4th Annual Antics Square Dance Foundation
of New England Benefit dance a Success!
We’ve just mounted 4/7/13 at Bay
Path Barn, Boylston, MA, near Worcester, another successful April Antics
benefit dance on behalf of the Square Dance Foundation of New England. We
had a lot of fun plus duets and quartets, delighting staff and 8˝ squares
of dancers while raising hundreds of dollars for the foundation library and
museum in Manchester, New Hampshire. Claudia’s Shop was also there to
outfit dancers for the April regional convention.
Callers who donated their time
were Jay Silva, Bob Butler, Al Rouff, Bill Mager, Matt McGovern, Dave
Perrault, Dave Hass and Steve Park. They worked with cuer Margene Jervis.
Clubs, please hire these generous hearted professionals for your club
Critical to the success of these
benefit dances is the team of good hearted Hayloft volunteers who each year
help with setup and cleanup and also bring in goodies for the continuous
Looking ahead to the 5th April
Antics Benefit dance on 4/6/2014, we already have the Bay Path barn
reserved and Harriet Clarke has offered to cue but will need 8-9 callers
once again. The schedule will be 1pm A1, 2:00pm high rounds and a slight
change, 2:30pm to 5pm for separate halls of mainstream and plus but all
callers in the front hall for a final mainstream tip for all.
Dancers and callers, please mark
NOV 23, 2012
had twelve Haylofters and Friends of the Hayloft come out for at the work
We cleaned out the huge clump of broken and scrub trees and
brush around the front of the property.
We hauled the brush and debris to the back of the property.
We raked and disposed of copious amounts of leaves
We stacked much firewood. (Free for the taking!)
AND…We found the artesian well!!
you to all who helped and to those who were there in spirit.
will be some photos sent out soon.
the meantime, when you see the following people please give them a
heartfelt THANK YOU!
& Pierre Desilets
& John Lazarou
children Nathaniel & James
& Ed Gebo
& Al Randall
Eckert & Moe Bracken
you approach the club notice how clean and open the front yard looks.
is a much better view of the building as a result of today's efforts.
Annual April Antics Square Foundation of New England benefit dance a
success! Next benefit Sunday September 30, 2012 at
Well we had more than 70
dancers at Baypath Barn Sunday afternoon, April 1st, for a benefit dance that above
expenses, cleared $435 for the
library and museum the NE
Square Dance Foundation maintains in Manchester NH. An hour
of A1 then a half hour of higher rounds, followed by three hours of mainstream and plus in separate
halls kept dancers hopping with duets and quartets sprinkled through the
program in each hall. Fourteen of us shared supper afterwards at Finders
& Keepers, side by side pubs in W. Boylston MA with a huge and
reasonably priced menu. Claudia’s Shoppe was on hand so many dancers were
able to pick up something new for Convention. Continuous refreshments,
courtesy of generous dancers, kept everyone energized. Split the pot
yielded $72 to one lucky person!
Many thanks to all the dancers who came out for fun and a good cause. The
generosity of callers
Bob Butler, Dave Hass (thankfully, a sudden fill in for ailing Bill
Fulton), Bill Mager, Matt McGovern, Steve Park, Jim Schell, Charlie Trapp,
and cuer Harriet Clarke, who donated their time and talents to support this activity so close to all our
hearts is much appreciated. A surprise addition was calling by Lenny
Newberry of Alabama who was visiting the area that weekend.
Our next Foundation
benefit dance will be Sunday September 30, 2012 for the 2nd
Annual Autumn Glow benefit at the Hayloft Steppers barn in Sturbridge, MA.
We’ll need callers and a cuer to
donate their services for
that dance which will have an hour of A level followed by alternating
mainstream and plus between rounds. Dancers please save the date and help
spread the word!
Autumn Glow NE Square Foundation benefit dance a success;
Sunday April 1, 2012
had more than 10 squares at Hayloft Sunday afternoon, September 18th,
for a benefit dance that made over $500 for the
library and museum the NE Square Dance Foundation maintains in
Manchester NH. An hour of A1 then higher rounds followed
by three hours of mainstream and plus kept dancers hopping. Fourteen of us
even shared a nice supper at Piccadilly Pub in downtown Sturbridge
Many thanks to the
eighty plus dancers who came out for fun and a good cause. The generosity
of callers Red Bates, Kevin Bersing, Jay Silva and Charlie
Trapp and cuer Beverly MacKay who donated their time and talents
to support this activity so close to all our hearts is
Foundation benefit dance will be Sunday April 1,
2012 at the Baypath Barn in West Boylston, MA. We’ll need several callers
and at least one cuer to donate their services for that
dance which has separate mainstream and plus halls. Dancers please save the
date and spread the word!
Hazel and Duncan
Fenton, two dancers from England, dropped in to dance a few tips at the
Hayloft. It was interesting to hear about dancing abroad. This is the
second year in a row the Fentons have visited us. They were most impressed
by two things at the Hayloft: The friendliness of the dancers and the large
number of young people dancing.
Square dancing originated in the
1950’s and has evolved into a wide variety of music styles. Contrary to
yesteryear’s square dancing, the 2000 version of Square Dancing is a hybrid
of western and fast track, upbeat dancing .A form of low impact aerobic exercise,
a person can burn 300 calories during an evening of dancing.
“It was wonderful emotional therapy
for our residents and gave them a temporary feeling of euphoria’ commented
Jadrenka. “ We look forward to an encore in the foreseeable future.”
Of particular significance was the
person who “called” -Matt McGovern.- who began calling less than 2 years
ago .A gifted 13 year old youngster, Matt has already turned the heads of
his “senior” peers. His style is truly dynamic, and challenging, backed
by modern, upbeat .music that echoes the 2000 era. Even at his
youthful age Matt has started a club in Ludlow and has his own web site.
People have commented that “problems
seem to disappear” when dancing.” “ It’s a great way to make new friends “
It’s also an opportunity to develop strong social ties with all
levels of society An American art, Square Dancing is done universally and
all calls must be given in English,-even in countries such as Japan
According to research, one can add 10
years to his/her life by square dancing and it’s regarded an anti oxidant
Something else. Square Dancing
is not strictly for the “over the hill” crowd. As mentioned above, Square
Dancing has come up to the 21st century with innovations and upbeat music (
Some slower paced more “traditional“ dancing is also done for those with
mobility issues).Equally significant, with just 12 lessons one can be dancing
the Mainstream Level.
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