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Aug. 31, 2012, Dance Benefits the Salvation Army

The Portland area council’s Aug. 31 dance held at the Oak Grove Community Center raised $401 for the Salvation Army. All proceeds will go to the Salvation Army. This organization often experiences a lack of funds during the summer months, and the PAC wanted to help out. Oak Grove donated the use of its building for the dance. Caller and cuers also donated their time. The Wild Cards emceed. Rounds began at 7:30 p.m.; squares started at 8 p.m. Casual attire was welcome; square dance attire was fine, too!


Summer Festival Photo CD Available

PDT Photography, official photographers of the 2011 summer festival, is offering a CD with 450 cropped festival photos for $18.95. 

With so many photos on the CD, you’ll likely find yourself at the festival or find a picture of a friend. 

You can see some of their photos on the 2011 summer festival page on this Web site. Just go to the home page and click on the link.

You can download the order form and order by mail by clicking on the link that follows this sentence: PDT CD order form 1.

To order, call Phil Thiessen at 503-510-2415. Or you can e-mail him at pdtphotography@yahoo.com. Phil and Shelly will promptly fill your order. 

Happy memories of a wonderful weekend!

Seattle Photographer Offers Portraits, Photo Event Coverage at 2011 Summer Festival

Photo collages are a new photo offering at the 2011 summer festival in Troutdale, Ore. The 8×10 collages will include an individual’s or a group’s formal portrait plus additional photos of the festival.

Click on this form to see an enlarged view of the prices and sizes for portraits at the 2011 summer festival.

Seattle photographer Phil Thiessen and his wife, Shelly, also will offer the standard selections of portraits: 8×10, 5×7 and wallet-size photos in various packages or as individual photos. The couple will have available a CD with all of a person’s or a group’s portrait poses plus complete coverage of the festival. Photo sittings and proofs are complimentary.

The husband-wife duo, which makes up the company, PDT Photography, studied photography together in college. Phil will photograph individuals, couples, groups and clubs during festival hours. Shelly will photograph the festival itself, providing the pictures for the collages and CDs.


Oregon Ballet Theater Includes Square Dancing in Performance

Square dancing pops up in the oddest places. This time, square dancing appeared in the Oregon Ballet Theater’s spring performance of George Balanchine’s “Square Dance.”

This 24-minute work, set to music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli, features a live square dance caller.

According to the PAC’s April minutes, at least two members of the Oaky Doaks were planning to attend the ballet on April 23. The club was invited to do a dance demo before the ballet.

The ballet ran from April 21 to May 1. I wish I had gone. But I guess I’ll go to a real square dance instead.

Specialty Coffee Drinks for Sale at 2011 Summer Festival

Dancers can bask in the air-conditioned comfort of Reynolds High School until the after parties close…without ever having to leave the building for food or drinks. That’s because the school’s food court will be open. In addition, Coffee’s On, a popular Gresham-area coffee shop, will sell iced and hot coffee drinks. Just another reason to sign up for the 2011 summer festival!

Tickets to Go on Sale for Summer Festival USO Show

The trio, 2 Sisters & a Mr., will perform on July 9, at the 2011 summer festival in Troutdale, Ore.

A USO show with the trio, Two Sisters and a Mr., is one of the entertainment features for the 2011 summer festival. The WWII era influences the trio’s attire (hats and gloves), and their repertoire ranges through the ’50s.

They sing songs such as “Tuxedo Junction,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree” and “Sincerely.”

“We love to sing,”  Terry Scott, the group’s manager, said. “Folks of all ages love this music, and they’re not getting it anywhere else.”

The 2 Sisters performed their debut at a major fundraising USO show for “The Wings of Freedom Showcase,” a project dedicated to restoring “The Bomber,” a WWII B-17G.

The group has performed for churches, at concerts in the parks, for fairs, at festivals and more. Summer festival chairman Tony Haskins discovered the trio at the Oregon State Fair last summer as he supervised the square dancing exhibition. He was so impressed that he hired the trio on the spot for the 2011 summer festival.

The group loves to sing!

Tickets for the summer festival USO show are an additional $5 beyond the price of the festival, but are a bargain at that.

The concert will take place at the Reynolds High School auditorium on Saturday, July 9, at 6 p.m. The concert will last until 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale after Feb. 14. Only 500 tickets are available. Seating is open festival-style, so come early for the best spots. The event is open to the public. Send an e-mail to Checkerboardsquares@gmail.com for more information.

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.