We can't say enough about the wonderful weekend at Blueberry Hill, the 2009
NCSDA Camporee was a huge success. Those of you who did not attend, and
there were many, would be wise to mark it on your calendar for next year.
It will be in Bushnell once again and we will fill you in on the details
when they are finalized. Dale and I were joined by Judi and John Corbett,
Lorraine and Vinnie Piecora, Dee Casteel (who by the way is Chairperson for
next year's camporee) Maxine Thomas and Billy Luper. But, small group that
we were, we definitely have bragging rights for the Gypsy Squares. #168 took
the first place trophy for our impromptu skit. It was so hilarious we had a
hard time to keep from laughing all the way through. So did the judges and
after wiping their tears, they awarded us the "traveling trophy". We will
bring it with us to Ocala, a great Christmas gift to #168! (With a little
arm-twisting we could perhaps perform it once again for all of you??) Next
year's theme will be "Mardi Gras", so lets help Dee all the way. The
Gypsies volunteered to take the decoration chairmanship. HELP!!!
O�LENO HOEDOWN will be held
November 6th, 7th and 8th at O'Leno State Park. This is a Gypsy/Square
Wheels endeavor so it is our November campout with lots of dancers in
attendance. Some of you have signed up to work on a committee, but if you
have not and wish to participate, please contact Mary Chesnut at
352-475-2550, or e-mail her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The rules for O'Leno are pretty much the same as in
years past. If this is your lst O'Leno Hoedown as a Gypsy member
and you wish to work, you pay the entry fee and sign up to be on a
committee. The fee for dances & meals is $32 per person. If you have paid in
a prior year and have worked, all you do this year is pay $10 per person for
the Saturday evening dinner and offer Mary your assistance. If you just want
to attend the hoedown and not work, the fees will be posted. We will have
the consignment shop again for Square Dance related clothing, etc. All items
must be clean and on a hanger with an envelope attached to each item stating
the amount and some way to identify you. Each person is responsible for
supplying their own rack or display table, and for removing any unsold items
at the end of the dance on Saturday night.
(national and club) will be collected from now through our December campout
at Ocala. Some paid at Pacetti's and we will also collect at O'Leno.
National has requested dues be in by mid December. Renewal dues are $30.00
per couple and $15.00 for singles. If you intend to mail a check, please
make it payable to Gypsy Squares and send to: Jay Peck, 875 Lindenwood
Circle East, Ormond Beach Fl. 32174.
Plans are in motion to make
our annual Christmas Campout at Ocala Sun RV Park a fun and fellowship,
dancing and eating, gifting and auctioning weekend. Each rig must make
their own reservations by calling 1-877-809-1100. The rally price is $27.00
per night, which is $10.00 less than their regular rate. Call with a credit
card I just reserved for Dale and I. The board has once again decided that
our treasury is in the holiday spirit and we will have a picnic potluck on
Friday before the dance, with the club furnishing the hot dogs and buns.
Weather and fireplace permitting, we will have a marshmallow roast after the
dance. Jay and Teri are preparing their fantastic ham and the trimmings�
dinner on Saturday - desserts are welcome of course! (Please let us know
ASAP if you will attend so they have an accurate head count.) Dinner will
be followed by our fun $5.00 minimum Chinese Auction! The board voted to
help make Christmas a little merrier for the less fortunate this year (we
are all so lucky) and we hope to collect $10 from each couple to be given to
a needy family on behalf of the Gypsy Squares. Karen Gagne is handling this
for us, and your donation will be greatly appreciated.
I hope you also have
November 20-21st marked on your calendar to attend the NE Florida
Square and Round Dancers Association (NEFSARDA) 56th Fall
Festival in Jacksonville The Gypsy charter is registered with this group, so
our support is highly recommended. I have two ribbons left at $15.00 each
($18.00 at the door) for the whole weekend - email me if you are interested.
This year's theme is �A Walk on the Wild Side, and I am sure it will be a
wild, fun dance. All clubs were asked to donate a silent auction item and
we are providing a beautiful framed picture. Details can be found by going
to our fabulous website
http://www.floridasquaredance.com/gypsysquares/index.html, click on Grapevine and it will
take you to an abundance of information.
Ok Joanne, you can give up the mike now.but before I sign off, I will
calendar through 2010 for
reference. Of course this is not written in stone, so it can be altered if
necessary. See you at O'Leno.
Joanne and Dale