Area square dance clubs to swing partners together

NEIGHBORS

August 22, 1994|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

The Friendship Squares Square Dance Club will join 57 Baltimore-area square dance clubs for an evening of dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Cow Palace in Timonium.

The Friendship Squares meet regularly at Linthicum Elementary School, except during the summer. They also offer weekly classes for beginners.

Friendship's first square dance class began in the fall of 1970. In May 1971, the club was formed with 24 members. It now has approximately 120 members. Steve Jacques calls out the square dance routines, while Mark Scott handles the cues for the round dance. Donald and Linda Hampshire are the co-presidents. Ralph and Shirly Simi are the co-vice presidents. Nathan and Mary Nutter are the co-secretaries. Frank and Mary Fries are the co-treasurers.

The Friendship Squares participate in modern western square dancing and round dancing. Western dancing to country music is an international activity. All calls are standardized and taught in English throughout the world.

Round dancing, which accompanies many square dance activities, is similar to ballroom dancing but is synchronized and done to cues. Round dancing is performed to classical, rock 'n' roll and many other types of music. It is not an international activity, but all U.S. dancers can execute the movements uniformly by learning a pre-arranged program.

The dancers come from all walks of life. Many of their demonstrations are held at local festivals, shopping malls, schools and nursing homes. The Maryland Square Dancers TC donate thousands of dollars annually to various charities. Friendship Squares' charity is the American Lung Association. Money for the association is raised through raffles, candy sales and donations from businesses.

There are 57 square or round dance clubs in the Baltimore area. These clubs are composed of approximately 3,000 square and round dancers. All 57 clubs belong to local and national federations that promote square dancing as a wholesome activity. Square dances are held in alcohol-free and smoke-free environments, and are open to all age groups, singles and couples.

Dances and classes will resume in September. Beginners classes start Sept. 14 and are held every Wednesday. The first lesson is free. Additional lessons will probably cost no more than $3.50.

Anyone who already knows how to square dance is invited to join the Friendship Squares at 8 p.m. on the first Saturday and the third Friday of each month. Visitors are welcome to watch.

The club will hold demonstrations from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Glen Burnie Mall. They also will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Anne Arundel County Fair in Crownsville.

Interested parties may call the Hampshires at 760-9518, or the Mason-Dixon Square Dancers Federation at 825-4621.

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The Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, will hold a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a gospel music program at 7:15 p.m. The event is free and is part of the final vespers service of the summer.

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The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, sponsors of the Concert in the Park series, is pleased to announce that the Grey, Green & Travers Trio concert that was rained out last month has been re-scheduled.

The trio will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday in Linthicum Park. The group is well-known for playing bluegrass, show tunes, folk ballads and contemporary favorites.

The support of the Crestwood Improvement Association, Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Linthicum Lions Club, the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association and the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum has made the summer concert series a success.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off of Camp Meade Road, Route 170. Bring blankets and chairs and, if you wish, a picnic supper.

The concert will be canceled if it rains. For additional information, call 859-3308 or 789-7546.

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The Linthicum Security Patrol will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cavalier Printing Company on Camp Meade Road. Current members and those interested in the patrol are urged to attend. Volunteers will have a chance to sign up for a regular schedule.

5) Information: Mike Daniel at 859-8586.

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