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July 13th, 2011 | in Square Dancing | Leave a comment

Jim and I attended the 60th National Square Dance Convention in Detroit, Michigan from June 22nd thru the 25th. I worked out that we were going to be in the same area based on the original travel plans and we made it happen. For square dancers, it is a big deal normally, but I think since it was being held in Detroit, that many said, no way. There were about 4000 registered when it is normally around 6000. They come from all over, not just from the USA, but there were dancers from Japan, Sweden, England, Canada and other countries. Japan had the biggest contingent of dancers and they were really fun to watch in their dance apparel, besides, they were really great dancers!

 

I didn’t take a lot of pictures, I didn’t want to pack the camera around a lot because we wanted to dance. And dance we did, each evening for several hours. My favorite part was to dance when the Ghost Riders band was playing (yes, real instruments), while the different National callers did their thing. It was 99.9% singing calls which are fun, so you just dance.  Also, it was all Mainstream calls, so the squares would not break down very much (someone forgot how to do a move and didn’t end up in the right place).

 

On the day of registration, Jim and I took the people mover and rode around to check out downtown Detroit. It was a great way to see the different sections without working very hard :) The people mover tickets were part of the package, so it was an even better deal. We camped out at the Wayne County Fairgrounds with about 70 other campers that were square dancers. We had our own dance Wednesday night! It was a lot of fun and many of the other people camping came to watch. Maybe we will get a few new dancers down the road.

 

This video is of Wade Driver calling, another Texas caller that we love. I focused on one of the squares that was made up of several dancers from Japan. They were really fun to watch.

 

 

here are a few pictures while wandering around near the COBO Center where the convention was held:

 

fountain with GM/Chrysler Bldg behind

fountain with GM/Chrysler Bldg behind

 

sculpture in the same park

sculpture in the same park

 

Here is a picture of “our” call KO Jeanes (from Livingston Boots & Babes Square Dance club) dancing in a square right before he called the next tip. He was able to call several days including backup several times in the evening dances.

 

KO Jeanes dancing in a square

KO Jeanes dancing in a square

 

Dancers from Japan

Dancers from Japan

 

 

 

April 16th, 2011 | in Square Dancing | Leave a comment

The last annual Jubilee, Boots & Babes square dance club held it’s 20th dance on April 3rd. It was bittersweet, it was a great dance with not much turn-out. Those that did make it had an awesome time! The food was great, the callers were exceptional, the friends were having a great time. Sad part was, I didn’t get to dance much because of my back. Instead, I took over 200 pictures! I did dance the last 2 tips (a tip being 1 patter call dance and 1 singing call dance usually). I felt fine afterwards, so I am glad that is all I did. If I had danced the whole dance, I may not be on the road now.

 

Here are a few pictures to remember the dance by…

 

 

KO Jeanes, our club caller for Boots & Babes, got a great group of callers for this last dance:

  • Herman Troutman (called for all 20 Jubilee’s!)
  • Wayne Morvent
  • John Krolczyk
  • Gary Sanders
  • Matt Barnes
  • Bernie Youngblood

and Peg Dockery was the “cuer” for the round dancing. She is a great lady.

 

Here is the video of Matt Barnes calling and Jim dancing, it’s uploaded to YouTube…

 

 

April 15th, 2011 | in Friends, Square Dancing | Leave a comment

We left “Go Texan” on Sunday, Feb. 27th, but we had another dance the following weekend up in Mineola, TX. We decided to just head straight there instead of going back to the house. It’s great to have that advantage! We had never been to Mineola, so it was a little adventure. The town is known for its antiques, so Jim and I did a little looking. We checked out several of the eateries also, definitely Southern Texan cooking!

We took a day to head over to Van Zandt county so that I could do a little genealogy research, the county seat is Canton. That same day/weekend also happened to be what I had always heard as Canton Flea Market, but it’s really called First Monday Trade Days. The entire town is taken over by the largest flea market you have ever seen! We didn’t take the time to do any shopping (much to my chagrin) but we needed to get back to the RV.

The weekend was all about the Texas Conclave, where reps from each of the square dancing associations get together to vote in new officers, dance, and visit. This was the 2nd conclave we have been to. Once the rest of our camping group (same group that was at Go Texan) joined us, it was visit, eat, visit, dance, eat, visit some more :)

 

 

April 15th, 2011 | in Friends, Square Dancing | Leave a comment

One of our favorite square dances is the Conroe Country Cousins “Go Texan” dance. It is their big fund raiser for the year and always a great dance. It’s held at a KOA campground just outside of Montgomery, TX which is perfect, we get to take our home on wheels so that we have our own bed! We go with a group of dancers that camp together, which just makes it even better.

Here are a few pictures of what we see and do while at “Go Texan”.

Jim getting ready for the BBQ dinner

Jim getting ready for the BBQ dinner

 

Boots & Babes members resting after dinner before dancing

Boots & Babes members resting after dinner before dancing

 

Jim (red shirt) dancing in a tip

Jim (red shirt) dancing in a tip

 

breakfast the next morning, Jim helping to cook

breakfast the next morning, Jim helping to cook

 

 

cute sign at the RV park around a pond

cute sign at the RV park around a pond

 

Spring at the RV park, red bud tree

Spring at the RV park, red bud tree

 

Always a great time with great friends!