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  December 2003  


The snow will be flying soon but that doesn’t stop us from dancing! Not too often anyway J If for some reason we do need to cancel on Monday night or a Saturday club dance please stayed tuned to WHOB 106.3 or WZID 95.7. We will post cancellations there. If you are unsure or it’s not good driving where you are coming from, stay safe and stay home even if it’s not so bad here in Nashua and we still have class.

End of year Break

Our last Monday Workshop for 2003 will be December 15th but don’t forget to come back in January!! We will be back again on January 5th!

Holiday Party

On December 15th 7PM – 10PM we will be having a Holiday Party! Similar set up as the Halloween Party in that it will be for everyone for the entire evening! Lots of fun you don’t want to miss! Class & members will be asked to bring Finger Foods, family favorites. Board members will provide desserts. Penny will provide Punch. [Ed: Skip to provide Judy?] A Yankee Swap

will be held with $5-$10 gifts. No gag gifts. Only those who bring a gift will participate. Debbie will coordinate the swap, provide the numbers and provide a written set of rules (as there are several versions) to be followed. Bruce Roberts will donate plastic utensils (forks, knives, spoons).

Looking for holiday gifts for those hard to buy for square dancing friends? Why not get them a ticket to one of Border City Square’s dances? They are good for a year after you purchase them and can be purchased from the treasurer!

Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be December 18, 2003 at 7PM at Bruce Robert’s home. As always, the meetings are open to all club members. Please see a board member prior to the meeting if there is anything you would like to have discussed at the meeting.

Happy Dancing!
Debbie Coit

Border City Squares Board of Directors - 2003/2004
President Debbie Coit
Vice President Bruce Roberts
Secretary Kathi Butt
Treasurer Anne-Marie Boucher
Club Chairperson Chris Howard
Class Chairperson

Steve White

Banner Chairperson Harli Thoene
Publicity Chairperson Skip Guild

Board Minutes Kathi Butt

[The Board thought you might like to know what discussions are conducted and decisions are made at our monthly board meeting. There is an alleged extract from the minutes of the last Board Meeting. The meeting was conducted without adult supervision as our President was not present to control the unruly board members]

Border City Squares – Minutes of Board Meeting – November 20, 2003
2003-2004 Board Members Present

PRESIDENT: Debbie Coit (absent)
TREASURERS: Anne-Marie Boucher (absent)
CLUB CHAIR: Chris Howard (absent)
CLASS CHAIR: Steve White (absent)
BANNER CHAIR: Harli Thoene Webb

Vice President Bruce Roberts called the meeting to order at 7:22pm
There were only 4 in attendance, so we chose to re-convene at Margarita’s Restaurant.

Publicity Report
Newsletter articles must be submitted to Skip by 11/28/03. Newsletters will be distributed on Dec 1.

To attract new membership, Skip will add risqué icons to the flyers and semiclad dancers to the BCS website. He is interviewing models.

Club Chair News:
Bruce Roberts offered to host the May dance. The theme will be "A Day at the Beach". Suntan lotion will be rubbed on all dancers. Clothing is optional. Caller Suptei Rogers has agreed to dress appropriately.

Old and New Business

22. Effective immediately, renewing members and graduates must pass a test before acceptance to BCS membership. Testing will include an agility test (stand, turn and walk to the beat of the music) and a memory test (must know your right from your left). (Closed)

36. Motion made and approved: No two BCS members may marry without first obtaining unanimous approval of the Board. Petition for marriage consent not received yet from Steve and Debbie (Closed)

Next Board Meeting will be December 18, 2003 at 7:00 PM at:

Bruce Robert’s home

Meeting was adjourned at 8:07PM

Submitted by: Secretary Kathi Butt (and official Club Satirist)

Club Chair Report Chris Howard

2003-2004 BCS Dances

Date Hosts Theme Level Caller Cuer
Dec. 13, 2003 Cheryl Palucchi & Anne Marie Boucher "Team Spirit"

Come dressed as your favorite sport.

Plus Steve Xeller Phill Gatchell
Jan. 10, 2004 Class Pajama Party Class Noah Nutting Barbara Nutting
Feb 14, 2004 Harli Thoene (Webb?) & Kathi Butt All the President’s Men and Women MS & 2 Plus Tom Rinker Corinne Renauld
Mar 13, 2004 Class   Class Dave Perrault None
Apr 10, 2004 Debbie Coit   Plus Frank Lescrinier Marilyn Rivenburg
May 8, 2004     MS & 2 Plus Suptei Rogers Phil Gatchell
Jun. 12, 2004 Tammy Dorris Hawaiian Holiday
Casual (or Hawaiin) dress
MS & 2 Plus Patty Greene, Mike PetitBon, Matt Auger Leo Boudreau

Banner Chair Report Harlinda Webb

November 1, 2003: BCS raided Concord Coach. This was a Plus dance with Lenny Stratton calling and Vera Prudhomme cueing. This raid was supported by Chris Howard, Anne-Marie Boucher, Cheryl Palucchi, Vivian and Bill Thompson, Tammy Dorris, Debbie Coit, Steve White, Penny and Skip Guild, Steve and Patty Greene and Harli Webb.

November 15, 2003: BCS raided Heel & Toe, Manchester, NH. This Mainstream/Plus dance with Skip and Betty Ann Brown calling and cueing was supported by Tammy Dorris, Kathi Butt, Roberta Blais, Diane DesRochers, Cecilia Kendig, Hal Kelley, Vivian and Bill Thompson, Harli and Rhiannon Webb, Chris Howard, Cheryl Palucchi, Paula Finamore, and Bob Baker.

November 15, 2003: The BCS Class members Brendan Dorr, Deb Mentch, Deane Clark and Leo Gravel were joined by Susan Current, Gene Dorr and Bob and Pauline O’Connor at the Bradford Country Squares class dance. Because we brought 8 dancers, Bradford Squares kindly gave us our banner back as a retrieval! What a surprise to all who attended (and those of us who didn’t!)

November 30, 2003: BCS will have retrieved our banner from Pepperell Squares at their Mainstream dance by the time you get this newsletter. Joe Casey was cueing and Phil Gatchell was cueing. At this time we expect the following members to support this retrieval: Anne-Marie Boucher, Tammy Dorris, Steve White, Debbie Coit, Harli Webb, Valerie and John Lamb, Skip and Penny Guild and Diane DesRochers. Any corrections will be made in the next newsletter.

Future Raids and Retrievals:

December 12, 2003: BCS will be retrieving our banner from Single Squares, St Anthony’s Hall, Route 38 (1020 Main Street), Woburn, MA with Matt Auger calling and Phil Gatchell cueing. This is a Mainstream dance with 2 Plus tips.

PLEASE NOTE: the carpool meeting location has changed due to construction at the Nashua Mall. We will still meet at the Nashua Mall but when you enter the Mall parking lot turn right toward Kohl’s instead of left toward the Kiosk. Park along the outer edge of the parking lot near Broad Street. The carpool will leave at the usual time – 7:00.

December 13, 2003: BCS will host Heel and Toe to retrieve their banner.

December 20, 2003: BCS will be raiding Heel and Toe, Manchester, NH. Ed and Corrine Renauld will be caller and cuer for this dance. Since this is their Christmas dinner dance, you can make reservations with Rose at any dance or call her at 603-224-7150 for the dinner portion of the evening ($17.50 per person dinner & dance). The dance alone is the usual $6.00 per person. The dinner and dance are at the Bishop O’Neil Community Center. Take Exit 4 off F.E. Everett Hwy (Queen City Bridge). Take right on Elm Street one block.

January 17, 2004 BCS will be raiding Bradford Country Squares, Bradford, NH. This is a CLASS level dance with Lenny Stratton and Vera Prudhomme calling and cueing.

PLEASE NOTE REGARDING CARPOOLING!!! The location of the meeting spot has changed due to construction at the Nashua Mall. When you pull into the Mall, turn right toward Kohl’s rather than left toward the Kiosk. Park in the outer spaces along Broad Street near the entrance.

Border City Raids & Retrievals

Date Club Raid/
Caller/Cuer Theme Level Location
12-Dec-03 Single Squares Retreive Matt Auger/
Phil Gatchell
  M/2P Saint Anthony's Hall, Route 38 (1020 Main Street) Woburn, MA
20-Dec-03 Heel & Toe Raid Ed Renauld/
Corrine Renauld
Christmas DINNER & Dance M/P Bishop O'Neil Community Center, Manchester, NH
17-Jan-04 Bradford Squares ? Lenny Stratton/
Vera Prudhomme
Turn Thru Twirl C Bradford Town Hall, Main Street, Bradford, NH
7-Feb-04 Concord Coach ? Skip Brown/
Betty Ann Brown
Hearts-A-Fire P* Howard Recreation Center (off Route 202), Concord, NH
21-Feb-04 Tech Squares Raid Don Beck/
Phil Gatchell
  P MIT Student Center (building W20), 84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
28-Feb-04 Turkey Town Raid Joe Casey/
Marilyn Rivenburg
  P Franklin School, North Andover, MA
6-Mar-04 Concord Coach ? Dona Prudhomme/
Birgit Maguire
Green Dance M Howard Recreation Center (off Route 202), Concord, NH
19-Mar-04 Single Squares Raid Chris Pinkham/
Birgit Maquire
  M/2P Saint Anthony's Hall, Route 38 (1020 Main Street) Woburn, MA
20-Mar-04 Heel & Toe Raid Shawn Cuddy/
Bernie Porter
  M/P Bishop O'Neil Community Center, Manchester, NH
3-Apr-04 Concord Coach ? Kip & Linda Moulton Spring Fling P Howard Recreation Center (off Route 202), Concord, NH
17-Apr-04 Bradford Squares ? Don Bachelder/
Phil Gatchell
Graduates Grand Square M/P Bradford Town Hall, Main Street, Bradford, NH
1-May-04 Concord Coach ? Shawn Cuddy/
Bernie Porter
40th Anniversary Dance M/P Howard Recreation Center (off Route 202), Concord, NH
15-May-04 Heel & Toe Retreive Rich & Lynne Sbardella/
Phil Gatchell
  M/P Bishop O'Neil Community Center, Manchester, NH
22-May-03 Bradford Squares ? Mike Pettibo/
Matt Auger
Step 'n Slide with Double Trouble M/P* Bradford Town Hall, Main Street, Bradford, NH
5-Jun-04 Concord Coach ? Ed Renauld/
Corrine Renauld
Come As You Are M/P Howard Recreation Center (off Route 202), Concord, NH
M = Mainstream P = Plus C=Class
* = 7-8 dancing at one level above dance level
** = Early Rounds 1:30
? = depends on visits to BCS in between visits to neighboring club

Class Chair Report Steve White

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!! By now our class dancers should have attended their first class level dance. I hope they all enjoyed themselves. Below you will find a list of upcoming class level dances that our class and club members might be interested in attending. Please see me if you have any questions.

As you will notice, there is a class level dance on January 10th at Border City. Our class will be hosting this dance, so we will all need to get together some Monday night in December and talk about what is required to host this dance. I will let you know more info soon.

Class Level Dances for this dance season (Class, please note that by the end of April you will all be able to attend any Mainstream level dance):

Date Club Location Caller Cuer Notes
05 Dec 03 Square Wheelers Acton, MA Don Batchelder Sandi Simmons  
13-Dec-03 Concord Coach Concord NH Patty Greene Bernie Porter Christmas Class Ball (Patty is our club caller; we should attend to support her.)
13-Dec-03 Monadnock Squares Keene NH Don Bachelder Carole Landry Christmas Dance
19-Dec-03 Swingles SDC West Springfield MA Cindy Hawley Gene King Holiday Celebration, Early Rounds 7:30PM
20-Dec-03 Chic-Mates Northampton MA Lenny Stratton Carole Landry Christmas Dance
28-Dec-03 Cloverleaf Squares Northampton MA Paul Roy Carole Landry Christmas Dance
31 Dec 03 Mountain Valley Square Dance Association's Keene (Recreation Center, 312 Washington Street) NH Don Bachelder & Lenny Stratton Laura Knight New Year's Celebration **
10-Jan-04 Border City Squares Nashua NH Noah Nutting Barbara Nutting Pajama Party (Our Club Hosting)
17-Jan-04 Bradford Country Squares Bradford NH Lenny Stratton Vera Prudhomme Turn Thru Twirl
28 Feb 04 Wolf Rockers Mason, NH Charlie McLeod None  
13 Mar 04 Border City Squares Nashua, NH Dave Perrault None Our class hosting
19 Mar 04 Square Riggers Westwood, MA Everett Mackin Marge Headen  
20 Mar 04 Riverside Squares Danvers, MA Chris Pinkham None  

** Two Halls (one for just Class Program), $6 pp includes Pot Luck Supper at 6:30 PM, paper plates, plastic utensils, and celebration beverage & party favors. Dancing 8 - 11 PM with Celebration at 10PM so everyone can be off the road by midnight

History Tidbits Tammy Dorris

Although square dancing can be traced as far back as 17th century England, the square dancing that you and I know really began in the 1950’s. A big step for square dancing was in 1971 when the international organization of callers named Callerlab was founded. This organization helped facilitate the exchange of square dancing information and standardize square dance steps. Through time, the levels of square dancing (i.e. Mainstream, Plus) that we know of today went through many changes. Did you know that there was once an Extended Basic Program with 54 calls? Or a Mainstream Plus 1 level with 69 calls. Experimental calls were defined as suggested calls for use during workshops and Mainstream dances and some became part of the present levels we know of today.

What’s In a Name?

With all these changes some moves have been added, changed or even renamed. Do any of these seem calls familiar? Now for a challenge - can you match the definition with the term?

A) Turn Unders & Twirls   ___ To bump hips or rears with one another
B) Wagon Wheel Spin   ___Two people take designated hands and either or both, according to the requirements of the movement, turn under a raised hand and both end facing in a new direction
C) Split Your Corner   ____The active persons move forward and turn to pass between the couple formed by their corner and their corner’s partner
D) Boomps - a - Daisy   ___Partners join left hands and the lady makes a right face turn under the man’s raised left arm as the man walks forward and does a half left face turn. They finish facing each other. Used to reverse direction and exchange places.
E) Swap the Flea (Box the Flea)   ____Following an allemande turn partner by the right full around. Men give lady a start (gently) so lady can twirl or turn once and a half times alone.
F) Four Couples Suzy Q   ____Two active couples meet and passing right shoulders Pass Thru. The lady (or person on the right) crosses in front of her partner to the left, while the man (or person on the left) crosses behind or to the right
G) Twist the Line   ____In a square, men start moving clockwise and the ladies start counter-clockwise. Pass corner, men on the outside. Meet opposites and turn half way around with a right forearm. Now, with the men moving clockwise retrace steps, men on the outside, pass the same girl and turn partner with a left forearm. Repeat, ending by turning partner with a Courtesy Turn.
H) Cross Trail (Trail Thru)   ____From any two facing couples. Right hand person walks across (straight ahead). Left Hand person turns right to face, taking the spot vacated by partner. Couples end up facing out with new partner.
I) Swap Around   _____Starting from a line of four, the center two steps forward and California Twirl, while the ends face in and Star Thru
Bonus Questions        
California Twirl was once called a ______?    
The Foot Couple is the same as the _______?    
(Answers will appear in next month’s newsletter)    


December 2003








  1 MS Class 7-8:30 / Plus Teach 8:30-10 2 3 4 5 Class Dance Square Wheelers 6
7 8 MS Class 7-8:30 / Plus Teach 8:30-10 9 10 11 12 Retrieval Single Squares (MS/Plus) 13 BCS Dance (Plus)

Class Dance (Monadnock Squares)

14 15 Holiday Party 7-10 16 17 18 BCS Board Meeting – Bruce Robert’s 19 Class Dance (Swingles SDC) 20 Raid
Heel & Toe

Class Dance (Chic-Mates)

21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Class Dance (Cloverleaf Squares) 29 30 31 New Years Dance (Keene)      

Jan 17 - Raid Bradford Country Squares (CL)

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