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The Little Brown Jug Square Dance Club

Last Updated September 2015

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The Little Brown Jug Square Dance Club originated as an offshoot of the Delaware Square Ups (a couples club) in the Spring of 1986. Bob Jones taught the first class (1985–1986) assisted by Don Kinnear and others when Bob had back trouble; then Cecil Abery taught for 2 years (1986–1988), Tom Dillander for 3 years (1988–1991), Lowell Noland for 4 years (1991–1995) and now Bob Daye (1995–present). Somewhere around 1998 the club was renamed Little Brown Jug Singles Square Dance Club with the idea of recruiting more than just couples to the dance world. Today we have shortened the name to Little Brown Jug Square Dancers and welcome couples and singles of all ages.

Horse Drawn Carriage
Going to the dance in style!

Dances for singles and couples were first held at the Delaware Armory which had a beautiful wooden floor. Their second home base was the Delaware Vocational School and when that became too costly, the club moved to the Hillborn Room at Mingo Park Recreation Center. When the Delaware YMCA opened in 2012, Little Brown Jug Square Dancers partnered with them, hoping to enhance recruitment. Lessons were moderately attended for 2 years. But in the summer of 2014 the yard sign recruitment campaign was so successful they had to move their class of 25 to larger quarters in the Delaware #376 Eagles Lodge. As of January,2015 the Eagles Lodge, at 28 E. William Street, is "the Club's" permanent home.

On November 17, 2017, the Little Brown Jug Square Dance Club will host its annual charity dance for People in Need and Grace Free Medical Clinic of Delaware. It will take place at Delaware Bible church, 45 Belle Avenue, from 7:30 - 10:30 with Ed Laudenschlager calling and Phyllis Burdette cuing. The public is welcome.

During the school year this plus-level-with-rounds club dances on the 3rd and 5th Fridays from 7:30 to 10:15 as well as a special dance on the 3rd Sunday in July.

Demo Dance
Delaware Mainstreet Demo Dance

During the summer Little Brown Jugs focus on promoting square dancing in a variety of demonstrations and local community events. The most popular lately has been dancing at 1st Friday Mainstreet in Delaware with our bright yellow T-shirts and yard signs.