First of all before I forget again, I would like to thank teams 2 & 3 for all the goodies and pre-dance set up and post-dance put away work for the dance last week with Dennis Mineau, Marshall Flippo and Jacqui Landau. Also thanks to teams 1 & 4 for the same at Monday’s dance with Dee Dee Dougherty and Pat Hilton. There were plenty of snacks left for last night’s New Graduate dance as well. Anne was cleaning up and made an announcement that no one was permitted to leave without taking something home off the table. Anyway when it comes to the administrative side, our club is a testament to teamwork.
Monday’s dance was another great one. To begin with the audio gremlins of the last three dances took a holiday. Dee Dee ended up sparking questions to Bo on Tuesday about Flip and Cut the Diamond and Fan the Top. She called Fan the Top several times with the men in the center turning three quarters and the ladies on the end moving up a quarter. She also cut the diamond several times with the men on the points. Dee Dee is not really very difficult, she just fast and really wears you down through the course of a tip. You really have to be on your toes to keep up.
There were 111 Spinners and guests and I didn’t keep Shirley’s notes so I’m not sure who was raiding and retrieving. We were celebrating the Spinners 23rd We-Done-It which was completed in March of this year. We were honored to have the Metro Presidents, Ron and Pat Hazslip present Barry and Joy with the updated We-Done-It banner. For our newer members, the We-Done-It is just a way of honoring our club for how much effort we put in to supporting all the other clubs. There is a technical explanation about why it was so long between completing the We-Done-It and the celebration. Basically we forgot!
Also, on the subject of the We-Done-It, thanks to all the faithful raiders and retrievers who enjoy dancing so much they are willing to travel to all ends of the metro area several times a week to dance and sometimes dine with their fellow Spinners.
Tuesday’s New Graduate Dance was a bit low on attendance. We had 34 Spinners, 3 free spirits and one who didn’t sign in for a total of 38. Bo’s wife Agnes made a total of 39, so we danced 5 squares a couple of times with a “phantom man” in the square of 7. Gail was dancing in the spot that the man was missing so we named the phantom “un-Clarence”. He’s a perfect dancer. He never made a mistake once! At least not that anyone could see! JJ Walker decided to try to occupy the “phantom” position for two tips and it was honestly like he has been dancing all along. He has not danced since 2004 which is an 8 year furlough. I guess when you’ve been dancing for 25 years, 8 years off doesn’t dim the square dance reflexes. He cautioned us that we may need to call him ambulance. When JJ started dancing, there were 55 square dance clubs in the St. Louis area. How times change.
We did learn two items of trivia on both Monday and Tuesday. According to Gene McGinty, Dee Dee started out as a round dance cuer. That defies the imagination! Gene was complaining how she hasn’t seemed to him to age much. On Tuesday we learned that Stan Mangogna took square dance lessons from Bo Semith in 1980.
Just a reminder that Ginny Morgan has the Spinners casual shirts available in white, black, and red. They are $22 for all sizes. She warns us that the sizes run small so you may wish to order one size larger than you are accustomed to if you choose to order. They can be ordered personalized with your first name.
Don’t forget in just two weeks on Monday August 27th, we will be dancing to Randy Dougherty, Dee Dee’s brother. The last time I recall Randy calling for us was sometime in 1999. Pat Hilton will cue the rounds.
That’s about all for now.
Stan & Shirl