LOTSA THANK YOUS and Other August News

Louisville Old Time Squares Association bio photo By Louisville Old Time Squares Association

Hello, all,

First, let us voice an overwhelming “THANK YOU!” to everybody who came out to LOTSA’s three year anniversary dance last month. We make these dances happen because you all keep coming to ‘em, and it’s ya’ll who make them happening! LOTSA’s celebration certainly was happening.

Special thanks to Please & Thank You and Jane Mattingly for helping us with that awesome birthday cake, and to T-Claw for not only calling but also baking the squared pie.

Plenty of dancing this month, and some exciting announcements for the fall.

In October, Dare to be Square, a weekend of square dance and music, will be coming to Nashville. They’ve been held all around the country, but this is the closest we’ve had one to Louisville. This is not something to miss, folks. Caller, dancer, musician workshops during the day, hot dancing to hot tunes at night. Volunteer and sponsorships are being sought; see the details below to get in touch.

In November, our regular Hoedown falls adjacent to Louisville Country Dancers’ annual Fleur de Lis Fling contra dance weekend, and we are fortunate enough to share some amazing talent with them: band Turnip the Beet and caller Will Mentor. If you’d like to get in more dancing to them, register for Fleur de Lis Fling, and register soon. Registration has been open only one week, and it is already more than 25% sold out. More information can be found below.

Here’s to three years of hoedowns, and many more years to come. See y’all on the dance floor!

Old time jam led by Harry Bickel every Thursday evening at Danny Mac’s Pizza.

Contra dancing with the Louisville Country Dancers every Monday evening at Highlands Community Campus.

Louisville Sacred Harp Singing will not be meeting during the summer.

Tuesday, August 11th

Northside Square Dance, Peter Rogers calling

Cincinnati, OH

Northside Squares love Peter Rogers! It’s his 3rd visit from Frankfort KY to call really fun old-time circles and squares. He’s smooth, he’s confident, and he makes it soooooooo easy for beginners and veteran dancers alike. Bring your whoops and hollers. If it’s the 2nd Tuesday, it’s time for the Northside Tavern back room square dance, donation $5 per dancer. Don’t forget to buy beers from back room barkeep Amanda Daulton; that keeps us in our wonderful dance space. Music by the Northside Volunteers.

See the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, August 15th

Louisville Country Dancers Third Saturday contra dance with Emily Ann Thompson Band, Barbara Ramlow calling

Highlands Community Campus

This month, Louisville Country Dancers’ third Saturday will be played by the Emily Ann Thompson Band from Indianapolis and called by Barbara Ramlow from Lexington.

Prices will be $5 for those under 30 yrs and $8 for those 30 yrs or older; first timers will, as always, be free. The beginners lesson will be held at 7:30 PM with the full dance starting at 8:00 PM

If you have not danced with LCD in a while please note the new location.

Highlands Community Campus
1228 E Breckinridge St, Louisville, KY 40204

See the Louisville Country Dancers website, the Facebook event, or the Meetup event for more details.

Sunday, August 16th

Irish set dancing

Molly Malone's on Baxter Ave

Deborah Denenfeld will be leading dancers in Irish sets to live music from 5pm to 8pm at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (933 Baxter Ave). This is not the high kicking, on their toes, Irish step dance of Riverdance. Set dancing is social dancing, traditional to many parlors and pubs in communities throughout Ireland, done in square formation to jigs, reels and hornpipes. Deborah’s been fortunate to learn these dances in Ireland and now leads Irish sets in Louisville. It’s easy, requires no prior knowledge, and you don’t need to bring a partner. Dancing is interspersed by socializing over food and beverages. Big fun! Live music! All moves taught!

If you can, please RSVP to Deborah: 502-889-6584

See the Facebook event for more details.

Thursday, August 20th

Third Thursday
Hoedown in Germantown

featuring Olive, the Other Reindeer
with Peter Rogers calling

Louisville Old Time Squares Association presents our old-time square dance social!

Doors open at 7pm with jamming in the bar
Beginners dance workshop around 7:30pm
DANCING 8–10:30pm

Come one, come all, EVERYONE! ALL ages. ALL levels of experience.

$5 at the door (veterans, youth, & volunteers free)

AMVETS Post 9 & Danny Mac’s Pizza
1567 S Shelby St
Louisville, KY 40217

Olive, the Other Reindeer is:
Tom Cunningham on fiddle
Ben Andrews on guitar
David Brooks on banjo
Chet Gray on bass

Peter Rogers does NOT disappoint when it comes to calling square dances! He does things the old-time, just right kinda way!

All dances TAUGHT. No experience necessary. No one is required to dance. It is a SOCIAL event. Predominantly simple and traditional southern figures. No dress code, No partner needed. Anyone can dance with ANYONE regardless of gender.

Wanna JAM? Harry Bickel’s old time music jam is in the bar, beginning at 7pm. Bring your instrument to participate in the all level jam! No cover if you’re just going to jam, but please enter through Danny Mac’s main door.

See the Facebook event or the Meetup event for more details, or if you’d like to volunteer to help set up, work the door, or clean up (and get into the dance for free!)

Friday, August 21st

Third Friday Dance in Vernon with Brad Leftwich and The Hogwire Stringband

Vernon, IN

Join us for another Square Dance in the streets of Vernon! The Dance starts at 7:00 on Brown St. next to the courthouse and is an all ages event.

Free! Free! Free!
No experience necessary!
We teach you all the dances!

Tamara Loewenthal calls the moves while Brad Leftwich and the Hogwire Stringband play the tunes!

This will be a very special Third Friday in Vernon! Brad Leftwich and The Hogwire Stringband will be taking a break from their international touring to come down and play some tunes for us in Vernon.

Come on out and let’s show them how we dance in Vernon!

The Hogwire Stringband presents an exciting and sophisticated brand of American roots music, blending rich vocal harmonies with superb fiddle-driven melodies backed by a dynamic rhythm section. Brad Leftwich anchors this new band on fiddle and vocals, with long-time musical partner Linda Higginbotham on banjo and banjo uke, Sam Bartlett adding powerful rhythmic support on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, and Abby Ladin completing the sound on stand-up bass and vocals. The band is based in Bloomington, Indiana, deep in the heartland of the U.S.A.

See the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, September 5th

Dance for the Trees benefit potluck and square dance

Lazy Black Bear, Paoli, IN

The Indiana Forest Alliance invites you to Dance for the Trees at the Lazy Black Bear, a beautiful retreat tucked away in the Hoosier National Forest, near Paoli, Indiana. Join us on Saturday, September 5th for a potluck and square dance to benefit the IFA. Bring a dish to share for the potluck at 6:30 pm, and your dancing shoes for the square dance from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. All levels of experience are welcome!

Music will be provided by the New Hoosier Broadcasters, with Tamara Loewenthal and Alexander Udis calling.

The IFA is asking for a $10 suggested donation. All door proceeds go towards the Indiana Forest Alliance and their fight to protect Indiana’s public forests. While you are there, you can also join IFA or renew your membership for $25, and get in the door for free! Your contribution will be MATCHED by the McKinney Family Foundation!

The Lazy Black Bear is located at 3875 S Co Rd 50 W, Paoli, IN. For more information, contact the Indiana Forest Alliance at audrey@indianaforestalliance.org or 812-269-6404.

Thursday, October 1st–Sunday, October 4th

Dare to be Square Tennessee

Nashville Edition

Dare To Be Square Tennessee – Nashville Edition An old time music, dance, and square dance calling weekend

October 1st–4th, 2015 www.daretobesquare.org

Bands: The Hogslop String Band, The Four Prophet String Band, Turnip the Beet and more Callers: Nancy Mamlin, Will Mentor, T-Claw and more

Weekend Pass: $40 Early Bird price (Before August 31st) $60 Regular Price 15 & under free with chaperon *Saturday Evening Dance is off site with a separate cover

Buy Tickets http://dtbstn.bpt.me/

RSVP and spread the word www.fb.com/events/1603874016546845/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you’d like to help out, email dtbstn@gmail.com

CAMPING and FOOD available for an additional charge. Primitive camping at Bells Bend Outdoor Center (4.5 miles away from main venue) 4187 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville, TN 37218

Calling, dancing, and music workshops Friday, all day Saturday, and Sunday. More details to come.

Evening Dances open to the PUBLIC: $5-$10 at the door

A description of what to expect: All dances will be TAUGHT all weekend. No experience is necessary. No one is required to dance, call, or play. It is a SOCIAL event. The focus will be on simple and traditional southern Appalachian figures, partner dancing, and old music. No dress code or partner is needed needed. Anyone can dance with ANYONE regardless of gender.

Questions: dtbstn@gmail.com or 615-430-8230

Scholarship and work-trade applications will be available soon.


See the Facebook event for more details.

Friday, November 20th–Sunday, November 22nd

Louisville Country Dancers
Fleur de Lis Fling 2015

featuring The Stringrays
with Will Mentor calling
and Turnip the Beet
with Michael Hamilton calling

Registration opened August 1st. After one week, Fleur de Lis Fling is more than 25% sold out of the new larger hall! Dancers registered from 14 states so far from NM to NY and MN to NC.

LCD has moved to a new, larger hall and will be able to accommodate 40 more dancers for the weekend. Get your registration in early as it have SOLD OUT four years in a row.

Registration forms are available on the Fleur de Lis Fling website.

Fleur de Lis Fling is a weekend of contra (and square) dancing sponsored by the Louisville Country Dancers each November. There will be workshops throughout the day on Saturday and one led by Will Mentor on Sunday for callers.

The Louisville Country Dancers are pleased to welcome The Stringrays to Fleur de Lis Fling 2015! Dancers should prepare to be drawn into a whirlwind of dance music that will lift their feet and hearts while shaking their hips and elbows. Stringrays’ music encapsulates both the improvisational and traditional sides of New England fiddle music. Hot licks are traded back and forth, followed by uplifting tunes played with such freshness that one wouldn’t know they are 100 years old.

Coming to Louisville straight from Nashville, TN, the down-home duo of Turnip the Beet combines both European and American folk influences to produce an organic, musical harvest of toe-tapping tunes. They are no stranger to the contra community, as the band has provided the soundtrack to dozens of contra and square dances in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, and Tennessee since 2013.

See the Fleur de Lis Fling website, the Facebook event, or the Meetup event for more details.

Want to support the dance? Contact us at louisvillesquares@gmail.com

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