Wow! Was I excited as we waited for departure at LAX (Los Angeles airport). Not too many photos were taken of me on this adventure, but you will see me at an old timey house in Kobe, Japan and on a fire hydrant outside Starbucks in Kobe, Japan. Great trip!
Larry here checking in. I went to the “Sail Away” dance on 8/28/2015 that was hosted by the Riverside Single Swinger club at Riverside, California.
On 8/29/2015, I went to Banning, California, for a fun night of square dancing hosted by CCHA (Cow Counties Hoedown Association).
Larry has been spending some time in Maine. Here’s His report
Hi from the woods of Maine!!
we plan to bring Larry to Springfield, Ma. next week & pass him to
another dancer!! he has been on a pond where there are lots of loons & of
course lots of biting bugs. look forward to “moving on ”
hosts J. Carl & Barbara Fournier
Ebeemee Lake, Maine
I, Lottie, have been taking it easy since I arrived in California because it’s hot here compared to Minnesota! When the air turned cooler, I and my chick started itching to get out and dance! In the attached pictures, you’ll see that we attended the Relay The Reindeer Dance held by Diablo Dancers, where we posed for pictures with Steve, Aline, Brad and Lorenzo (his pic is coming) and had a great time sharing the message of square dancing: it’s all “Friendship Set to Music.”
After spending a few weeks in the company of Triangle Squares dancers in Toronto, I and my chick Loki (aka Snack) flew with club president Susan C to Vancouver on June 24 for the 29th annual IAGSDC convention, “Dance Up a Storm,” hosted by Squares Across the Border.
We got there a few days early because Susan was attending caller school. We dropped in on the school a few times ourselves, to help the new callers practise their routines.
It was thrilling to see all the new talent in the room. There were students from all across Canada and the US. Hats off to the organizers, and the fabulous coaches: Saundra Bryant (Chicago), Vic Ceder (Los Olivos, CA) and Anne Uebelacker (Vancouver)!
On Friday, June 29, things really got going with a bang. More than 800 dancers from around the world, including 40 from Triangle Squares, descended on the hotel. Some came from as far away as Japan and Germany.
The dancing was fast and furious, with rooms for Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, and Challenge up to C4. Wow! There were a few Hot Hash tips that had to be seen to be believed. I think it was more like square running than dancing! And everyone had a fabulous time.
At the end of it all, I asked Steve Huggins, president of San Francisco’s Foggy City Dancers, if he’d escort me and Loki (aka Snack) to his home club, and he graciously agreed. Yay!
Steve’s club and eight others on the West Coast are busy preparing to host the 30th convention, Weave Your Heart in San Francisco, in 2013, and they’re all working very hard to make it one heck of a party. So he’s given us tourist maps and a key to our new home, and we’re out and about, meeting and greeting.
We don’t know where we’ll end up next, but in the meantime, we’re certainly keeping ourselves busy, enjoying beautiful San Francisco as we prepare for our next adventure!
Oh dear, it may appear as if Lottie is lost! No, Lottie is in good hands and may be on the move (or will be shortly). Unfortunately, the only thing lost was my e-mail.
When Paul and Gloria Lavigne asked Lorraine and I to host Lottie we were at the end of our clubs – Capital Steppers and Trackers, both Plus clubs – dance season. We were, however, heading to Guelph, Ontario to attend the Toronto and District Annual Convention with a stopover in Toronto to join the Triangle Squares for special dance.
We took the opportunity to ask Susan Cox to host Lottie and where delighted to discover that Lottie’s reputation had preceded her so Susan accepted and presented Lottie to the club and guests. Now we had some technical difficulties with pictures and since many of us where on our way to Guelph the next day, we took advantage and did a ‘re-do’ which Susan has presented below. As you will note in Susan’s correspondence, Lottie is in good hands and will enjoy more distant and perhaps exotic travels in the coming months.
Passports firmly clutched in our wings, I, Lottie, and my beautiful little chick flew into Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on May 3, 2012, escorted by Ken Phillips from the Capital Steppers.
To great applause, we landed in the middle of a special dance, called by Montreal caller Don Moger, and supervised the rest of the evening from the caller’s table.
We were beside ourselves when we found out that Canada’s $1 coin is commonly referred to as a Loon, because it features a beautiful engraving of… yes, a loon!
We’ve been told that a $1 Loon will be going with us, as a memento of our time in Canada.
We are now nesting comfortably with Toronto Triangle Squares club president Susan, well beyond the reach of three very interested cats.
The cats decided to name my chick. By a vote of 2-1, she’s now called Loki.
The losing name was Snack. Bad cat!
We will be flying west with Susan and many other members of Triangle Squares at the end of June. We will be meeting up with hundreds of dancers from around the world to “Dance Up a Storm” in Vancouver.
Cheers from Canada!
Triangle Squares members Chris, Susan and Niall (L-R) are honoured to
receive Lottie from Ken Phillips of the Capital Steppers.
Triangle Squares member Chris introduces Lottie and chick to baby Beatrix.
Cheers from Canada!
Lottie and Loki
Susan, Nicky, Norah, and Doodle