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Welcome to Wellsboro Community Barn Dance!

by Chloe Quimby - January 20, 2016

If you have not yet experienced the exhilarating joy of whirling from one partner to the next, catching your breath only as a top or bottom couple, and laughing your way through the many mistakes—mark your calendar immediately. This past weekend on Saturday, January 16th, was the third Wellsboro Community Barn Dance of the 2015-2016 season. Attended by novices and experts alike, it was a night of light-hearted entertainment for all.

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“I’ve forgotten every problem I had since the music started,” laughed Leah Kelly of Liberty, PA. She was right; you can’t help but tap your toes to the upbeat tunes. The music was provided by Drowsy Maggie, a local bluegrass group that’s been together between 3-4 years. Drowsy Maggie includes such instruments as the dulcimer, double bass, acoustic guitar, fiddle, flute, and even a concertina (that is, an instrument resembling a small accordion). This particular evening, regulars Daria Guelig and Carl Conn were joined by guest musicians Dan Krise and John O’Donnell of the Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers.

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Caller Ted Crane of Ithaca, NY presided over the event, lending both encouragement and correction to the dancers. The community dance was attended by over twenty persons, ranging in age from grade school to a more mature crowd. Some were old hats, having danced since early youth, others—such as Maria Cruz and her husband Edgar Wong—were there for only the second time. “It’s exercise, apparently!” quipped a smiling Dr. Cruz. Dr. Wong’s advice to beginners? “Just try it…And don’t bring a sweater.”

Come and join the line of barefoot and booted, sneaker-shod and sandaled feet for a night peppered with calls of “do-si-do” and “promenade.” Hosted at the Deane Center with an entry fee of only $5, you don’t want to miss out in this evening full of fun. Upcoming dates are listed below. New dancers are encouraged to arrive at 7:00pm for a half an hour tutorial, all others at 7:30pm. We hope to see you there.

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For more information, check out the Deane Center website or the Wellsboro Community Barn Dance Facebook page.

Saturday, February 13th 7:00pm
Saturday, March TBA
Saturday, April TBA

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