Good VillageSquareday morning. Unfortunately this could be my last Blog on this site, Typepad have changed things somehow and posting a Blog is becoming a problem. Yesterday everything disappeared, so now I have to look around and find a Blog host out there somewhere. We are looking forward to this evening when we see all the Village Square Gang again along with a crowd of New Dancer prospects.
I see working with this site is not going well today, so I'll leave it here and go searching for something new. Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.
Can anyone tell me where the summer has gone? There are only 21 more night-time sleeps (I don't count daytime sleeps) until September 4th when The VILLAGE SQUARES (The best little Club in the universe including three or four other places) will host their first OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW DANCERS at the Roy G. Hobbs Seniors Centre in Orleans. If you are a Square Dancer and know of anyone interested in learning to Square Dance please pass this message on to them.
I guess summer is slowly heading south, making way for fall and winter to lay a blanket of leaves and then snow upon us. Some of the Fall Fairs have already begun in our area, a sign that it will soon be time to pack up at the camp ground and tuck the trailer away for another seven mounths and say so long to camping and "HELLO SQUARE DANCING". Well I guess I shoud start refreshing this old mind on all the Calls on all the Lists to prevent the confusion of calling a Plus Call in a Basic Class.
Anyway, I must go and get on with my day and let you get on with yours, I hope everyone is well or improving health wise and enjoying what's left of summer while looking forward to Square Dancing soon. Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you soon.
Yep, we are home and truly blessed that we had another safe journey without incident, covered miles & miles (km) of road (some of it rough), saw an expanse of country (we do have a lot of trees in Ontario), visited with many friends, even made a few new friends, relaxed, laughed, cried and ate way too much food. There is only the memory of the friends, the fun and the good times left in our minds now which we keep there till next summer when we return to Peep's Pond and Eden.
Now we must prepare for another Square Dance season and hope we get a huge class of New Dancers for the Village Squares (the best little Club in the universe). However we are still spending a good bit of time at Lake Dore, maybe take the boat out and drown some worms if the weather cooperates and I can afford the gas.
I will leave it here for now, hoping that this finds you, our readers, also having a great summer and in perfect health. Take care of yourself and each other and we'll see you back on the dance floor very soon.
Yes, today we leave Peep's Pond and Eden and start heading back home. It has been a great month for us here, visiting all our friends and making new ones, lots of laughs and good times, with only the weather not always cooperating, but that's okay, the warmth and smiles of our friend makes up for any unfavourable weather. Here's wishing you a great rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Good morning, yes it's summer at Peep's Pond and the weather is great, 25 to 30 C most every day and sunny, just a few thunder showers at night, no big deal. It has been almost too hot the last few days but we managed to tough it out. We are well and happy, except we are eating too much and I will probably put on too much weight.
I try to put in about two hours a day at the craft of our favourite activity and have found that over the years I have forgotten some of the techniques I used thirty or more years ago, a little refreshment is in good order in bringing them back into the front of my mind, always figure refreshments for the root system helps the tree become stronger.
We have gotten to visit lot of our friends that are a huge part of our Sky Diving Family, some we haven't seen for a few years, were here for a visit and that is nice. Big talent contest coming up for Saturday at the end of Gavin Days and after the feast, so either I have to get the old six-string tuned up or teaching a bunch of Skydiver to Square Dance as these are the only two little talents I could enter, but I don't think there's a category for either, it will be fun anyway.
You all have a great rest of the summer and I see you when I see you, in the meantime take care of yourself and each other.
Good morning, I think this is going to be a fairly nice day, sunny this morning and 13C with a light breeze out of the East and a 40% chance we could get a shower this afternoon and a high temperature of 22C.
We are now on vacation from Square Dance Calling, which means that we don't have to load and unload equipment every other day, Judy doesn't have to bake cookies every other day unless she wants to, we don't have to sing everyday unless of course I want to or we pull the guitars out and have a jam at the lake. I did discover while working on a little project the other day, that there is some things which I don't use all the time that I've forgotten, so I'll be spending some time at that. It is always good to work a couple of hours a day just to keep the mind stimulated, and to keep it from getting clogged up with useless political issues. Thank you to all the Advanced Dancers attending our spring Practice Sessions, I hope you had some fun and I know you had a few laughs. It was great to see Bill & Kay Burton last night, who came up from Cornwall to say goodbye, they are moving back home to the UK.
I will not be writing this blog daily or even weekly, but rather weakly from time to time, when we have an internet connection. I will get the start-up dates for The Village Squares, PJ's, Adams Aces, and The Cookie Club, up on the web as soon as I can. Get healthy, or stay healthy, enjoy the weather, take care of yourself and each other and we'll see you on the Dance floor in September.
Good morning to you and to the sun, sitting up above the horizon because I slept in again. It's looking like not too bad a day, right now at 7:15 the temperature is 13C with a NW wind at 10km/h, it should get to about 21C by this afternoon.
This evening is our Last A2 Session until the Fall so I'll try to cover all the Calls on the list, all the Calls that we expanded on, and maybe if time allows I'll try and fill some of the request I had from last week. The Calls we expanded on are. "Checkmate" from a Double Pass Thru & Completed Double Pass Thru, "Motivate" from all the Wave Positions Right & Left, "Scoot & Weave" from Waves, Quarter Tags, Columns, & Box, "Split / Box Transfer", "Pass & Roll Your Neighbour + Spread ", All 8, Single, "In Roll Circulate 1&1/2", "Spin The Windmill 1&1/2", "Transfer and Anything", "Out Roll Circulate 1/2". Someone requested some "C", like "Scoot and Little" or "Scoot and Plenty" and I was thinking of "Anything Motivate" In Roll, Out Roll, Split, Trade, Split Counter. Oh well, we see how it goes, it's always fun to do something new or different.
I will leave it here for today, so take care of yourself and each other and I see you when I see you.
Good Tuesday Morning to you and to another rainy day here in the Capital of the Nation, where the temperature is 16C that feels like 14C and about 10mm of rain expected, accompanied with an East wind of 25km/h.
This may not be a very nice day for us, but it is a good day for Sir Rhythm, who gets to go to the Spa this morning for a couple of hours, and I get to work on my finale Square Dance Program, bringing to a close 320 hours of Calling this past 2012/13 Square Dance Season and 39 Seasons lifetime. As the TV ad for Canadian Tire says, "My work here, is complete".
I'll leave it here for today so take care of yourself and each other and I see you when I see you.
Wow, what a cool rainy last few days we have had here in the Capital of our Nation. The temperature now in "O"town is 12C with a NE breeze of 5km/h and light rain. Light rain produces exactly the same results as heavy rain, "you're gonna get wet", it just takes a little longer.
Wednesday evening there was some discussion on the Call "Spin The Windmill". I have researched and reviewed this Call in several different information sources I have, and here are my results.
1. Spin The Windmill (Right, Left, In, Out, Ahead). From anywhere with a centre wave or centre facing couples (eg.,3/4 tag, or trade by): Centres Swing, Slip, and Cast 3/4, while the outside Face as directed and Circulate two positions. If the centres start in facing couples, they first Touch, then finish the Call. Left Spin The Windmill is similar, but, (It may only be used with the centres in facing couples or a left-hand wave). (If the centres are in facing couples, they Left Touch before doing the Swing, Slip, and Cast 3/4). Accepted uses: From a 1/4 tag, 3/4 tag, trade by. Marginal uses: from a Double Pass Thru. Uses to avoid: Having the outsides turn to face the centres before their Circulates. Making it Challenging:From Parallel Diamonds "Spin The Windmill, outsides straight ahead or Spin The Windmill, outsides face out & go 1 spot, [They wind up trading]. Having the centres Pass In or Lock It, first (ends in a T-Bone). Extensions:Have the outsides go 1&1/2.
Resource #2: From a Generalized 1/4 Tag, Generalized Columns with the Centers facing In, or other applicable formations. Centers: Arm Turn 1/2; Very Centers Trade; & Cast Off 3/4. Outsides: Individually turn 1/4 toward the given direction & Circulate twice. Generalized Columns or Generalized 1/4 Tag ends in Parallel Lines. The given direction is usually In, Out, Right, or Left. Occasionally, the caller may use Forward (or As You Are) (meaning don't Turn 1/4) or Back (meaning do a U-Turn Back). The caller can modify how far the Outsides Circulate. For example, Spin The Windmill Right But Ends Circulate 1 & 1/2. The Centers part of Spin The Windmill can also be thought of as an Any Hand Swing Thru (Arm Turn 1/2 + Very Centers Trade) then Cast Off 3/4. Be sure to do the Cast Off 3/4 precisely and then hold your position within the Center Box. Don't necessarily expect someone to connect to you to form Parallel Lines or Waves. It may be that the starting formation was T-Bone, the caller directed the Outsides to Circulate a different amount, or the caller gave the Outsides a different call. The Outsides part is to individually turn 1/4 toward the given direction and then Circulate twice. First turn 1/4 in place, then 'take a mental snapshot' of the 4-dancer Outside formation. Now, Circulate two spots within that formation. Count the spots as you go! You may or may not end holding hands with a Center dancer. Moreover, after the turn 1/4, you may be facing or back-to-back with the other End: don't panic - just do your part and Circulate two positions.
There are four more resources I have, but they are just a repete of what is here. All you have to do is memorize this definition, figure out how you will apply it to every position you may occupy, and there should never be a problem with Spin the Windmill ever again, unless of course you forget. The best part is, that, Callers MUST KNOW THIS and more for EVERY CALL ON EVERY LIST, DANCERS SHOULD KNOW THIS, ALSO.
I'll leave it here for now, stay dry, stay warm, take care of yourself and each other, if you're a Square Dancer, curl up beside the fireplace with all your Definition Books and your Dolls and have a ball (don't get addicted, you could end up being a Caller).