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This article appears in the September issue of Central Ohio's CUES & TIPS magazine.

Usually when I sit down to write this article, I have an inspiration or some platform – but today I am at a loss. So, let me walk down memory lane a bit. Sometimes I think about the callers and cuers whom we have lost over the years. Perhaps this is natural since I was married to one of those, Eldon Lovingshimer – and your past experiences lead you to remember others. We not only lost callers due to death, but also due to the need to relocate, change job requirements, age, or just tiredness from the grind. As much as callers or cuers can love the activity, it is easy for them to get weary of the demands – from inadvertent overbooking, driving in miserable conditions, missing family events, or just life in general. Sometimes we dancers need to be aware of this. Sometimes we need to be more supportive of our local callers. After all, it is those local callers who get us ready for the festivals, special weekends, and conventions.


And what fun I and others have had at these special dances – through caravanning to other states, dancing into the night after a day of sight-seeing, and enjoying time away from home with good friends. But most of all when I walk down this memory lane, I am so grateful for all the friends I have made over the years. We all have square dance friends who go above and beyond when we are sick, hurting, or just needing diversion from life’s harder moments. And now I am smiling at the joys that I have felt. Oh, by the way, I have an older brother and sister-in-law who are just starting dancing out in Arizona. I am excited for them. What a grand time they should be expecting.


Special thanks to all our summer callers – Jason Raleigh, Tom Davis, John Ramsey, Tom Strickland, Mark Patterson, Travis Cook, Homer Magnet, and Jack Pladdys – along with our summer cuers Mark Johnson, Phyllis Burdette, and Chuck Berry. It is so great to have a nice variety of voices at our dances. Bob Daye did a great job during our lessons last year in getting the new dancers ready for these and other dances.


Now for the start of our new square dance year. In September, we have one dance on the 29th with caller Kristy Williams and cuer Phyllis Burdette. Then in October we have two dances. The first one is on the 13th with caller Jimmy Robison and cuer Dave Blaskis. Then on the 27th, we will have a Halloween Dance with caller Travis Cook and cuer Chuck Berry. Feel free to come in costume if you wish. There will be prizes for this. Be sure to put these dates on your calendars and check out our future dances on Facebook and on our website: www.grovecitywesternsquares.com.  Check out all the flyers we have available.


Our new officers – president Mary Furniss, vice-president Cindy Gilfillen, treasurer Jim and Debbie Meyer, and secretary Janet Bell are working hard on our classes for next year. We again will have Bob Daye as our instructor and will have our classes at the Evans Senior Center on Mondays at 7:30 – 9:30 PM.  Thanks to Mark and Sandy Misicka for all the hard work on the flyers we have on classes and dances. We also thank Pat Jones for booking our callers and Tommy Seymour for booking our cuers during this new year. All these jobs are hard, but we are lucky to have such talented people fill the bill.


The demo we had for the U.S. Postal Managers meeting in June turned out to be great fun with almost three squares participating and many observers dancing. And we enjoyed our summer banner activities. We look forward to more of these activities this fall. Contact Anita O’Donnell to schedule coming to our dances.


As we start back to the new year’s activities, take care in all your travels. We look forward to seeing you in a square.


Barb Lovingshimer