Childgrove Family Dance (on hiatus)

Alas, we have had to put the Family Dances on hiatus until further notice. Although the folks who came reported having a truly wonderful time, not enough of them showed up over time to cover expenses, and we've had to cancel them. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help us recruit families to come to the dances, we'd be more than delighted to start holding them again!

ABOUT THE FAMILY DANCES (when we held them)

All are welcome: young and old, new dancers and experienced ones! Bring yourself and your children or grandchildren. We call simple, fun dances anyone can do to live music.  All of the dances are designed so that children who are uncomfortable dancing with people they don't know yet can stay with the person they chose to dance with - a parent, grandparent or friend. 

DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW?  No prior experience is necessary to enjoy the dance.  All of the dances are taught and walked through, and when the music plays, the caller continues to prompt the dances. There is usually much laughter and fun, and "mistakes" are treated as a part of that fun.

WHO: Children and adults of all ages are welcome.  We've seen 4-year-olds who get awfully good at this, but it's probably better for children age 6 and up. We choose dances that are fun for kids to do with their parents or each other, so please come prepared to join in!

WHEN:

WHERE: The Monday Club at 37 South Maple in Webster Groves.

FEE:

  • Children, $3 each
  • Adults, $5 each
  • Families - maximum $16
  • Dance Angels - free

 

 

PAST DANCES:

Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 3:00-4:30pm - Family Dance.

band: Roger Netherton and Alyssa Caitlin
caller: Karen Jackson & Mac McKeever

 Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 3:00-4:30pm - Family Dance.

band: Cloud Nine (Tim Lilly on harp, Martha Edwards on fiddle)
caller: Bob Green and Karen Jackson

Upcoming Dances

WELL, DRAT!!! The weather turned so bad this afternoon that we are (reluctantly) going to CANCEL  tonight's dance. So, NO WALTZ PARTY on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  :-(

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 7-9pm Waltz Party  CANCELLED On account of snow, darn it!
         (Vintage Couples Dances) $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra (Martha Edwards and Aileen Murphy, fiddles, Tim Hirzel, flute, Tim Lilly, harp and guitar, and Billy Boyer, keyboard)
workshop leader: Bob Green, who will teach the Zwiefacher!

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: MO Possum Tamers (Dedo Norris)
caller: Deborah Hyland

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7pm Callers Choice Dance $8

band: The Mound City Slickers
callers: wonderful local callers

Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Trad to the Bone (Irish)
caller: Jim Hemphill

Monday February 4, 2019 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Martha and the Troublemakers
caller: Bob Green

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.

Friday February 15, 2019 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  TBA
caller: Karen Jackson

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Meadowhawk - from Urbana, IL (Claire Johnson - fiddle, Amanda Ramey - fiddle, Matt Turino - guitar and feet)
caller: Lauren Peckman

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green or Lauren Peckman

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Boney Goat String Band
caller: Ted Steele

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Callers Choice Dance  Cancelled
(The callers want to go to Chance Dance in Cape Girardeau - see you there!)

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Hot Coffee Breakdown (from Louisville, KY:  Tom Cunningham on fiddle, Kate Sanders on keyboard and Luis deLeon on percussion)
caller: Chet Gray from Louisville, KY

Monday March 4, 2019 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Road Kill Ramblers (Geoff Seitz and friends)
caller: Deborah Hyland

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.

Friday March 15, 2018 7pm HELLO SPRING! English Country Dance Ball  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  TBA
caller: Wonderful Local Callers

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Snorty Horse
caller: Mac McKeever

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green or Lauren Peckman

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Little Egypt Pep Steppers
caller: Wade Pearson

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7pm - Contra Dance $8

band: Root Diggers
caller: Dale Wilson

More dances...

Location of our Regular Dances

the Monday Club in Webster Groves, MO

Click here for a Google map of 37 S. Maple, Webster Groves, MO
Click here for a MapQuest map of 37 S. Maple, Webster Groves, MO

Directions to our regular dances at 37 S Maple in Webster Groves, MO:

  • Take I-44 to Elm Ave (Exit 280).
  • Go North on Elm for a little less than a mile.
  • Turn Right on Lockwood (Stoplight) and go 1 block to Maple.
  • Turn Right on Maple (Hardware Store) and go 1 block.
  • The Monday Club is on your right, at the corner of Cedar and Maple.

 

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If you have a question, or there's something we can do to fix things, let us know!  Contact Mac McKeever at 636-537-1643 or Martha Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll see what we can do.

Fundraising Quilt Raffle!

OK - the dust has settled, and the winners have been drawn!!  BOTH quilts were won by women named "Anne" -- and both are from Illinois! What are the odds!?!?

The Marsha Bray, "Windmills in Autumn," quilt will be going to Anne Robin, from Champaign, IL. Karen hopes to deliver it the last weekend in Sept., at a Barn Dance weekend in the "Chambana" area...

The Stephanie Sappington, "Squared Silk Ties" quilt, won by Anne Jones, is being given back to Karen, to re-raffle for Julie's benefit at a future time that feels appropriate!! Woo hoo!"

The total brought in from ticket sales and donations was a whopping $2800!! (This community ROCKS!!) AND - with that amount being doubled by another "anonymous donor," as a "matching grant," the grand total going to Julie and her needs will *actually* be $5600!! How awesome is that?!?! This means that we've pre-paid for Julie's E-stim therapy bike, as well as the packing, shipping, unpacking and setting up of same, as WELL as some money to go directly into her trust to be used as needed. Karen has plans to deliver "the goods" to Julie on September 20, 2012.

Yay, dancers!! :)

 A Bit of Background

 Our dear friend Julie Carman, from the Carbondale area, was involved in a terrible car accident last year which left her unable to walk or use her fingers.  She's been working hard to do everything possible to regenerate the nerve connections that will allow her to have as close to a normal life as she can, and amazingly, she's maintained her fabulous, luminescent spirit through all these trials.

There was hardly any insurance coverage to help her out - not her own, and not the other driver's.

She's found a piece of equipment that may help her rejuvenate her muscles, one of a type that had helped her before. It's a used one, but it still costs several thousand dollars, which would put a huge dent in her trust fund, so the dance community is doing what it can to help her raise the money.

Marsha Bray and Stephanie Sappington donated the beautiful quilts that were raffled off.  Marsha made the quilt she donated, and Stephanie's mother and grandmother worked together to make the other one, largely out of silk ties!  The drawing was on Sept. 15, 2012, at the Monday club.

The raffle is now over, but the opportunity to help Julie is not!   As you can imagine, without health insurance, needed medical help can be simply unaffordable. 

You can make a direct donation to Julie's trust fund, using a check made out to "Julie Carman," or "Julie Carman Payback Trust,"  and mailed to her sister at:

Debbie Bach, Trustee
Julie Carman Payback Trust
209 Sugar Hill Road,
Ava, IL 62907.

Potluck Recipes

Kale Salad from Pish Hinton

1/2 bunch kale
1/8th cup of raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup red star nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
tablespoon olive oil

Slice kale in to thin strips and place in bowl
Add vinegar and salt and toss
Add hempseeds, cumin, coriander, and yeast and toss
And olive oil and toss

Another Version of Pish's Kale Salad - from Martha Edwards

Package of Kale from Trader Joe's
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup brewer's yeast - flaky kind
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup raisins (the fat ones from Trader Joes are recommended)

Take off the stems from the kale, tear any big pieces into bite-sized pieces.
Add olive oil and toss to coat kale
Add vinegar and toss to mix
Add hemp seeds, brewer's yeast, cumin, coriander and salt. Toss.
Add raisins, toss.  Put in pretty bowl. Fun to eat with chopsticks.