. We dance the first and third Saturdays and always enjoy having visitors. We have members of all ages and are a family friendly club.
Robin P. Faltersack