This page was last updated on Jan. 17, 2021. The Modern Square is the ASSDF's publication, containing reports from the various square and round dance clubs and organizations across Arkansas...as well as information on upcoming special dances. The ASSDF, and your fellow square and round dancers THANK YOU in advance for your support, and subscription.
One of the features with The Modern Square are the Club Reports from the various square and round dance clubs in the state. These are prepared by the Club Reporters, which can be a caller, cuer, or a dancer, who has agreed to do the job.
The reports tell of various news items with the club, its members, recent and upcoming dances, plus changes and cancellations, among other items.
For The Modern Square, the reports have to be on the desk of the Editor by a certain day of the month, preceding the month of issue (such as April 14 for the May issue), If the Editor does not receive it in time, the report is likely to not be published. The e-Edition usually is emailed first, then the print edition is mailed to those who have such. For more details, see The Modern Square page on this website.
As Editor, if a report misses the deadline, it will be on this page, as well as on a page on the original website (designed for slower internet connections), located here. Reports noted below are in the February, 2021 issue, which was just finished, sent to the printer, and emailed. Due to a file error at my end last month, reports for January and February have been combined.
Work on the March, 2021 issue will start on Jan. 29, 2020...its reports will be posted on Feb. 16, 2021.
Club: Maverick Mixers
Reporter: Daryl Stout
Member And Visitor Birthday Yellowrocks for January go to Amika Becker; with Anniversary Yellowrocks for February to Ted and Phyllis Keeney. My apologies for those I may have missed.
Yours truly was involved in a wreck in early January, and my car got totaled out, but I've found a replacement vehicle; and I'm getting chiropractic care. Plus, I canceled my trip to the National Square Dance Convention in Jackson, Mississippi. Our thoughts and prayers continue for Jim Finney and his wife Nancy, as Jim continues dealing with medical issues.
Joey Duhamel called our Christmas Dance, as our own Phil Moorehouse was unable to be there. It was my first dancing since March, and I was sore the next day!! Several members traveled to Eureka Springs for the Jan. 2 dance with The Three Amigos. Pictures are in the e-Edition.
Note that we're dancing at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday (no dancing on the 5th Saturday). Please go to our Facebook page for the latest updates. At the dances, temperatures will be taken, masks will be required, and hand sanitizer will be available, but there won't be a duty square.
Club: Swingin' Cavaliers
Reporter: Anita Vandergriff
I can't believe another year has come and gone, and most of it without dancing. That would be bad enough, but I think I’ve replaced exercise with eating those evenings, and no way to work it off!
We were blessed to have three couples meet, and get married last year. JW and Clyda were even hoping to have a Square Dance at the wedding celebration, but that wasn't possible.
Hoping Covid-19 will run its course, and back off in the New Year, so we can resume our joyful evenings with friends again. We’ll still be Dark until it's safe; but really missing everyone, and hoping all stay safe and healthy.
Club: Blue Belles And Beaus
Reporter: Mary Craig
Unfortunately, the Blue Belles And Beaus will remain dark until at least April 1, 2021, if not longer, due to COVID-19. If we can resume dancing, a Plus workshop will be held at 6pm. Please call before traveling to be sure the club is dancing that evening.
Club: Levi's And Lace
Reporter: Phyllis Keeney
Jim Finney needs our prayers, as he battles to regain his health. Please pray for Jim and Nancy, as they're a team. Curtis Hopkins is in the hospital battling Covid; please pray for him and Betty...they are very dear to us. Jim Webb and Diane Wilkins are facing serious health issues...please keep them covered with your prayers, too. Carolyn Gancarczyk is doing much better. She hopes to be walking without her ''boot'' soon. She'll be back dancing asap, I know.
Many thanks to Phil Moorehouse and Joey Duhamel for The Three Amigos January dance. Gene was taking care of Carolyn, being the chief cook and shopper. And, of course, Covid has kept many away; but they had an awesome, fun dance. We're so grateful for the both of you, and for you keeping up the tradition. Hopefully, we will be ''normal'' for the next one.
I try to stay safe, because I have Mom and Chris to take care of. They keep me very busy. I fell off a log while hiking with the girls. (Leaned on a tree for support -- bad news...it was dead). It's painfully possible to keep going with hurt ribs, but not with Covid-19; plus I'd be exposing others. I'll be glad when this gets better, if ever. But this is reality for now. We pray for all our square dance family. Please stay well, and Happy Valentine's Day to all.
Club: Heber Springers
Reporter: Jeanne Winningham
There's a new slate of officers for the Heber Springers. Jeanne Winningham and Jo Workman are Co-Presidents...Helen Jensen is Vice President...Rhonda Sullivan is Secretary... Wilma Sanders and Theresa Tubbs are Co-Treasurers, and Phil Moorehouse as caller.
Phil was unavailable for the clubs Christmas Dance...but Roy Hestand, Jr., caller for the Pioneers and Ozark Promenaders, joined Carolyn Birdsong, caller for the Bluebird Squares, to call the dance.
Club: Twirling Lariats
Reporter: Heidi Whitman
Happy Valentine's Day, fellow square dancers! Let's make every effort to stir one another up to love and good deeds.
We danced on Friday, December 4 at the Hut for our Christmas party. We had two full squares most of the time and everyone had a great time, in spite of the face masks! Several club members also traveled to Eureka Springs for the Three Amigos dance on January 2, which I hear was a blast!
However, we are postponing further dances until February 19, due to the recent ADH directives on indoor public gatherings. This will be our Valentine's Day dance. Hopefully by then the restrictions will be lifted. But we will still wear masks, check temps and use hand sanitizer between tips.
If you're 70 years old or older, YOU can help us get back to dancing faster by getting your COVID-19 vaccine now! If you're in Central Arkansas, you can call CHI St. Vincent at 501-552-6843 to get on their schedule. And many pharmacies are offering them as well. I will be lining up as soon as I'm eligible for sure!
Until we meet again -- virtual yellow rocks!!
Club: Bluebird Squares
Reporter: Carolyn Birdsong
I'm praying we're seeing the end of the virus, with the vaccine being available. I can't wait until we can have everyone dancing again!
I've been in contact with Dorothy Pumphrey's daughter, Ginny. As with so many others, the lockdown has been hard on Dorothy. We all remember how sassy Dorothy always was; and unfortunately, she has mobility trouble (still going at 102), but in a wheelchair now. Dorothy has always had a special place in my heart, because she was responsible for getting me into square dancing! Ginny has given me Dorothy's square dance clothes, and I asked if she would mind me selling them, and she said not at all. So, I'll have Dorothy's (and some of her sister's) clothes at my February dance for sale. Clothes $5, shoes and petticoats $10. All proceeds to go to the Bluebird Squares. I have her address if anyone would like to have it.
Theresa Tubbs and I decided to go to the Three Amigos Dance at around 10:30 the night before, and we're sure glad we did! It snowed from Theresa's house to Eureka Springs, and I was white knuckled; even though Theresa assured me it wasn't sticking! The Fun Dance from 3-5, and the main attraction at 7 were a lot of fun! Donna Gellenbeck, Ken Jarman, Roy Hestand and I took turns calling during the Fun Dance. Phil Moorehouse and Joey Duhamel did a great job that night, even though they were missing Gene Gancarczyk. Prayers going to Carolyn for her ankle to heal. We even had fun at the meals. It was great sitting around a big table and laughing with square dancers again. Square dancers are a great group!
We had 17 eat, and 18 dance, at our Thanksgiving Gobble And Dance. The food was really good, thanks to Tommy Ward! I cooked the turkey and gravy, but he made the cranberry jalapeno dip, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, candied yams, rolls, and creamy pumpkin pie -- all from scratch! Thanks to Theresa Tubbs for her fabulous cherry pie! We hardly had any leftovers, much to my chagrin. A good time was had by all! We had our Christmas dance, December 19th -- Phil Moorehouse couldn't make that dance, or the Heber Springers' Christmas Dance And Potluck December 11th. I was planning to go anyway; and Roy Hestand and I ended up calling the dance. The food was awesome, and then we got to work it off! That's really the best way to square dance, isn't it? Lol! We celebrated Mick and Gloria Watts' birthdays on the same day! It's always good to see all the people up there!
We had our Chili Supper Dance on January 16th...and our dance in February will be the 20th. We'll have all mushy love songs since it is the month of love (Valentines Day)!
I will continue taking temperatures, and have plenty of hand sanitizer. If you want to wear a mask while you're dancing, that is ok, some do. Again, if you feel uncomfortable being around people, or have a fever or a cough, can't taste or smell your wine, please don't come!
Hope ya'll come over and laugh and dance with us!