Sand Dollars annual square dance jamboree

Everyone welcome to join in or watch at the Bradley Centre June 12-14

The Sand Dollars square dancing club is set to host their fifth annual June Bug Jamboree Square Dance this weekend and they’re inviting everyone to attend.

The full weekend will start on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a night of old-time square dancing.

“(It will be a) fun evening,” said Rocky Woolverton, who is in charge of publicity for the club.

According to Rocky, old-time dancing is a “simplified version of square dancing” and is accessible to beginners.

“If you’re listening, you can dance too,” said Jean Woolverton.

Friday evening will start off with some round dancing, which is organized and cued ballroom dancing.

Ray Schmidt, the club’s regular caller, and John McArthur will lead participants through the steps to live music provided by the Port Alberni Old Time Fiddlers.

The Jamboree will continue on Saturday, June 13 with dances from 1-2 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m. There will also be a dance on the morning of Sunday, June 14 at 10 a.m.

These events will feature round dancing and mainstream square dancing, which will be called and cued by a panel of people from around the Island.

Again, everyone is invited to attend the events on Saturday and Sunday.

However, Rocky said that the dancing on these days will be quite advanced as most of the people who attend are from other square dancing clubs.

If the dancing seems too difficult to participate in, Rocky said people are still welcome to attend the event as spectators.

On the food front, Rocky said there will be coffee and tea available during the dances, but there will not be a concession.

On Saturday and Sunday morning, members of the Bradley Centre will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m.

The breakfast — which consists of two pancakes, one egg, sausage, bacon and coffee or tea — costs $6 and is available to everyone, including Bradley Centre members and their guests, said Gunter Buschhaus, treasurer at the Bradley Centre.

Also, there will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday for dancers.

All of the June Bug Jamboree Square Dance events will be held at the Bradley Centre in Coombs, which is located at 975 Shearme Rd. Admission for the Jamboree is $10 per day for anyone who plans on dancing and free for spectators.

For those coming from out of town, there is RV parking available for $5 a night.

 

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