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Square Dancing in the News

I waved to parade-goers as the black Dodge Ram pulling a float of square dancers threaded through downtown Portland. A man on the sidewalk said, “You mean people still do that?” His quote summarizes the public’s perception of square dancing…something for an earlier time…something one doesn’t see or hear about too often.

So I felt intrigued while reading The Oregonian on May 20 and came across a reference to square dancing. The article that caught my eye was titled “Vintage Portland: The Red Light Clothing Exchange looks a lot like our offbeat city’s attic….”

The writer, Noelle Crombie, was telling about a quirky  second-hand clothing store on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard that caters to all ages, but particularly to the young…18-25. These customers like to pair unique pieces from various eras to create hip street fashions.

The writer listed popular items that youth recycle into new looks: “You’ll see pettipants–frilly shorts worn by square-dancers but popular with girls and women who bike….”

So the next time you’re at a square dance wearing pettipants for modesty, you can smile–or grimace–as you reflect on the more modern, “hip” look you could attain if you were a 20-something bicycle enthusiast.

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One Response

  1. Nice writing. Very interesting and pleasant to read.

    Can you recycle vintage people there?

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