SWINGING SAFARI WEEKEND
We enjoyed a wild weekend at Williston Crossing RV
Resort. There were twenty rigs and we were blessed with perfect weather. The
dance hall was decorated in the animal theme. The weekend started with a
sack supper followed by a special treat of strawberry shortcake. Thanks to
Ann and Ivan Hadsell who brought gallons of strawberry toppings, and Teri
Peck who baked the "shortcakes". There was enough left for ice cream
topped with strawberries at the Saturday after party. All weekend we snacked
on baboon butter, Hungry Hippo dip, Cheetah cheese and crackers, bags of
peanuts and animal crackers.
At Friday night's dance we were joined by the Clover Squares, a club from
Williston whose President is Vickie Todd. The dance hall was filled to the
brim with six squares. Both nights between each tip we asked an animal
trivia question and the winner received a "prize". The afterparty game on
Friday was the Hairy Monkey - the gals were blindfolded and had to guess
their man by feeling the guys hairy legs. Some didn’t guess right and that
just added to the fun.
Early Saturday morning some went to play golf while the others relaxed.
Thirty dancers enjoyed lunch at the Ivy House in downtown Williston.
The afternoon was spent in the "wild" - playing games. The elephant
walk was very challenging. At the Safari hunt, we had to find small plastic
animals. Teams of lions and the monkeys were on the hunt for peanuts. The
wild animal sounds coming from both teams at the same time was deafening, a
true call of the wild. Four teams competed in the Sneaky Snake string relay,
trying to get the snake down your pant leg was no easy task for some, while
others just got tangled up in string. On Saturday we enjoyed a wonderful
potluck dinner - campers are the best cooks. The Saturday night dance was
held under the stars, in the beautiful pavilion that overlooks a pond and
grist mill. Some of the Clover Squares joined us again. One last game was
Baboon Butt, the gals had to run to get a balloon, set it in the lap of
their partner, and sit on the balloon popping it to see if there was a
little piece of paper inside that had a number on it to claim a prize. A fun
afterparty eating ice cream and strawberries followed.
Bill Chestnut our caller and Ann Hadsell our cuer got into the swing of
things each night by wearing animal visors - Bill’s was a lion, so fitting
because he calls "normal lions" forward and back and Ann looked adorable
cueing in her zebra visor. They are such good sports putting up with us.
Sunday morning breakfast wraps, jungle juice and Gorilla grapes on a stick
were served. Ron and Linda Imus, Bill and Nancy Brown, and Gary and Gail
LaRue got up early to cook and serve breakfast. Andy and Malinda
Rawls got off to the right start by not only helping but joining the Gypsy
Squares as well. Not only did we have a great weekend of fun but we
are so pleased to announce we have our new members from Jacksonville.
Welcome Andy and Malinda!
What a weekend! It was such a pleasure working and planning it with Ron and
Linda Imus. The games and the prizes made for a great time. Thank you so
much. We used suggestions made by members that just fit right in with the
theme. That’s what it's all about. This is YOUR square dancing club -
if you have any ideas on themes for a dance weekend and want to host a
weekend, we are here to help. The club is only as good as it’s members. It’s
important to give our worker bees a break. The best part is not knowing who
belongs to which club - Gypsy Square or Square Wheels - we have become one
big happy camping and dancing family.
May 16-18 was State Convention in Lakeland and we had a really good turnout.
The LaRue’s and the Piecora’s hosted the after parties at their new matching
campers. I think we should have a tradition of kicking of tires when someone
gets a new rig, and they can have the after party and tour of the new
camper. It’s like showing off your new baby... everyone is so happy for you.
June 25-28 - National Square Dance Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas
July 25-26 - Peachtree Promenade 110 State Street, Commerce GA 30529
July 27-Aug 1 - International Camporee - Pride RV Resort - Maggie Valley,
NC, 4394 Jonathan Creek Rd, Waynesville NC 28785 (Looking forward to seeing
you in the cool mountains)
Next Club Dance:
Aug. 15-17 - Square Wheels hosting - Wilderness RV Park - 2771 N.E. 102nd
Ave., Silver Springs Hwy 40 E. Past Silver Springs, after the bridge over
the Oklawaha River on your left. $22.14 a night including tax. 352-625-1122
Martha will make your reservations. The GPS Address is 10313 E. Hwy 40,
Silver Spring, 34488
Sept. 19-21 - Square Wheels hosting - Southern Oaks RV Resort - 14140 SE 441
Summerfield Fl. 34491. Call and make your own reservations at 352-347-2550
Happy camping and dancing,
Gail & Gary LaRue (352) 861-1583
Gypsy Squares Presidents