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October 2002


We’re off to a great start with this year’s class!! Let’s keep the momentum going!

September’s Demonstration

A big thank you to Ed and the great Border City Squares gang that came to help out at the Resurrection Parish’s demo!! We had two tips for new comers, the second of which we had a 5 year old and a 6 year old dancing with us!!

45th Anniversary Dance

We are looking for some volunteers to help out with this year’s 45th Anniversary Dance that will be held in May. Viv & Bill Thompson & Mary & Dave Raymond are hosting the dance. They are in the planning stages of how to decorate the halls (there will be two halls for this dance) and possibilities of a dinner before the dance. Please speak to one of them if you are interested in helping out. Tammy Dorris will have all the scrapbooks that she’s been working so hard on and keeping up todate at the dance as well!

Halloween Dance

On October 28 there will be a Halloween dance for everyone! Costumes are wonderful, let’s see how creative

we all can be! Costume or not, please come and have a great time dancing with your new friends. The dance will be the entire evening from 7 to 10. For this Monday night we are asking for everyone to bring finger foods, no utensils needed. During the evening there will be a costume parade with prizes!

Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be Sunday, October 20 at 7pm at Harli Thoene’s home. As always they are open to club members. So come up to Manchester for the Friendship Dance, go out to dinner with us and come to the meeting! Please see me prior to the meeting if you have something you’d like to discuss at the meeting.

Club Votes…

I am happy to report that the by-law change was voted on and approved by the club membership that attended the September 23 meeting!  Also approved at that meeting was that addition of Patty Greene as a club caller!!  She will be starting her calling with us on Monday nights in January with the January class.  Thank you to all that participated in these votes!

Happy Dancing

Debbie Coit

2002-2003 BCS Dances

Date Level Caller Cuer
Oct. 12, 2002 Mainstream & 2 Plus Erik Pluylaar (Netherlands) Corinne Renauld
Nov. 9, 2002 Plus Dennis Marsh Phil Gatchell
Dec. 14, 2002 Plus Ralph Peacock Bernie Porter
Jan. 11, 2003 Class – calls 1-43 Noah Nutting Barbara Nutting
Feb. 8, 2002 Mainstream & 2 Plus Randy Page Marilyn Rivenburg
Mar 8, 2003 Class – calls 1-63 Perry Richards None
Apr 12, 2003 Plus Don Bachelder Birgit Maguire
May 10, 2003 45th Anniversary
MS hall and Plus Hall
Jim Mayo
Joe Casey
Phil Gatchell
Norma Silva
Jun. 14, 2003 Mainstream & 2 Plus Johnny Wedge Marilyn Rivenburg

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History Tid Bits Tammy Dorris

  • In 1958 Mainstream lessons were only for 10 weeks and consisted of 12 lessons
  • The first BCS class graduated 6 people
  • In 1967 Round Dancing was included at club dances
  • In 1969 a badge cost $1 and the dues were $1 per person
  • The Fun Luvin' Teens sponsored by BCS, was started in Sept. 1974
  • In April 1976 club dress of blue and white gingham was adopted. The club dress was modernized in 1982.
  • In 1978 dues were $2.50 per person / $5.00 per couple
  • Eddie Mayall was BCS club caller for 26 seasons! (from Sept 1965 to April 1991)
  • As of January 1, 1979, the cost of all club and class dances increased it was now $2 per person to attend

Border City Squares Board of Directors 2002 - 2003

President Debbie Coit
Vice President Debbie Coit
Treasurer Kathi Butt
Secretary Cecilia Kendig
Paula Finamore
Club Chairpersons Cheryl Palucchi
Anne-Marie Boucher
Class Chairperson

Dave & Mary Raymond

Banner Chairperson Harli Thoene
Publicity Chairperson Skip Guild

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Other local Activities Skip Guild

Wayne Griffin reminded me that some BCS members have expressed an interest in taking Round Dance lessons. Starting Thursday night, October 17th, Marilyn Rivenburg assisted by Hank & Kay Werner will be teaching round dancing at the Mill-A-Round Dance Center in Manchester NH. Phase II/III class will be from 7 to 8:30 PM followed by Phase III/IV class from 8:30 to 10 PM. Cost $12 per couple.

Also there is a new Introduction to Advanced Square Dance classes starting Thursday, October 3rd, taught by Tom Rinker at the Bay Path Barn in Boylston, MA (take Rte 290 to Exit 24 onto Central Street 3 miles toward Boylston. Bay Path Barn is on the right hand side of the road with square dance symbol on a pole by the street).

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Club Chair Report Cheryl Palucchi & Anne-Marie Boucher

September 14 - We want to thank Wayne & Priscilla Griffin for hosting the first dance of the Border City Squares season. The theme was a Tribute to Heroes and they did a great job on the decorations. This was a mainstream dance with two plus tips with Ted Lizotte calling and Doris T-Bow cueing.

We had 8+ squares in attendance with 20 dancers from Tech Squares and 11 dancers from Pine Tree Riots raiding. There were also dancers from Red Hot Rovers and Single Squares and the Presidents of EDSARDA in attendance, as well as 20 Border City Dancers.

We want to thank Wayne & Priscilla Griffin, Chris Howard, Penny Guild and Cecilia Kendig for helping to set up and decorate the hall. We also thank everyone who brought food and stayed to help clean up afterwards.

Our next dance is Saturday, October 12. This is a Mainstream dance with 2 plus tips. The caller is Erik Pluylaar from the Netherlands and Corinne Renauld will be the cuer. Please bring extra food for this dance, as we are expecting a large crowd. The theme for this dance is Witches and Vampires Ball and will be hosted by Diane DesRochers. Setup time will be 12:30 pm Saturday for anyone who would like to help.

2002-2003 BCS Dances




Oct. 12, 2002

Diane DesRochers

Witches & Vampires Ball

Nov. 9, 2002

Skip & Penny Guild

Salute to Veterans

Dec. 14, 2002

Cecilia Kendig & Paula Finamore

Snowflake Special

Jan. 11, 2003

September 2002 Class

Pajama Party

Feb. 8, 2002

Kathi Butt & Harli Thoene

Animal Magnetism

Mar 8, 2003

September 2002 Class

[To be determined]

Apr 12, 2003

Steve & Lorri Wurtzler

[To be determined]

May 10, 2003

Bill & Vivian Thompson
Mary & Dave Raymond

45th Anniversary Dance

Jun. 14, 2003

Tammy Dorris

January in June

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Banner Chair Report Harlinda Thoene

BCS first dance of the year was raided by the Pine Tree Riot Squares and the Tech Squares.

September 14, 2002: Two clubs raiding this BCS dance. Tech Squares with 20 members and Pine Tree Riots with 11 members.

September 21, 2002: Our first raid of the year was to Bradford Country Squares in Bradford, NH. Supporting our club were Chris Howard, Tammy Dorris, Kathi Butt, Cheryl Palucchi, Anne-Marie Boucher, John and Val Lamb, Hal Kelley, Roberta Blais, Debbie Coit, Chip & Carol Parker, and Joe McClintock.

October 12, 2002: This BCS dance looks to be a great dance! Not only do we have Erik Pluylaar form the Netherlands calling and Corinne Renauld cueing, we also have five clubs raiding: Turkey Town Trotters, Heel & Toe, Seacoast Region, Wolf Rockers, and Pepperell Squares from Biddeford, Maine, and Bradford Squares will be retrieving their banner.

October 19, 2002: BCS will be going to Heel & Toe to retrieve our banner. This is a mainstream dance with some plus tips. Everett Mackin will be calling and the cuer will be Peg Sutton.

October 26, 2002: BCS will be going to Pine Tree Riots to retrieve our banner. Patty Greene will be calling this Mainstream with 2 plus tip dance. There are no round dancing this evening.

November 9, 2002: This BCS dance will be a plus dance with Dennis Marsh calling and Phil Gatchell cueing. Heel & Toe and Square Wheelers are scheduled to raid this dance.

Upcoming Raids/Retrievals





We Are




Heel & Toe

Manchester, NH



Everett Mackin

Peg Sutton


Pine Tree Riot Squares

Weare, NH



Patty Greene


Club Banners We Have:                                             Clubs With Our Banners:



Retrieval Date




Retrieval Date


Concord Coach

Not Scheduled



Pine Tree Riot Squares



Bradford Country Squares




Tech Squares


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Friendship Festival Amy Bollenbach

NSSARDA holds a Friendship Festival each year in October. In the past it was held in Topsfield MA but this year it is at the Mill-A-Round in Manchester on Sunday, October 20 from 2 to 5 PM. There will be two halls for the dance. In one hall there will be a Mainstream/Plus dance with Shawn Cuddy calling and Bernie Porter cueing. The second hall will be for A-1 dancing with John Hendron calling and Phil Gatchell cueing. Please bring finger foods for the food table. The tickets are $6 at the door and $5 in advance.

All NSSARDA clubs are asked to select two people to be the "Friendship Couple". It is hoped that the club members will attend the dance to support NSSARDA and their club’s "Friendship Couple." The names of the couples go into a hat and one is chosen to be the NSSARDA Friendship Couple. The couple needs to be present at the dance for their names to go into the hat. The prize is one FREE admission to each of the NSSARDA clubs’ activities (usually dances but can be a workshop night). The couple is supposed to visit ALL 24 of the NSSARDA clubs (11 MA, 9 NH, and 4 ME).

If any two people would like to volunteer as a couple to represent BCS and possibly be selected as the NSSARDA "Friendship Couple", please let a board member know by phone or in person at a workshop or our monthly dance. The chosen Border City representative "couple" must attend the Friendship Festival to be eligible for being selected as NSSARDA Friendship Couple for 2002-2003. All BCS volunteer "couples" will have their names placed before the board and one couple will be chosen by the board not later than the workshop on October 14th.

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Dancing through Tammi Dorris
the Ages

I was cruising thru some odd dance books and found the funniest thing! Amazing but true - laws about dancing Local statutes often include laws that have remained on the books long after their relevance has passed. In other cases a certain humor seems to have been present from the start. Just consider these examples:
  • Palisades, Ohio - It is illegal to make silly or insulting faces at someone who is trying to learn how to square dance.
  • Lugert, Oklahoma - Under no circumstances may a man with hair growing over his upper lip ask a female to dance.
  • Russelville, Pennsylania - Tickling a girl under her chin with a feather duster to get her attention at a square dance is punishable by law.
  • Rock Springs, Wyoming - No woman may chew tobacco while square dancing unless she has the written permission of her husband.
  • Cotton Valley, Louisiana - No man is allowed to use handbills to advertise for a spouse at a local square dance.

Adapted from an article by Robert W Pelton in American Square Dance Magazine April 1987

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Due fors for 2002-2003
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October 2002








    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 Plus

New Class
8 9 10 11 12 BCS Dance, Witches & Vampires Ball, Erik Pluylaar (Netherlands), Corinne Renauld
13 14 Plus

New Class
15 16 17 18 19 Retrieval, Heel & Toe, M/S & Plus
20 Board Meeting @ Harli Thoene’s, 7 p.m. 21 Plus

New Class
22 23 24 25 26 Retrieval, Pine Tree Riots, M/S & Plus
27 28 Halloween dance
29 30 31    

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