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Checkerboards Attend 59th National Square Dance Convention in Louisville

Seven Checkerboard Squares traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 59th annual square dance convention. There they joined former Checkerboard members Steve and Gail who are now living on the east coast.

Six Checkerboards--plus two former members--pose by the fountain outside Freedom Hall, part of the Louisville Fair and Expo Center grounds.

These photos, taken by Helen, show some of the fun things the club members did. In addition to attending the festival, they toured Louisville in their rental van. They visited two historic homes, the Louisville Slugger museum, Churchill Downs and much more. At a Bob Evans restaurant, they sampled the various breads the restaurant serves, including blueberry. One morning, they dined at a Waffle House, a Southern chain that serves breakfast 24 hours a day.

Steve and Jo enjoy the Louisville Slugger Museum, where they learned about the manufacturing of baseball bats.

After the festival, the club members visited Graceland, the home of Elvis, in Tennessee, and drove to Branson. There they took in four shows. Everyone had a great time but agreed that they wished the vacation had been longer.

Churchill Downs was close to the square dance festival site.

Now everyone is looking forward to attending the 61st national square dance convention in Spokane. But first comes the summer festival in 2011 which the Portland Area Council is sponsoring, and which nearly half the Checkerboards are involved in planning.

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