A “quick” update for this Saturday’s GFP Queer Country Social dance, Dirty Water Saloon, Spring Stomp (online ticketing!), Bob O’Donnell Remembrance, and Americana Mondays ending at the end of the month.
Next GFP Dance: Saturday, March 19, 2016
with special guests, the Manhattan Prairie Dogs and Ruth DJing!
GFP’s Queer (folk) Country Social
1st Church of JP • 6 Eliot Street • Jamaica Plain, MA
Lessons: 6:30-8 pm, Social dancing: 8-11 pm.
I’m excited that we’re having the Big Apple Ranch’s performance dance troupe The Manhattan Prairie Dongs visit and perform for us at this weekend’s dance. If you’ve not seen them, they are a very impressive, fun, and saucy group. Beth Aufiero will be teaching the basic two step lesson and Art Sullivan will be doing the beyond the basic lesson and line dance lesson (I “think” American Kids). Ruth Ewing will be serving up the music for the social part of the evening. It should be a hoot!
Spring Stomp! Get yer tickets online!
April 22-24, Provincetown, MA
I updated information on the website about Spring Stomp, April 22-24, in Provincetown. This is our annual hoedown in P-town featuring a weekend of dancin’, socializin’, and learnin’. This year’s line up are: Friday night dance will have Bob Sweeney (that’s me) DJing, Saturday dance workshops Simone Assboeck from NYC to teach two step, west coast swing, and cha-cha workshops. Something new this year, we have Art Sullivan teaching two line dance workshops (he’s looking over the IAGLCWDC competition line dances and choosing from them) along with his usual basic two step workshop. Ruth Ewing will be DJing the Saturday night dance at Provincetown Town Hall and the Boston Renegaydes will be performing a fun routine choreographed by our own Beth Aufiero during the social part. New! Buy your tickets online! You can buy your Weekend Pass or any combo of dance/workshops online via EventBright! Or you can purchase the weekend pass at the GFP dances or Dirty Water Saloon, or at the door at Sage Inn and Lounge Friday night.
Dirty Water Saloon
Tuesdays, Bella Luna Restaurant (Milky Way Lounge) in the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA (Orange Line: Stoney Brook)
Partner dance lessons: 7-7:45, Line dance lesson: 7:45-8:15, social dancing 8:15-10 pm
GFP has taken over running of Dirty Water Saloon with the help of a committee made up of Sam, Kendra, Alia, Bucky, Jim, Ian, Dayna, and myself. We are trying some new things while we transition, but you can be sure that the format will still be the same. Here’s what’s tentatively scheduled for the next few weeks:
- Tuesday, March 22, Sam will be DJing, the partner dance will be two step (I’ll get more details soon), Kendra will go over “Timber”.
- Tuesday, March 29, Bucky is set to DJ a Retro Night (80’s music)
- In April Ron will be teaching west coast swing.
More details to come and I’ll update the GFP website with more information soon.
Long time dancer Bob O’Donnell passed November 7. There will be a Remembrance ceremony in his honor April 5, 2016 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Ma from 5-7 pm. Come for coffee, tea, and to sample some of Bob’s famous desert treats made from recipes passed down to his nephews. To RSVP and find out more, visit saratogaareas.com/Bobsrememberance.html.
Americana Mondays will be no more after March. Come to PA’s Lounge on Somerville Ave the last two Monday’s in March to experience the magic that is Americana Mondays with Live music by Greg Klyma. These dances should be fun, with lots of friends joining him on stage and filling the dance floor. He plays old style country, a bit of blue grass, a bit of rockabilly, and just is a great showman. You can ask the contingent of folks like Julie, Harper, myself, Jay, and Ted how wonderful the night is and how we will miss our Mondays with Greg. He starts at 8 pm and runs to 11 pm. PA’s Lounge: 345 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.