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Costume Party Attracts Crowd

Helen promised to become the ugliest witch in the city for the Checkerboard Squares' costume party. She and her husband, Lee, were named as having the best outfits.

Pumpkins lined the stage. Scarecrows squatted on the steps leading to the stage.

And dozens of dancers–everything from witches to the Mad Hatter–filled the dance floor at the Rockwood Grange. The Checkerboard Squares were having a costume party to celebrate the season.

In a back corner of the hall, tables of new and gently used items were for sale in a silent auction. Where else in Portland could one buy an automobile emergency kit and a petticoat  in the same place?

Ornaments, music CDs, cookbooks, jewelry, knick-knacks, a stuffed snowman, a hand-made wooden horse towel holder, a woman’s penguin vest. It was an eclectic mix.

Would you buy a used car from this man? Mark and Bev found their costumes at a thrift shop. Not a surprise!

Between tips, dancers shopped. Many waited until the last minute to bid, hoping for a bargain.

The break featured the usual potluck…and pumpkin desserts. Door prizes were a bit unusual…10-pound bags of potatoes. (Maybe they’ll show up in another form at someone else’s dance this month.)

Prizes for costumes went to visitors although Lee and Helen’s outstanding costumes received acknowledgment. (A little girl at the dance who saw Helen with her buck teeth, hooked nose and green skin began to cry.)

Mark, Dixie, Bev, Ann and Lee pose downstairs after decorating the hall for the costume party.

Originally, the Checkerboards had planned that George Hermann would call with his wife, Patty, cuing.

But George had surgery this week after quite a bout in the hospital and was unable to call. (He’s getting better, which is an answer to many prayers!)

Roger Putzler and Ken Pratt filled in at the last minute. Because several students had come to the dance, Roger Putzler called one tip at a level the new dancers could attain to. They had fun joining in with the rest of the crowd.

Keith, a banana, and Linda, a cavewoman, are Happy Rock'rs turned Oaky Doaks.

The good attendance and abundance of costumes made the hall feel alive and abuzz with activity.

The next Checkerboard dance will be our 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 13.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, the club will give away more than 10 door prizes. Cake, Bev’s special punch, tables of food and decorations will add to the festivities.

The grand prize will be a 2011 summer festival ribbon.

And you’re invited to the party! Help us celebrate. Hope to see you there in a square!

Dixie registers one of the costume prize winners.

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