There are several opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio this week. Other dance information (including information about higher level square dances, round dances, and beginner dance instruction) is available on our monthly calendar and our workshops and classes web pages.
Sunday, October 19 – Friendly Ties Octoberfest Dance at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Caller: Tom Rudebock. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
Wednesday, October 22 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Friday, October 24 – Bucks & Does at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Nathaniel Arnett. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
Saturday, October 25 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Caller: Nathaniel Arnett. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
Saturday, October 25 – Westerville Promenaders at Westerville Senior Center, 310 West Main St, Westerville, from 7 to 9:45 PM. Caller: Jason Raleigh. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Sunday, October 26 – Maple Leaf Squares at Pilgrim Lutheran Church , 309 W Broadway, Granville, from 4:30 to 7 PM. Mystery Caller.
We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Sam Philipps, a well known and popular Central Ohio caller who passed away October 3 after a brief illness. Sam had been calling for nearly four decades and was the club caller for the Motivators and the Harmony DBDers, as well as the now-defunct Bunkhouse Reelers club which folded in 2012. Sam remained active as a caller up to the month preceding his death. He once said he felt square dance calling kept him young. He died three days shy of his 82nd birthday, at home, in the same room in which he had been born. Sam's passing leaves a deep hole in our square dancing community. He will be missed.
Bob and Janice have been married for 48 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They are both retired and spend most of their time square dancing and calling. Bob will go anywhere, anytime to call a square dance. He travels from southern Michigan to northern Kentucky and from West Virginia to Oklahoma.
In the mid 80’s, a group of seven people graduated from a lesson class taught by Jess Fugate from Sidney, Ohio and ventured out into the square dance world calling themselves the “Magnificent Seven”. They decided the club scene didn’t fit their style of dancing. During this time, the men wore “Stetsun” hats as part of their square dance attire. Their philosophy of fun, laughter, and fellowship soon spread over a 3 state area and influenced them to change their name to the “Stetsun Traveling Squares”. Their group grew rapidly and was widely becoming known for the enthusiasm they generated at the club dances they attended.
In the late 80’s, Bob, became interested in the calling aspect of the square dance activity. With the help from Ron Everhart’s Caller’s School he became a new (rookie) caller. Soon he was calling guest tips at some of the dances he attended. Off and running, he joined CALLERLAB and has attended many CALLERLAB Conventions. He is also a member of Indiana Dance Leaders Association (IDLA) and is BMI-ASCAP Licensed. He will soon be a member of the local Ohio Callers Association. During the early 1990’s, Bob, took lessons from Larry Cole’s Square Stars Callers School in Marion, Indiana. In the 10 week course he was introduced to technical and choreography of calling.
BOB IS VERY PATRIOTIC. For 20 years he has started all his dances with the National Anthem and ends with a patriotic song as well. You will often see him dressed in Red, White and Blue attire along with his trademark, the “Cowboy” hat. His most requested singing calls are “Rocky Top” and “Long Black Train”.
For 15 years, Bob worked with Jolly and Alice Baldwin, of Winchester, Indiana and cuers, Judy and Dave Mouton, of Hartford City, Indiana as part of the staff of The Bearcreek Getaway Weekend at Bearcreek Farms in Bryant, Indiana. Great food, fun and dance was had by all.
For 12 years Bob has been a Board Member of the Indiana Square and Round Dance Convention and currently chairman of the Sound Committee.
Bob has been part of the calling staff on two Cruises. One to the Caribbean and one to the Mexican Riviera. On the first cruise, he met Fred and Pat Trujillo of Andover, Kansas. Bob and Fred have been sponsoring a “Dancin N Branson Weekend” in Branson, Missouri. If you are in the Branson area on July 4th weekend in 2015, look him up.
Bob is currently teaching lesson class at Double H Squares in Huber Heights, Ohio. He loves to teach as much as he loves to call dances. Bob believes in keeping the fun in dancing and does so by entertaining the dancers with skits and jokes and is quite a prankster.