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  March 2004  
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March is here, and before you know it graduation and the New England Square and Round Dance Convention will be here!! Both of these events will be lots of fun in April, but first, we’ve got a class dance with a tin can / silent auction! Please bring donations for this to the dance on March 13th, the club’s treasury will greatly appreciate your donations!

We’ve got a great round dance class started! Phil is doing great getting us through Phase 2 rounds by convention! He’s pushing us but everyone is doing really well! If you’re feeling frustrated in the class, be patient, it will get better!

Dancing dancing everywhere! We have moved our Monday class night to the Church of the Good Shephard as mentioned in the last newsletter. For the 2nd Monday of each month, however, we will be meeting at Arlington Street United Methodist Church, 63 Arlington Street. We ended up there last week due to unexpectedly being bumped from the main hall at the Church of the Good Shephard. The Arlington St. UMC worked so well we decided to use it as a backup location when we can’t get the main hall at the Church of the Good Shephard. To get there: Take Exit 5E off Rt 3 (Everett Turnpike). Follow Rt 111 East into town, crossing Main Street. After Main Street the road bends, at the 2nd light take a right – which is still Rt 111 East. Go straight through the next light passing Wendy’s (on Left) and McDonald’s (on Right). Go past Alld’s St (street that

Infant Jesus is on, which is where our Saturday night dances are located). Take a Right at the next light onto Arlington Street. On the right about 1 mile is the church. It is brown and is having an addition built on the backside of it. The church is on the corner of Arlington and Haines Streets. Please park on the street and use the side door. We will be in the downstairs hall.

In May we will be having our Annual Meeting. I encourage everyone to come to this meeting, whether or not you plan to be on the upcoming board for the new dance year. We will not push you into a corner to take a position just because you are there. Everyone’s opinion is important and we will be discussing a few things such as possibly changing the night we meet for classes and also which Saturday we hold our monthly dances.

Dues are due in June! Please try your best to get them paid on time. It is very helpful to the treasury to have them paid on time because around that time the bill for the insurance comes from NSSARDA. This insurance covers us in case someone gets injured while dancing and sues the club. NSSARDA gets a large coverage and splits the cost with each of the member clubs. The number of clubs seems to get smaller every year but the insurance cost stays the same thereby making each club pay more.

The next board meeting will be March 28, 2004 at 4PM at Skip Guild’s home. As always, the meetings are open to all club members (including class members). Please see me prior to the meeting if there is anything you would like to have discussed at the meeting.

Happy Dancing!
Debbie Coit

Club Chair Report Chris Howard

February 14: "All the Presidents’ Men and Women" proved to be a great theme for our February Mainstream dance. The dancers seemed to really enjoy finding their opposite numbers for what has become a traditional "find your partner" mixer. Several triplets also provided considerable humor – Bill found Hillary and Monica while JFK found Jackie and Marilyn. Thanks so much to Kathi and Harli for their imaginative theme.

As to the dancing, Tom Rinker provided excellent calling, showing even the most jaded Mainstream dancers just how much fun good calling can be at any level. Corinne Renauld provided her usual excellent cueing. It was great to have Corinne and Ed with us again. According to the sign-in sheets, we had 11 Concord Coach dancers retrieving their banner along with 11 guests from Bay Path Barn, Riverside Squares, and Bradford Country squares, and 19 members of Border City Squares. I know we had more dancers than that, but not everyone bothered to sign in. Thanks to Wayne and Priscilla, Tammy, Steve and Debbie, and Skip and Penny for their help in setting up for the dance. Somehow I feel I may be missing someone - if so, my apologies. Everyone’s help is genuinely appreciated.

Our next club dance will be on March 13th, and this will be a Class dance with calling by Dave Perrault. There will be no rounds, and the theme for this dance is "Spring Fever." Set up for the dance will be at 12:30, and all are welcome to help the class get ready for the dance.

During the dance we will be having a tin-can auction (buy tickets and put them in cans by various items for a drawing late in the dance.) Everyone is asked to look for possible contributions to the auction table. Items should be in good, "nearly new" condition and provide tempting offerings for the dancers. In most similar auctions I have seen at other clubs, the value of items generally ranges between $3 and $10. Tools, knick-knacks, craft items, kitchen items, and almost any type of non-perishable item can be considered. You can bring contributions to any of the workshops before the dance or to the dance itself.

Remaining BCS dances:




Level Caller Cuer
Mar 13 Class Dave Perrault (no rounds) Class Spring Fever
Apr 10 Plus Frank Lescrinier Marilyn Rivenburg Debbie Coit Disney (come as your favorite)
May 8 MS +2 Plus Suptei Rogers Phil Gatchell    
Jun 12 MS +2 Plus Mike Petitbon and Matt Auger Leo Boudreau Tammy Dorris Hawaiian Holiday (casual attire)

Banner Chair Report Harlinda Webb

February 7, 2004: BCS raided Concord Coach, Concord, NH at this Plus level dance to gain a second banner from them! Skip and Betty Ann Brown were calling and cueing. The club was supported by Chris Howard, Margery Shank, Cheryl Palucchi, Harli Webb, Tammy Dorris, who else?

February 13, 2004: BCS class members went to SeaCoast Region Squares and, to their surprise, retrieved our banner from them! Class members were Leo Gravel, Deb Mentch and Erica White, supported by club members Deb Coit, Steve White and Tammy Dorris.

February 14, 2004: Concord Coach retrieved one of their two banners with 11 dancers at our dance.

February 21, 2004: BCS raided Tech Squares, Cambridge, MA at this Plus level dance called by Don Beck and cued by Phil Gatchell. The following BCS members had a great time at this dance: Steve White, Debbie Coit, Tammy Dorris, Anne-Marie Boucher, Harli Webb, Skip & Penny Guild, Margery Shank, Chris Howard, Kathi Butt and Bob Baker.

February 28, 2004: BCS raided Turkey Town Trotters, N. Andover, MA at this Plus level dance with Joe Casey calling and Marilyn Rivenburg cueing. The following BCS members supported this raid: Chris Howard, Tammy Dorris, Preston Walsh, Eric Magrath, Irene Morrissette, Skip & Penny Guild and Harli Webb.

Future Raids and Retrievals:

March 13, 2004: BCS will host Turkey Town Trotters to retrieve their banner.

March 14, 2004: BCS will be raid SeaCoast Squares, Sacred Heart School, Hampton, NH at their Mainstream dance with two plus tips. John Hendron will be calling and Phil Gatchell will be cueing. NOTE: This is a Sunday and the dance is from 2-5PM. The carpool will leave Nashua Mall at 12:45.

March 19, 2004: BCS will be raiding Single Squares in Woburn, MA for this mainstream dance with 2 Plus calls. Chris Pinkham will be calling and Birgit Maguire cueing.

March 20, 2004: BCS will be raiding Heel and Toe, Manchester, NH for their mainstream/plus dance with Shawn Cuddy calling and Bernie Porter cueing.

March 27, 2004: BCS will be raiding Jester’s Square Dance Club, Maplewood Elementary School, Somersworth, NH. This is a first time exchange with this club!! Please come and support them! Joe Casey will be calling and Phil Gatchell will be cueing.

April 3, 2004: BCS will be raiding Concord Coach, Concord, NH for their Plus level dance with Kip and Linda Moulton teaming up to call and cue this night. This is their Spring Fling dance.

FUTURE NOTE: BCS will be raiding Concord Coach at their 40th anniversary dance on May 1, 2004. Please save this date and commit to coming to this exchange. Shawn Cuddy is calling Plus, George McGibbon is calling Mainstream, Bernie Porter is cueing and Don Carleton will be doing Country Line Dancing. This is NOT a dance to miss!!! The cost for the evening is $10 per person at the door BUT we can get a group rate of $7 per person ONLY IF we can commit to at LEAST eight dancers in advance. CAN WE DO IT?????

CARPOOL: The location of the carpool is at the Nashua Mall. When you pull into the Mall, turn right toward Kohl’s.

Tentative Border City Raids & Retrievals

Date Club Raid/
Caller/Cuer Theme Level Location
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

The class will be hosting their second class dance on March 13th. The class has choosen the theme "Spring Fever", since at this point we are all looking forward to the end of winter and the beginning of spring! It should be a fun dance for all who attend. We could use everyone's help with setup at 12:30 pm on the 13th.

There are just two more class level dances until the class graduates. Unfortunately, I will be away during both of them. I am looking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to lead the class to one or both of these dances. See me if you are interested.

Below is an updated list of class dances that are coming up in the next few months. I will try to arrange carpools for these dances and have signup sheets for them in advance. If anyone has any questions, please see me.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
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 Location: St. Alphonsus Church

History Tidbit Tammy Dorris

In 1967 round dancing was included at the club’s monthly dances.

The "Smoothies Round Dance Club" was sponsored in March/April 1967.

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 Webb
Publicity Chairperson Skip Guild

March 2004








  1 MS Class 7-8:30 / Rounds Teach 8:30-10 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 MS Class 7-8:30 / Rounds Teach 8:30-10 [Alternate Location] 9 10 11 12 13 BCS Dance (Class Dance & Auction)
14 Raid SeaCoast Squares (MS & 2 Plus) 15 MS Class 7-8:30 / Rounds Teach 8:30-10 16 17 18 19 Raid Single Squares (MS & 2 Plus) 20 Raid Heel & Toe (MS / Plus)
Class Dance Square Riggers Class Dance Riverside Squares
21 22 MS Class 7-8:30 / Rounds Teach 8:30-10 23 24 25 26 27 Raid Jester’s Square Dance Club (MS)
28 BCS Board Meeting – Skip Guild 29 MS Class 7-8:30 / Rounds Teach 8:30-10 30 31      

Apr 3 - Raid Concord Coach (Plus)

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