Happy Holidays to everyone! As we head into the holidays we are also entering into our new dancer dance season. Make sure you are encouraging your students to attend these dances at their level AND YOU ARE GOING WITH THEM! They need to know that there will be someone they already know at the dance. Offer to give a ride or meet them there.
Before letting your students or newer dancers go off to a dance, please consider going over some common etiquette for square dancers. Make sure you give them a chance to ask questions ahead of time on what they may experience.
Square dancers pride themselves on being friendly, courteous and honest on and off the dance floor. Following is a few items to remember when attending a square dance:
For those of you who attend Mid-Winter Festival each year, please make sure that the newer dancers and students in your club/classes are aware of the festival and that there are halls where they can dance at their level. This is a great opportunity to meet others from around the state, out of state or even another country!
After our nice and dry November, I have to wonder if the other shoe is going to drop in the form of a dreaded snowfall this winter. Hang on tight.
I hope your holiday season is a warm and happy one.
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The next Federation meeting will be at Mid-Winter Festival, on January 26, 2020.
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:
December 1 -- Charlie Brown Squares
December 1 -- Wolf Pack
December 5 -- Red Rock Squares
December 17 -- Sunset Promenaders
December 27 -- Silver City Squares
December 28 -- Buckeroo
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The Hayshakers and Sunset Promenaders thank all who attended the 2019 Seaside Sashay. Thanks to all of you it was one of the biggest and best ever. We even had dancers from Denver, Colorado and Canton, Georgia dancing with all of us from Oregon and Washington. Some dancers let us know that the dance floor wasn’t optimal for gliding smoothly through all the tips and rounds. We are working with the Convention Center Staff to improve the floor condition for our 20th Anniversary in 2020. We are also looking at finding a vendor to sell dance socks which seems to be a workable solution for “sticky floor” syndrome. Even though the floor was a little sticky inside, dancing was great at the end of the Lewis & Clark trail and the factory outlet mall and nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of our mud wrestling competition. Kelly McCaw won handily in the women’s division and Ron Larson muscled through the competition to capture the men’s championship. Ron declined Kelly’s challenge to see which of them would prevail in a winner takes all competition.
With planning underway for our 20th Seaside Sashay, we know you will be pleased to hear we have booked perennial favorites Ray Brendzy and Richard Lane to call and Debbie Taylor to cue. Our registration forms are already posted at some dance venues but if you want to print a few, just call Joyce & Gary at 503-647-5742 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will have a printable copy very quickly. Click on the small image to the right to get your flyer.
Yes, our 20th annual Seaside Sashay on October 23 & 24, 2020 should be a very special event with all the usual events including mud wrestling, the passport promenade, after hours dining venues, phenomenal split the pot opportunities, at least 20 door prizes and let us not forget the Round and Square dancing. We will be looking at improving our schedule over the next few months as we continue planning this great event to give you even more of the requested dancing opportunities.
Thanks again to everyone who joined us in Seaside, hope to see you in October 2020!
Joyce & Gary Clark, Sylvia Davis Dale & Kathy Worthington Cynthia Weber
Dancer Hoyt Brezeale is recovering at home after fracturing his back while doing some chain saw work. He would appreciate cards and good wishes.
Hoyt Brezeale 3954 SE Taylor St Portland, OR 97214
Oct 31, 1943 – Nov 12, 2019
Benjamin Brown and his wife, Penny, contributed lots of time and effort to the business side of square and round dancing in Oregon for many years. Benjamin served as President of the Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs in 1993 and 1994. He also served as the Federation's Parliamentarian for for many years, and as the Portland Area Council’s representative to the Federation. He also served as President of the Bachelor & Bachelorettes Square Dance Club.
In 1989, when Oregon won its bid to host the 43rd National Square Dance Convention in 1994 in Portland, Benjamin & Penny jumped right on the jobs that needed to be done. Penny was the secretary for the whole team. General Chairman Don White appointed Benjamin as the Assistant General Chairman. Benjamin served on the Oregon Trail Board, Communication Committee and numerous other segments of the 4-year effort to prepare for 22,000 dancers to descend on the Twin Towers Convention Center.
Penny passed away a few years after the Convention. Benjamin married Loretta Traveler a few years after that. They spent several years sightseeing around the United States and Europe. Four years ago, Benjamin’s health began to deteriorate, and Loretta became his caretaker. Lots of doctoring could not determine the cause of the deterioration.
Benjamin died peacefully in the Boise, Idaho, Military Hospital on November 12, 2019.
Jim Rogers, long time square dancer and Past President of the Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs, passed away in Seaside on November 23, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 15, at the St Helens Elks Lodge, 350 Belton Road, St Helens, 97051.
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The Interstate-Highlanders Council has chosen the December 2019 Oregon Round of the Month: "Summertime Blues", Phase II+2 Two Step (Fishtail and Suzie Q), choreographed by Brigit & Richard Maguire, by Summertime Blues. Download your cue sheet here.
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When we do not have a live caller, we dance to recorded tips by national callers. We have changed our dance times and are now dancing 2-4PM on the Sundays we dance. We generally dance two squares on the floor in Hall B at the Emerald Square Dance Center with its cushioned wood floors. The speakers in Hall B are excellent and hearing enhancement is available. If you are in the area or passing through, please check our website (cas-sq.yolasite.com) to see if we are dancing. We may cancel if there are not enough dancers planning on attending any given dance. You may also call (541) 741-4149 to check.
We have also been offering C1 lessons on the days before our advanced dances from 1-2PM Sundays, or in Junction City on the alternate Sundays. If you want to brush up on your C1, please come join us.
Club reporter and Hall Delegate
Jim Hattrick called our regular dance Oct. 11 with Jackie Gale cueing. George Hermann called our Halloween dance on Oct. 25 with Jackie Gale cueing. We are so delighted with the callers and our cuer who do such a great job of calling and cueing and keeping our dancers happy. Our Halloween dance as always had some fun costumes (see photos in the photo section).
In December we will hold our annual Christmas potluck dinner and dance with dinner at 6:30 and dancing commencing at 7:30 as usual. The club provides the ham and rolls; dancers provide the rest. It is always a tasty meal and fitting for the holiday season in our beautifully decorated hall. Please come join us for the dinner, the dance or both. Jim Hattrick will call and Jackie Gale will cue that dance on Dec. 13. Our Dec. 27 dance will feature K.C. Curtis and Jackie Gale.
P.S. If you are reading this on or before Nov 22 please come join us for our Western Hoedown and Chili feed with Darrell Kalmbach and Jackie Gale. This should be a fun one and we are not back to back with Thanksgiving—still dancing can burn off calories!
Club reporter/Vice President
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.
We were dark November 24, a Sunday, because the annual special dance with Kris Jensen was held the day before, a Saturday. Wow! What a dance, potluck and silent auction! Whew!
Keep on dancing,
We have just completed our election of officers and they will take their new positions on January 1, 2020. Mary Ellen Ramsayer will remain as our president; our new Vice President will be Rolita LaForge, Secretary Pam Seacrest, Treasurer Miranda Mann and Area Representative Cathy Drawson.
We are also very excited about receiving an invitation to dance at Magic at the Mill on Friday December 20 from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. This is a part of the Christmas extravaganza at Mission Mill. We have not done this before, so we are all looking forward to being a part of it. Georganne
Golden Squares is a tiny club of five dancers of which one is a snowbird! We manage alright but we need help with attendance. We have an excellent dance floor. Randy Dibble is our caller and Julie Stiers is our cuer on the first and fifth Mondays and Sherry Clark cues on the third Monday.
Thank you to everyone who came to last Pie Night and the Crew Dance. We had a lot of fun. Hope to see you in a square soon. Merry Christmas. Teija
The proceeds from our Christmas Dance silent auction will support Windsor House, homes for brain injured adults, and we are collecting cans of decaf coffee for the Windsor House kitchens – our annual December service project.
Come dance with us on the first and second Saturdays of each month at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Especially be sure that you mark your calendars for our special dances: December 14 Christmas Dance with Silent Auction and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus; February 8 “Mix it up” Dance; March 8 (Sunday) IWW 60th Birthday Dance.
Looking ahead: Mystery trip (date to be determined); Salvation Army bell ringing December 9 – 12 (at Macy’s); Annual Koast Krash April 24 – 26 (Yachats Inn. Theme: At the Hop). Dee Mackaman
Our club has voted to go dark on December 26 to enjoy more time with family wherever they may be. The OFN has been changed to show we are not dancing that night.
A rhythm has been picked for our Showcase for Mid-Winter and we have been working on learning whatever moves we are not comfortable with so we look good for the audience.
We have completed the phase 3 & 4 moves in Rumba and will continue to review as time goes by. We will be deciding on what comes next soon.
We played for the Halloween dance event. Stephanie Lozano had some related music and we danced them for something different to do. Goodies were brought and we had a good time. We are hoping that by the time this goes to print that Stephanie loses the boot on her foot. She sprained her ankle at Seaside Sashay and it is taking time for it to heal again. We need to wrap her in bubble wrap to keep her healthy. Happy, healthy holidays to all of you. Marilyn Schmit
Thomas graduated his students from his summer class and we are doing our best to make sure they get out to the new dancer dances as well as helping to angel our current class. Watch for our flyers for our new dancer dance in January. It is also our Baked Potato dinner!
We are planning to have two squares go to competition this year in Auburn, Washington. Soooooo... we are doing visitations (and showing off our current trophies), selling festival pins and we will have the raffle tickets available soon. Since we are traveling this year, we do have to raise more funds. Please plan to join us for our fundraiser dance on March 22. Watch for more information to come. See you at a dance soon. Petrina Buchheit
We are looking forward to our new dancer dance on Sunday, Dec. 1, which will be an afternoon dance. It will include a sizable used clothing sale so be expecting some bargains. See you in a square! Jodee Howard
Our council website has been updated with our fifth Friday dances, and will also be reflected on the federation website. You can find a calendar of PAC events and anniversary dances by clicking on the thumbnail to the left.
Our PAC holiday dinner is set for Monday, December 16, at the Old Spaghetti Factory at Clackamas Town Center, 6:PM.
By council resolution, our fifth Friday dances will now be hosted by our member clubs.
Bonus night will be Dec 27 featuring our New Dancer workshop and reviews. We don’t normally dance on a Friday night, so this will be a night to experience.
Our president and taw represented us at the Indio dance festival. Several Cut-Ups also came. 100 squares were in attendance.
We’ve heard that former member Benjamin Brown passed away in November.
On our first dance of the month, December 7th, the Bees will be having our annual silent auction and Senior Appreciation Dance. People can help by donating items such as: large print crossword books, large print find a word books, puzzles and personal hygiene products. These will all be donated to low income assisted living homes.
Our second dance This month is December 21 we will be dancing to beautiful Christmas music my our caller KC Curtis and Cuer Lonnie Sykes
Happy Holidays!! The Bee
At our December 7th dance we will still be collecting gifts for children being served by the Children’s Center, a non-profit organization that provides mental health care to children of low-income families. For the past several years we have collected toys for the Children’s Center at the last dance in November and at the first dance in December. The generosity of our square-dancing members and guests has made a difference for a lot of children. Our final dance of 2019, December 21st, will be a Christmas dance with holiday music and Christmas cookies and treats for the break. It’s always one of the more colorful and fun dances of the year.
This last year and a half has been a time of transition and trying new ideas for the Hoppers. We are now confident and comfortable in our new home and looking forward to another wonderful year of dancing and sharing memories with friends and fellow dancers. We’re wishing all our square-dancing friends and families a joyous holiday season and a wonderful 2020.
Our students are progressing well in their lessons, and at our first dance in November (November 9) we honored them and other new dancers with a new dancer Jamboree and a “lightly used” clothing sale. The wonderful volunteers from the “Quilts of Valor “were also there to help us honor and thank some of our military veterans on Veterans day week, with the presentation a handmade quilt to each of them.
Our first dance in December will be a holiday theme dance followed by a regular dance the next week. We will also be having our annual holiday dinner that month. We dance every second and third Saturday at Milwaukie Community Center at 43nd and Jackson. Come join us.
The Oaky Doaks were the second club to earn a Ramblers banner with a visitation in 2019. The first person who correctly names the other club that received a Ramblers visitation banner in 2019 will receive one free admission to a Ramblers monthly dance of their choice. Email your response to email@example.com
Our upcoming dances (all at Oak Grove Community Center) are:
• December 14: Ian Craig. Potluck 6:30 to 7:30; Alternating Mainstream and Plus tips from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
• January 11: Stephen Cole (Seattle). Black and White Dance--you’re encouraged to wear any combination of the aforementioned colors. Potluck 6:30 to 7:30: Alternating Mainstream and Plus tips from 7:30 to 9:30.
• February 8: Dan Preedy (Spokane). No potluck. Alternating Mainstream and Plus tips from 7:30 to 9:30.
We’ll be starting a new series of Mainstream lessons in January at Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 NE 76th Ave., Portland. We welcome all dancers.
Jeff Knapp, Presiden
Rogue Sis Q Council Has their next meeting December 3rd at 4:30, Round Table Pizza, Medford
What a fun November of dances with J Domis/Bob Dingman on the 2nd & Mike Sikorsky & Mark McDonald on the 16th!! There were about 5 squares of dancers for Sikorsky's dance - everyone had a great time at both dances. Thank you to those who come and dance with us.
December is going to be great!! We will be celebrating our birthday on December 7th!!!! We have a wonderful caller from So Cal - Mike Haworth. He has called a couple times up here(and is also one of the 3 "Mics" at Diamond Lake) - and is a lot of fun!! Rikki will be cueing the dance. Advanced starts at 530pm. Pre Rounds at 7pm and Mainstream/Plus from 730-10pm!! Be sure and plan to join us and help us celebrate!!
December 21st will be Richard Lane & Elaine - will be a lot of fun dancing and enjoying the Christmas music and our friends.
Look for flyers for both dances.
New classes start Tue Jan 7th @ 630pm. We are looking forward to welcoming a new class of dancers and introducing them to the fun of dancing!!
The Boatnik Committee is preparing for a wonderful event Memorial Weekend. We have Bronc Wise & Peter Gomez as our featured staff - and what fun that will be. Get your ribbons soon!!
Wishing everyone a safe & happy holiday season
See you in a square
Sherrie and I are holding and sponsoring new dancer classes at the Karuk Wellness Center. We have filed the necessary paper work with the Karuk tribe. We have 8 new dancers and 5 returning dancers. We are doing a lot of 6 couple, and Cecillian Circle. We are planning on having our annual Christmas party ornament exchange and dance on Dec 23. This will be student level, and held at the Wellness Center.
The “Game Night” held on November 8th was well attended. As usual, everyone ate too much, but had a good time nonetheless. Come out and join us on January 3rd for the next one. The theme will be “Cold Weather Comfort Food.” It is a “Hoot.” If you don’t play Mexican Train, there is usually a game of cribbage going on; and we are open to most any table game.
Classes are going good and the students are really enthusiastic.
On November 15th, there was another “Back to Basics” dance. Dean Black was the caller. All who attended had a great time.
On November 21st, the Stars Class will host their Annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Then on November 23rd will be the club Thanksgiving dance. December 19th is the Stars’ Class Christmas Potluck. Besides the free Potluck Dinner, there will be a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Of course, there is always dancing around the Christmas Tree.
Sides Face, Grand Square
See you in a Square
A report from the Mix 'N Mingle indicated a well attended 35th anniversary dance with Randy Dibble calling and guest cuer Sherri Clark on the 19th of October.
The annual Seaside Sashay on October 25th and 26th hosted by two TVC clubs, Hayshakers and Sunset Promenaders, was a big success. This dance featured Craig Ambercrombie and Adam Christman calling and Debbie Taylor cueing to a record 247 dancers.
The next Council event in December will be our annual New Years Eve dance at the Hillsboro IOOF Hall. Darrell Kalmbach and Sherri Clark will be calling and cueing the dance which will begin at 8:45 with pre-plus. The dance will continue with Mainstream at 9:00 until 12:15 with every third tip plus. See flyer below.
Since the OFN is published around the 20th of November, you may still have time to plan on the TVC 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 by our brand new club to the TVC, the Oak Hills Squares.
Our December dances will feature Mike and Julie Stout on December 14th and our own Jim Hattrick on the 28th.
We will be sponsoring a New Year’s Eve dance for Adam Christman, Jim Hattrick, and Craig Abercrombie (also know as the Front Porch Trio) at the Hazel Dell Grange. Jim will do pre-rounds from 8:30 until 9:00 and mainstream with plus added from 9 to midnight.
Our promise is that everyone gets to dance. So, if you are a single please come join us.
Lastly, a special thanks to Gary and Judi Ferguson for being our club's representative to the TVC.
To all, Happy New Year. Hope to see you soon.
Marie Clem was elected treasurer after Joanne Switzer resigned due to health issues. Thank you Joanne for your service and accept our heartfelt wishes for a successful outcome.
Our three callers and cuer have agreed to continue putting up with us another year. I, for one, appreciate their patience, good humor, and creative calling. This fits well with some of our creative interpretations of the calls. Maybe they are staying on because we entertain them.
'Tis the season for those fancy outfits you rarely wear, celebrate by showing them off. The New Year’s Dance is a black, red, silver color theme so find a new outfit or add some bling to a favorite one. Sunset Promenaders and Eager Beavers are hosting this dance with some help from TVC. The mainstream dance begins at 9 pm, IOOF Hall, in Hillsboro. There will be 15 minutes of Plus at 8:45 pm. When you are planning for the holidays do not forget to include a night of great dancing to welcome in the New Year.
There are 5 Mondays in December giving you plenty of opportunities to work out your holiday stress. 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.
Hoedowners got their hips swaying as we headed west to the 2019 Seaside Sashay. By my count we had 24 Hoedowners in attendance. The weather was good and there was dancing at the turnaround Saturday morning. Friday evening the Hoedowners met for dinner at Finns. The meal was great as usual and the laughter was abundant. Thank heavens we had time to finish dining, change our clothes and head over to the Seaside Convention Center for the last dance of the weekend. Most of the Hoedowners were outfitted in the green vests advertising Summer Festival 2020!
What lies ahead in December? On December 14th we’ll have our annual Soup Dance. The aroma is heavenly as all our great cooks create tasty, liquid offerings.
The next day, Sunday December 15th, is our New Dancer Jamboree at 1 pm. Please join us.
We will wrap up 2019 on the December 28th in our coziest loungewear for our Pajama Dance; sweats, nightgowns, robes, onesies, baby dolls, all are welcome. Teddy bears, pillows and blankies are optional.
Come join us, on December 21st for our annual Canned Food Dance! In our earlier days we gave people a discount for bringing canned food but soon decided to switch to a greater need - Teddy Bears for kids in crisis. Police and fire stations were happy to have the toys to pass out but eventually, with other groups joining in the collecting of stuffed animals, they had more than they could use. At that point we switched back to the Canned Food Dance. The stage was decorated with the donations and after the dance they went into the Grange's barrel for the Oregon Food Bank. Everything goes to those in need. What a great way to help others.
We’d love to see you there - - - Merry Christmas
Renee Ruud was our caller for two dances in October while our caller, Lane Clem and Marie vacationed in sunny California.
Our Guy Fawkes Dance on Nov 4 was a great success. Dancers wore red, white and blue, which happen to be England’s colors as well as the good ole’ US. Guy Fawkes is a notorious English renegade, whose capture and execution is celebrated on November 5th with fireworks and wearing of masks. Since we have British members, we felt it a good alternative to the typical Halloween theme. So many interesting British refreshments; English flapjacks are NOT like American pancakes! Guy was there is effigy, asking for pennies, and fireworks were lit outside after the dance.
We hope to see a lot of ugly sweaters at our theme dance on December 2nd, where refreshments will be available during open break.
Please join TVC’s newest club on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30. The first hour will be the lesson for new dancers (we always welcome angels), and mainstream dancing with phase two rounds will follow for the second hour. Square dancing attire is encouraged, but optional on the first Monday of every month, when the dance is all singing calls.
Let’s keep on dancing!
Saturday evening is the German meal. Many thanks for those cooks and helpers who worked through the afternoon to provide this meal!! The River City Riders start the evening with a tip with horses (!) yes, horses. Each year they have been trained with new moves. It is a tradition, so if you haven't seen them, join us next year.
The fun is not only on the floor but on stage. Susan, Craig and Adam are good entertainment, the fun they have spills out to the dance floor. There again a tradition, join us next year and you will see. We finish on Saturday night with pie and coffee. It is a warm send off for our friends who have joined us and made our Octoberfest a success again. Our venue will change next year to Catlin Grange in Kelso. It will still be the second weekend in October so you can plan ahead for next year's calendar. (Wink, wink)
December 13th is our toy dance, it is called this because we donate toys to kids whose families have limited resources. If you bring toys, we also collect the receipts for the purchase of the toys in order to satisfy tax requirements. Thank you. We will be dark on our December 4th Saturday dance so, will see you next year, 2020!
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.
We know December is a busy month but we hope to see you in a square and have the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas.
Our December dance schedule is:
• Thursday, December 5th, Plus dance with Darrell Kalmbach calling and Ken Pratt cueing.
• Saturday, December 7th, Mike Stout calling and Ken cueing. Mainstream Dance with a theme of Thanksgiving.
• Thursday, December 19th, Plus Dance with Darrell and Ken calling and cueing.
• Then on Saturday, December 21st, is our Christmas Dance with Mike and Ken calling and cueing.
• There is a TVC dance, a Special dance on Tuesday on December 31st, which is New Year’s Eve. The caller will be our caller Darrell Kalmbach and the cuer is Sherri Clark, Dance starts at 9:00 PM until 12:15 AM at the Hillsboro IOOF Hall Every third tip plus, bring finger foods, salads and desserts. Great way to start the year! Come dance with and enjoy all the dancers.
Our Mainstream and Plus dances start at 6:30 to 7:30 with Intermediate Rounds, then at 7:30 to 9:30 is Square Dancing. Our dances are at the Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall, 267 E. Main St. Additional parking across the street at Heritage Bank. If you have never danced with us we have the best dance hall and dining facilities in the area. Our hall is located downtown at 3rd and Main St. upstairs. If you need more information call: 503-805-5867 Tom & Janice Sminia or Gary & Joyce Clark 503-647-5742.
This is a special time of the year and we really would like you to come to our dances so we can dance and socialize with you, our friends.
Tom & Janice Sminia
The Toes went dark on the 3rd Friday of October and adventured off on a mystery trip. We ended up at the Hayshakers to dance, and stayed at an Astoria Bed and Breakfast. It was great fun.
Toe Draggers New Dancer Jamboree will be on the first Friday, December 6th during our regular dance time. K.C. Curtis is the caller and Bev Flint will be cueing. Bring your students and come join us! Kinton Grange, 19015 SW Scholls Ferry Rd - 7:30 pre-rounds, 8:00 class level with easy rounds.
Then on the December 20th third Friday we are back to our normal format, Mainstream with one plus level tip at mid-dance. The theme for this dance is Winter Wonderland.
Our canned food drive is continuing. Please bring non-perishable food to the dance for donation to the Grange's food baskets. Thank you.
Wishing all of you a Happy Holiday season.
On December the 8th we’re having our annual holiday party and dinner-out, including the white elephant gift exchange for some good laughs! Our lessons are suspended in December but we’re having two dances; “Sounds of the Seasons” Christmas dance on Friday the 13th, and “Winter Wonderland” black and white ball on Friday the 27th, with our caller Terry Halley and cuer Sandra Pinion.
Happy holidays to everyone!
A round dance workshop continues preceding our 2nd Friday Plus Dance, led by Ken and Dianne Pratt, beginning at 6:30 pm. Bring your round dance questions to the pros and allow them to help you smooth out your dance figures.
Our mainstream lessons are continuing under Randy’s superb guidance. Our four students are making great progress. Our New Dancer / Christmas Dance will be the 4th Friday, December 27th. Although this dance will be at Mainstream level, Randy will call to the floor level to accommodate new dancers. Traditionally we play a game involving a gift exchange, and so we encourage dancers to bring a wrapped gift of no more than $5 to exchange.
Complimentary sodas are offered to square dancers after our dances at Abby’s Legendary Pizza in Newberg.
We wish everyone happy and safe holidays, and really hope to see you in a square soon!
Valley Squares is going DARK for December as our dance is so close to Christmas. We will be DARK for January as well. We will start our dances up again on Saturday, February 15th, 7 pm and will start our classes on Tuesday's in February 2020 with Feb 4th & 11th lessons free, 7-9 pm. All at the Aloha Grange.
Our lessons on Wednesday nights will be dark through December. We will then start those up again on January 9th.
We are gearing up for our annual wreath sale. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Our members make beautiful wreaths to decorate your door over the holiday season. We are trying to be creative and add a few more opportunities to raise money to support the barn. In December, we will have our Holiday Craft Bazaar, so watch our website for details. There will be gift wrapping, visits with Santa, and concessions on hand during the event. Plan to come shop, or if you are a crafter, contact us to rent a table. All proceeds from fundraising helps pay our taxes, insurance, repairs, and general upkeep of the barn.
See you in a square,
Robin P. Faltersack