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Checkerboard Squares Converge on Albany, Ore., for Mid-Winter Festival

The table seemed to stretch forever across the Cascade Grill restaurant near the Albany Expo Center. Checkerboard members just kept coming…old members and new members alike. By the time everyone was seated, 18 of the 20 club members attending this year’s Mid-Winter had squished around the table. Bill and Annadale from The Dalles joined the group.

Coconut prawns were the top entree choice; club members who had eaten at the restaurant the night before recommended them. Thick sourdough bread, salads or soup, sweet potatoes or baked potatoes and vegetables accompanied the main courses. Everyone left full…but not too full to dance.

Following the Saturday night dinner, everyone watched the showcase of rounds and the opening ceremonies. The club’s own Tony Haskins sat on the stage with dignitaries such as Albany’s mayor. Tony gave a short introduction to the summer festival this coming July 8, 9, 10 at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

A flag ceremony honoring the American military and POWs/MIAs, an invocation and the presentation of the Randall Award to Tim Roberts and his wife comprised the opening ceremonies. Then it was back to square dancing and round dancing.

The Checkerboards spent much of their time either manning the 2011 summer festival registration table or dancing with new club members in the new dancers hall. That hall is a great encouragement for new dancers, and the Checkerboards’ newest club members sang its praises.

Although the Mid-Winter registration was not as big as last year, the event was just as much fun.

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