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Club News (11/16/2017)

Turkey Trot Dance - 11/05/17

On Sunday, Nov 05, 2017, the Cast Off 8's hosted their Turkey Trot Dance at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT with Bill Mager calling. Barbara and Steve Hazelton were the host and hostess for the event. The snack table was well supplied with goodies - thanks to the members of the Cast Off 8's. Barbara & Steve did a great job of decorating for the dance with many helping hands. Eight clubs attended the dance making a total attendance of 37 dancers. Twenty dancers enjoyed the Advance Hour. The clubs attending were Cast Off 8's (24), CT Valley Swingers (1), Country Corner Squares (4), Checkmates (2), Lake Champlain Squares (1), Lamoille River Swingers (2), Maple Squares (1) and Wanderers (2). Everyone had a great time, thank you Bill for calling a great dance, see you in 2018. Two videos were taken of a Mainstream Tip. The first video is a patter call and the second video is a singing call. Both videos are also on the "Video Page" of the website.

39th Anniversary Dance - 9/17/17

On Sunday September 17, the Cast Off 8's held their 39th Anniversary Dance with Red Bates calling. Red called A1/A2 between 1:00 and 2:00 followed by Mainstream & Plus until 4:30. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. The hosts for the dance were Lois and Roy Jackson. The picture to the right is of Red talking to Ron & Claire Stevens. Also in the picture are Aldor & Margaret Anderson. Thank you Sallie, for sending me the picture.

We had a turnout of 36 square dancers from 5 square dance clubs (Cast Off 8's 28, Lake Champlain Squares 3, Connecticut Valley Swingers 1, Lamoille River Swingers 2, Star Promenaders from Medford, OR 2). The dancers from Medford OR were traveling in the Northeast and found the dance on our website. We want to thank all of the clubs for their support. Thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off 8's, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Red made the dance enjoyable with some interesting calling, thank you Red. There is a video on the Dance Video Page.

Inn at East Hill Farm Dance - 9/8 thru 9/12/17

The Inn at East Hill Farm outside Troy, New Hampshire was the venue for a 5 day Plus and Advance extended weekend dance. Plus weekend started Friday evening and ended Sunday morning. The Advance weekend started Sunday evening and ended Tuesday morning. The callers were Ron Libby & Johnny Preston with Beverly Mackay cueing rounds.

As usual, the Inn fed us well! fourteen club members attended the event. Attending the Plus session were Rhonda R and Don R. Attending the Advance session were Roy & Lois J, Jim & Jean P, and Frank & Audrey G. Four club members, Barbara & Steve H and Ed & Trudy D., danced both sessions. We all had a good time, see you next year Ron & Johnny.

Summer Magic 2017

The 9th Summer Magic was held in Cornwall, Ontario on August 25, 26, and 27, 2017. The weekend was planned by Avena Smolkin and Don Moger. Joining Don Moger were Michael Kellogg (CA), Tony Oxendine (SC), and Charlie Robertson (CA). Back by popular demand to cue round dancing was Steve and Irene Bradt (PA). The dance schedule for the weekend had the callers rotate halls every 45 minutes. In this manner, the dancers had plenty of variety. This year there was full time Plus, A1, A2 and C1 halls. Friday afternoon featured the staff callers calling Plus from 2:30 to 4:00 PM as a warm up to the weekend.

Four members of the Cast Off 8's attended the weekend for the 9th time. Jim & Jean P and Roy & Lois J made the trip to Cornwall. The food was excellent this year. The four of us spent the weekend in the A2 Hall. We plan on attending next year's event. So please, join us. If you want information about the event, send me an email.

VT Convention - 5/20/17

On Saturday, May 20, the Vermont Association of Western Style Square Dance Clubs (VAWSSDC) held the 41st Annual Square and Round Dance Convention in Barre, VT. The event began at 1:00 PM and ended at 10:30 PM with a dinner break. The level of square dancing was Mainstream thru Advance in three halls. The round dancing was Phase II-V with an Introduction to rounds. Seventeen members of the Cast Off 8's attended the event and enjoyed the dancing. Pictures were not taken by club members.

Graduation Dance - 5/06/2017

On Saturday, May 6, the Cast Off 8's held their Graduation Dance for new club members, who were welcomed into the club on Wednesday night, 4/26. Bucky Tenney was the caller. The event began with A1/A2 at 6:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus between 7:30 and 10:00. Steve and Barbara Hazelton were the host and hostess for the dance. Thirty five square dancers attended repesenting four clubs. Twenty five were members of the Cast Off 8's. Twenty dancers signed in for advance, ten were guest dancers. Lamoille River Swingers had a successful Banner Raid with 8 members attending. A video was taken of a Mainstream Tip and a Plus Tip. Bucky called a dance that everyone enjoyed. Thank you, Bucky!

Welcoming New Members Potluck & Dance - 4/26/2017

On Wednesday, April 27, the Cast Off 8's had a potluck and dance to welcome new members into the club. The evening started with grace and the potluck at 6:30, which was quickly consumed by all. After cleaning up and restoring the tables, the club went upstairs for the welcoming dance.

Seven of eight class members were welcomed into the club after a brief ceremony. Pictured below are Roland Fay, Peter Tobin (Club Caller), Suzanne Pitaniello, Bianca Stone (with newborn, Odette), Ben Pease, Lauren Norford, Kylenne Gurney, Barbara Weintraub, and Bonnie Cohen (Class Coordinator). Ginger Anderson also joined, but was enjoying the Florida sunshine. Also two returning square dancers, Aldor & Margaret Anderson, joined the club. Afterwards, Peter started calling the welcoming dance by calling a special class tip which everyone enjoyed watching. Thank you, Cast Off 8's for an enjoyable evening.

Banner Raid in Keene, NH - 04/08/17

Eight members of the Cast Off 8's ventured to Keene, NH for the Monadnock Squares April Showers Dance. Peter Tobin was the square dance caller and Marilyn Rivenburg cued round dancing. Advance Level was between 7:00 and 7:30 PM, followed by Mainstream/Plus with Round Dancing until 10:00. The club members on the raid were Butch & Linda, Steve & Barbara, Larry & Sallie, and Don & Rhonda. Debra Tobin was also at the dance. Everyone enjoyed the dance, thank you Peter for calling a great square dance and the Monadnock Squares for hosting the dance.

April Showers Dance - 4/02/17

On Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 the Cast Off8's hosted the April Shower Dance with Don Moger calling. The hosts for the dance were Jerry & Amy Q and Joanne Brown. They did a great job with the decorations with helping hands. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items. We had 39 square dancers at the event with eight clubs being represented. No banners were awarded. Thank you, Don for calling an enjoyable afternoon of dancing.

East Hill Farm Advance Weekend 3/31/17 - 4/02/17

Eight members of the Cast Off 8's ventured to East Hill Farm for an Advance weekend with Don Moger and Ted Lizotte calling. We did a lot of dancing and enjoyed every bit of it. One thing I'll say about the East Hill Farm, they feed you well. With all the dancing, I don't think anyone lost any weight. The club members attending were Barbara & Steve H, Jim & Jean P, Roy & Lois J, and Peter & Debbie T. We can't wait until next year. Thank you, Don and Ted for a great weekend of dancing.

A Workshop Suprise - Wednesday 3/29/17

At the Wednesday Workshop, our club caller, Peter Tobin, was surprised by Debra with a birthday cake to celebrate his 60th birthday. After the cake, a class member, Kylenne performed a dance to honor Peter's birthday. A few pictures taken by Sallie are below. Peter is on the stage along with Kylenne brother and club member, Teigen.

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Banner Raid in Keene, NH - 03/11/17

Eight members of the Cast Off 8's ventured to Keene, NH for the Monadnock Squares Pot of Gold Dance. Ted Lizotte was the caller and Birgit Maguire cued round dancing. Advance Level was between 7:00 and 7:30 PM, followed by Mainstream/Plus with Round Dancing until 10:00. Club members on the raid were Butch & Linda A, Peter & Debbie T, Steve & Barbara H, and Roy & Lois J. Everyone enjoyed the dance, thank you Ted for calling a great square dance and the Monadnock Squares for hosting the dance. A video taken at the dance is on the "Dance Videos" Page.

St Patty's Dance - 2/26/17

Sunday, February 26, the club held the St Patty's Dance with Ken Ritucci calling A1/A2 at 1:00 PM followed by Mainstream and Plus between 2:00 and 4:30. The host and hostess were Ed and Trudy Dias. Thanks to the members of the Cast Off 8's, the snack table was well supplied with tasty items.

Seven square dance clubs attended the event making a total of 48 dancers of which 28 were members of the Cast Off 8's. There was not a successful Banner Raid. Ken called a dance that everyone enjoyed. During the Advance hour, Ken had 4 squares dancing Advance. Thank you, Ken!

Sweetheart Dance - 1/29/17

On Sunday, January 29, the Cast Off 8's held the Sweetheart Dance with Don Bachelder calling. The event began with A1/A2 at 1:00 followed by Mainstream & Plus between 2:00 and 5:00. Audrey and Frank Giannini were the hosts for the event. As usual, the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items.

Thirty six square dancers representing seven clubs joined in on the festivities. Twenty four members of the Cast Off 8's were at the dance. There was not a successful Banner Raid. Don called a dance which everyone enjoyed. There was a video taken of the dancing, which is also on the "Dance Videos" Page of the website.

Holiday Potluck - 12/07/16

On Wednesday, Dec 07 the Cast Off'8s held their Holiday Potluck and dance at the Lothrop School Gym. At 6:30 we enjoyed a satisfying potluck, thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off8's. After cleaning up, the club adjourned to the Lothrop Gym where club caller, Peter Tobin, called a dance until about 9:30. Thanks again to the members of the club for tasty potluck and to Peter for calling a great dance.






Holiday Dance - 12/04/16

On Sunday, Dec 04 the Cast Off 8's held their Holiday Dance at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT with Don Moger calling. Butch and Linda Atwood were the host and hostess for the event. The snack table was well supplied with goodies - thanks to the members of the Cast Off 8's. The dance hall was well decorated with many helping hands. Nine clubs were at the dance - making a total of 52 dancers. Eight members of the Monadnock Squares were present and receive a Cast Off 8's banner. We also had 37 sign in for Advance dancing. Everyone had a great time, thank you Don for calling a great dance. There was a video taken of the dancing, which is also on the "Dance Videos" Page of the website.

Turkey Trot Dance - 11/06/16

On Sunday, Nov 06 the Cast Off 8's hosted their Turkey Trot Dance at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT with Ted Lizotte calling. Steve and Barbara Hazelton were the host and hostess for the event. The snack table was well supplied with goodies - thanks to the members of the Cast Off 8's. Steve & Barbara did a great job of decorating for the dance with many helping hands. Nine clubs were at the dance making a total of 59 dancers. Monadnock Squares had 8 club members and receive a Cast Off 8's banner. We also had 4 plus squares of Advance dancers. Everyone had a great time, thank you Ted for calling a great dance. There are videos of the dancing on the "Dance Videos" Page of the website.

Halloween Workshop -10/26/2016

Every year the Cast Off 8's have a Halloween Workshop (costume optional) and this year was no exception. The attendees try to figure out "who was behind" the costume and sometimes it's difficult task. Everyone had an enjoyable time. A few pictures were taken by Linda A and sent to me by email for the website. Thank you Linda!

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26th Tumbling Leaves Festival - 10/14-16/2016

The Annual Tumbling Leaves Festival in Bennington, VT is a regional dance which each year has been well attended by the Cast Off 8's. The dance level was Mainstream through Challenge, level C1. The callers for this dance were Red Bates, Don Moger, Bill Harrison, John Marshall, Tim Marriner, and Ken Retucci. The cuers were Beverly Mackay and Steve & Irene Bradt.

There were 17 club members attending the Festival: Debra & Peter T, Don & Rhonda R, Arnie W, Joanne K, Butch & Linda A, Roy & Lois J, Jim & Jean P,Jerry & Amy Q, David & Gale Q, and Rick H. Everyone had a good time. We can hardly wait for next year. Pictures were not taken by club members.

Banner Raid in Keene NH - 10/08/16

Eight members of the Cast Off 8's ventured to Keene, NH for the Monadnock Squares Harvest Ball. Six members stopped in Keene for dinner and afterwards drove to the ball. Darrell Sprague was the caller and Harriett Clarke cued round dancing. Advance Level was between 7:00 and 8:00 PM, followed by Mainstream/Plus and Round Dancing until 10:30. In the picture are club member on the raid and the dance caller. Beginning on the left are Butch & Linda A, Frank & Audrey G, Darrell Sprague (the caller), Rhonda R, Don R, and Lois & Roy J. Everyone enjoyed the dance, thank you Darrell for calling a great square dance and the Monadnock Squares for hosting the dance. A video was taken at the dance and is on the "Dance Videos" Page.


38th Anniversary Dance - 9/17/16

On Saturday September 17, the Cast Off 8's held their 38th Anniversary Dance with Red Bates calling. Red called A1/A2 between 6:30 and 7:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus until 10:30. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. The hosts for the dance were Lois and Roy Jackson.

We had a turnout of 41 square dancers from 6 square dance clubs Cast Off 8's 25, Monadnock Squares 8, Connecticut Valley Swingers 1, Lamoille River Swingers 4, Country Corners Squares 2, and Lake Champlain Squares 1. The Monadnock Squares took home a banner from a successful banner raid. We thank all of the clubs for their support. Thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off 8's, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Red made the dance enjoyable with some interesting calling, thank you Red. There are two videos on the "Dance Video" Page.

Inn at East Hill Farm Dance - 9/9 thru 9/13/16

The Inn at East Hill Farm outside Troy, New Hampshire was the venue for a 5 day Plus and Advance extended weekend dance. Plus weekend was Friday evening thru Sunday morning and the Advance weekend started Sunday evening ending Tuesday morning. The callers were Ron Libby & Johnny Preston with Beverly Mackay cueing rounds.

As usual, the Inn fed us well! Twelve club members attended the event. Attending the Plus session was Rhonda R, Don R, Frank & Audrey G, and Leslie & Steven B. Attending the Advance session were Roy & Lois J and Jim & Jean P. Two club members, Barbara & Steve H, danced both sessions. We all had a good time, see you next year Ron & Johnny.

Summer Magic - 2016

The 8th Summer Magic 2016 was held in Cornwall, Ontario on August 26, 27, and 28, 2016. The weekend was planned by Avena Smolkin and Don Moger. Joining Don Moger were Tim Marriner, Johnny Preston, and Jack Pladdys. Back by popular demand to cue round dancing was Steve and Irene Bradt. The dance schedule for the weekend had the callers rotate halls every 45 minutes. In this manner, the dancers had plenty of variety. This year there was full time Plus, A1, A2 and C1 halls. Friday afternoon featured the staff callers called Plus from 2:30 to 4:00 PM as a warm up to the weekend.

Four members of the Cast Off 8's attended the weekend for the 8th time. Jim & Jean P and Roy & Lois J made the trip to Cornwall. The food was excellent this year. The four of us spent the weekend in the A2 Hall. We plan on attending next year's event.

VT Convention - 5/21/16

On Saturday, May 21, the Vermont Association of Western Style Square Dance Clubs (VAWSSDC) held the 40th Annual Square and Round Dance Convention in Barre, VT. The event began at 10 AM and ended at 10:30 PM with lunch and dinner breaks. The level of square dancing was Mainstream thru Advance in two halls. The round dancing was Phase II-III with an Introduction to rounds. Eight members of the Cast Off 8's attended the event and enjoyed the dancing. Pictures were not taken by club members.

Graduation Dance - 5/07/16

On Saturday, May 7, the Cast Off 8's held their Graduation Dance for the new club members, who were welcomed into the club on Wednesday night, 4/27. Bucky Tenney was the caller. The event began with A1/A2 at 6:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus between 7:30 and 10:30. Steve and Barbara Hazelton were the hosts for the event. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items.

Thirty square dancers representing three clubs joined in on the festivities. The traveling clubs were the Lamoille River Swingers and Lake Champlain Squares each with 4 members. The hall was decorated by Steve and Barb with many helping hands. Bucky called a dance which we all enjoyed. Pictures of the dancers are below.

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Welcoming New Members Potluck & Dance - 4/27/16

On Wednesday, April 27, the Cast Off 8's had a potluck and dance to welcome new members into the club. The evening started with grace and the potluck at 6:30, which was quickly consumed by all. After cleaning up and restoring the tables, the club went upstairs for the welcoming dance. Seven new members were welcomed into the club after a brief ceremony. Pictured below are Bonnie Cohen (Class Coordinator), Mykenzie Jones, Louise Forgues, Evan LaRouche, Katie Johnson, Teigen Gurney, Jeanne Gilbert, Daria Carden, and Peter Tobin (Club Caller). Afterwards, Peter called a square dance, which everyone enjoyed.

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NE Convention - 4/22 & 23/16

This year the 58th New England Square and Round Dance Convention was held in Warwick, Rhode Island at the Crowne Plaza. The level of square dancing was Mainstream thru Challenge (C1) and round dancing thru Phase 5. There were many special events: Fast Track, Progressive Squares, Black Light Dance, and many more! Twelve members of the Cast Off 8's attended the event and enjoyed the dancing. The venue was very nice, accommodating, and spacious. Pictures were not taken by club members.

April Showers Dance - 4/03/16

On Sunday, Apr 03, 2016 the Cast Off8's hosted the April Shower Dance with Bill Mager calling. The hosts for the dance were Barbara and Steve Hazelton, who did a great job with the decorations with helping hands. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items. We had 34 dancers at the event with 5 clubs being represented. No banners were awarded. Thank you, Bill for calling an enjoyable afternoon of dancing. Below are a few pictures of the dancers.

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East Hill Farm Advance Weekend 4/01-03/16

Six members of the Cast Off 8's ventured to East Hill Farm for an Advance weekend with Don Moger and Ted Lizotte calling. We did a lot of dancing and enjoyed every bit of it. One thing I'll say about the East Hill Farm, they feed you well. With all the dancing, I don't think anyone lost any weight. The club members attending were Barbara & Steve H, Jim & Jean P, and Roy & Lois J. Peter & Debbie T were going to attend but Peter was recovering from a cold and was unable to attend. Also pictured are Don Moger and Ted Lizotte. We can't wait until next year. Thank you, Don and Ted for a great weekend of dancing.



St Patty's Dance - 3/06/16

On Sunday, March 6, the Cast Off 8's held their St Patty's Dance with Charlie Trapp calling. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT. Ed & Trudy Dias were the host & hostess for the dance. The dance began at 1:00 with A1/A2, followed by Mainstream and Plus starting at 2:00 and ending at 5:00. The snack table was, as usual, filled with goodies supplied by club members. Twenty Five square dancers attended the event, representing 3 clubs. Charlie called a great dance, which everyone enjoyed. Pictures of the event are below.

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Maple Sugar Festival - 3/04 & 05/16

Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5 the Lake Champlain Squares held the 47th Annual Maple Sugar Festival in South Burlington, VT. The square dance callers were Ray Brendzy (Burnaby, British Columbia), Don Moger (Montreal, Quebec), Steve Kopman (Knoxville, TEN), and Tom Miller (Chest Springs, PA). Cueing the round dancing were Harriett and Bob Clarke from Pembroke, MA. The festival began Friday evening at 7:00 PM with dancing until 11:00 PM. On Saturday dancing started at 10:00 AM with workshops at all levels and continued until 4:00 PM with an hour lunch break. In the evening dancing began at 7:00 PM and continued until 10:00 PM. The square and round dancing was very enjoyable thanks to the great calling and cueing of the staff. Twelve members of the Cast Off 8's Club attend the festival and had a great time. Pictures were not taken.

Sweetheart Dance - 1/31/16

On Sunday, January 31, the Cast Off 8's held the Sweetheart Dance with Don Bachelder calling. The event began with A1/A2 at 1:00 followed by Mainstream & Plus between 2:00 and 5:00. Audrey and Frank Giannini were the hosts for the event. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items. Fifty seven square dancers representing nine clubs joined in on the festivities. Don called a dance which everyone all enjoyed. Picture of the dance were not taken.

Holiday Dance - 12/06/15

On Sunday, December 6, the Cast Off 8's held their Holiday Dance with Don Moger calling. Don called Advance between 1:00 and 2:00 followed by Mainstream and Plus until 5:00 PM. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. We had a good turnout with 84 square dancers including 5 squares of A1 dancers from thirteen clubs and including 2 guest callers. The clubs attending were Cast Off 8's (36), Lamoille River Swingers (7), Great Plains Squares (2), Acey Duceucys (4), North Country Squares (15), Checkmates (2), Lake Champlain Squares (5), Monadnock Squares (2), Country Corners Squares (2), Green Mountain Steppers (3), Happy Times Squares (2), and The Rebels (2). The North Country Squares had a successful banner raid, receiving one of ours and retrieving their banner. The Cast Off 8's would like to thank all the clubs and their dancers for making our dance a big success.

Butch and Linda Atwood were the host and hostess for the dance. The venue was decorated for the holidays and dance. The snack table was well supplied, thanks to the Cast Off 8's creative cooks. Don Moger called a great dance. He always makes the dance enjoyable with some interesting calling. Thank you, Don. A few pictures follow.

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Holiday Potluck - 12/02/15

On Wednesday, Dec 02 the Cast Off'8s held their Holiday Potluck and dance at the Lothrop School Gym. At 6:30 we enjoyed a satisfying potluck, thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off8's. After cleaning up the club adjourned to the Lothrop Gym where club caller, Peter Tobin, called a dance until about 9:30. Thanks again to the members of the club for tasty potluck and to Peter for calling a great dance.




Turkey Trot Dance - 11/07/15

On Saturday, Nov 07 the Cast Off 8's hosted their Turkey Trot Dance at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT with Bill Mager calling. Barbara and Steve Hazelton were the host and hostess for the event. The snack table was well supplied with goodies - thanks to the members of the Cast Off 8's. Barbara & Steve did a great job of decorating for the dance with many helping hands. Five clubs attended the dance making a total of 39 total dancers - Cast Off 8's (23), Lamoille River Swingers (8), Connecticut Valley Swingers (2), Country Corner Squares (2), Monadnock Squares (2), and 2 unaffiliated dancers. Everyone had a great time, thank you Bill for calling a great dance.

25th Tumbling Leaves Festival - 10/16-18/2015

The Annual Tumbling Leaves Festival in Bennington, VT is a regional dance which each year has been well attended by the Cast Off 8's. The dance level was Mainstream through Challenge (C1). The callers for this dance were Red Bates, Barry Clasper, Bill Harrison, Tim Marriner, and Ken Retucci. The cuers were Bev & Robert Mackay and Steve & Irene Bradt.

There were 18 club members attending the Festival: Debra & Peter T, Don & Rhonda R, Ed & Trudy D, Arnie W, Joanne K, Gerry K, Joanne B, Frank & Audrey G, Butch & Linda A, Roy & Lois J, and Jim & Jean P. The members who attended had a good time. We can hardly wait for next year.

37th Anniversary Dance - 9/19/15

On Saturday September 19, the Cast Off 8's held their 37th Anniversary Dance with Red Bates calling. Red called A1/A2 between 6:30 and 7:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus until 10:30. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. We had a turnout of 46 square dancers from 7 square dance clubs (Cast Off 8's (29), Monadock Squares (8), Connecticut Valley Swingers (3), MontShire Campin' Squares (2), Great Plains Squares (2), Country Corners Squares (1), and Lake Champlain Squares (1)). We want to thank all of the clubs for their support.

Thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off 8's, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Red made the dance enjoyable with some interesting calling, thank you Red.


Inn at East Hill Farm Dance - 9/11-15/15

The Inn at East Hill Farm outside Troy, New Hampshire was the venue for a 5 day Plus and Advance extended weekend dance. Plus weekend was Friday evening thru Sunday morning and the Advance weekend started Sunday evening ending Tuesday morning. The callers were Ron Libby & Johnny Preston with Beverly & Robert Mackay cueing rounds.

The Inn fed us well, if you went home without gaining a little weight, it was your own fault. Sixteen club members attended the event. Attending the Plus session (see the pictures below) were Rhonda R, Don R, Joan J, Al B, Frank & Audrey G, Leslie & Steven B, and Ed & Trudy D. Attending the Advance session were Roy & Lois J and Jim & Jean P. Two club members, Barbara & Steve H, danced both sessions. Also pictured are Ron Libby and Johnny Preston. The pictures were taken by one of the attendees on Barbara's cell phone and sent by email. We all had a good time, see you next year Ron & Johnny.

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Graduation Dance - 5/02/15

On Saturday, May 2, the Cast Off 8's held their Graduation Dance for the new club members with Darrell Sprague calling. The event began with A1 at 6:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus between 7:30 and 10:30. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items.

Thirty seven square dancers representing four clubs joined in on the festivities. Thirty one Cast Off 8's, two from Lamoille River Swingers, two from Montshire Campers, and two from Monadnock Squares. Darrell called a dance which we all enjoyed. Pictures are not available.

Potluck & Welcoming Dance for the New Members - 4/29/15

On Wednesday, April 29, the Cast Off 8's had a potluck and dance to welcome new members into the club. The evening started with grace and the potluck at 6:30 which was quickly consumed by all. The club chefs continue to amaze me with selection of dishes - from a curried Shrimp dish and many casseroles to the tasty salads.

After the potluck everyone adjourned to the gym for the welcoming ceremony and dance. Abigail & John Quesnel, Olya & Seth Hopkins, and Norm Scriber were welcomed into club as new members with a brief ceremony. Mary Ellen O'Brien also graduated but was unable to attend. Also in the picture is Peter Tobin the club caller. After the ceremony, the club danced to Peter Tobin.

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April Showers Dance - 4/12/15

Sunday Apr 12, the Cast Off 8's held the April Showers Dance with Ted Lizotte calling. The Advance hour was between 1 & 2 and was well attended by about 3 squares of dancers. Between 2 & 5 Ted called Mainstream and Plus. There were forty seven (47) square dancers enjoying Ted's calling. As usual, some interesting calling sequences were made both Mainstream and Plus making an enjoyable afternoon. Barbara & Steve H were the host & hostess, assisted by many club members. As usual, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Also on the table was some smoked Salmon and Trout supplied by Judd S of the Lake Champlain Squares. Eight (8) clubs attended the dance; Cast Off 8's (28), Lake Champlain Squares (3), Connecticut Valley Swingers (4), Country Corner Squares (3), Lamoille River Swingers (3), Checkmates (2), Latham Circle Squares (2), and Rebels (2). A few pictures are below. Three pictures were received from members of the Rebels Square Dance Club, thank you Ellen & Randy A. There are also two videos on the Video Page. Thank you Ted & Shelly for an enjoyable afternoon of dancing.

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Dance at East Hill Farm in Troy, New Hampshire - 3/27 - 29/15

Eight members of the Cast Off 8's ventured to East Hill Farm for an Advance weekend with Don Moger and Ted Lizotte calling. We did a lot of dancing and enjoyed every bit of it. One thing I'll say about the East Hill Farm, they feed you well. With all the dancing, I don't think anyone lost any weight. The club members attending were Barbara & Steve H, Jim & Jean P, Roy & Lois J, and Peter & Debbie T. Also pictured are Don & Avena and Ted & Shelly. We can't wait until next year. Thank you, Don and Ted for a great weekend of dancing.

St Patty's Dance - 3/01/15

On Sunday, Mar 1, the Cast Off 8's held the St Patty's Dance with Walt Bull calling. Between 1 and 2, Walt called Advance followed by Mainstream and Plus until 5. We had some visitors from the girl scouts who enjoyed watching the dancing. Walt got one of them to help him with "I'll Fly Away" using a second mike. At the end of the dance, Walt talked Peter Tobin & Steve Derochers into a "pass the mike" tip. As usual, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Forty six (46) dancers attended the affair with 16 from Lamoille River, 8 from Monadnock Squares, two other clubs were represented, and 18 members of the Cast Off 8's. Thank you, Walt for an enjoyable afternoon.

Sweetheart Dance - 2/01/15

The Cast Off 8's enjoyed dancing to Ken Ritucci at the Sweetheart Dance. Ken was our club caller for many years, but has moved on to bigger things. It was a pleasure dancing to him. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. The format of the dance was Advance starting at 1 PM until 2 followed by Mainstream and Plus until 5. Frank and Audrey Giannini were the host and hostess for the dance. As usual, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Even Judd Swenor of the Lake Champlain Squares brought some smoked salmon for the table. Thank you Ken for an enjoyable afternoon. There is a video of the dancing on the "Dance Videos" Page.

Holiday Dance - 12/07/14

On Sunday, December 7, the Cast Off 8's held their Holiday Dance with Don Moger calling. Don called Advance between 1:00 and 2:00 followed by Mainstream and Plus until 5:00 PM. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. We had a good turnout with 52 square dancers. Eight outside clubs joined in on the dancing. Also there was one dancer who was unaffiliated.

Butch and Linda Atwood were the host and hostess for the dance. Thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off 8's, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Don always makes the dance enjoyable with some interesting calling, thank you Don. A few pictures follow. There are also videos on the "Video Page".

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Holiday Potluck - 12/03/14

On Wednesday, Dec 02 the Cast Off 8's held their Holiday Potluck and dance at the Lothrop School Gym. At 6:30 we enjoyed a satisfying potluck, thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off 8's. After cleaning up the club adjourned to the Lothrop Gym where club caller, Peter Tobin, called a dance until about 9:30. Thanks again to the members of the club for tasty potluck and to Peter for calling a great dance.




Turkey Trot Dance - 11/02/14

On Sunday, Nov 02 the Cast Off 8's hosted their Turkey Trot Dance at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT with Bill Mager calling. Barbara and Steve Hazelton were the host and hostess for the event. The snack table was well supplied with goodies - thanks to the members of the Cast Off 8's. Barbara & Steve did a great job of decorating for the dance with many helping hands. Seven clubs attended the dance resulting in 44 total dancers. Likewise the advance hour was well attended with 28 dancers. Pictures were not taken because the picture taker was in New Zealand. Everyone I talked to said "Bill called a great dance", thank you Bill.


24th Tumbling Leaves Festival - 10/17 & 18, & 20/14

The Annual Tumbling Leaves Festival in Bennington, VT is a regional dance which each year has been well attended by the Cast Off 8's. The dance level was Mainstream through Challenge (C1). The callers for this dance were Red Bates, Don Moger, Bill Harrison, John Marshall, Tim Marriner, and Ken Retucci. The cuers were Bev & Robert Mackay and Steve & Irene Bradt.

There were 16 club members attending the Festival: Debra & Peter T, Don & Rhonda R, Jerry & Amy Q, David & Gale Q, Ron & Claire S, Ed & Trudy D, Arnie W, Joanne K, and Steve & Barbara H. The after party Saturday night was well attended. The members who attended had a good time. By the way, the usual picture taker was in the South Pacific. I want to thank Amy Q for sending me a group picture.



36th Anniversary Dance - 9/25/14

On Saturday September 25, the Cast Off 8's held their 36th Anniversary Dance with Bucky Tenney calling. Bucky called A1 between 6:30 and 7:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus until 10:30. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on West Street in Rutland, VT. We had a turnout of 42 square dancers with 38 Cast Off 8's, 1 dancer from Lamoille River, and 3 dancers with no club affiliation.

Rhonda Rivers and Don Richardson were the host and hostess for the event and supported by other club members. Thanks to the great cooks of the Cast Off 8's, the snack table was well supplied with goodies. Bucky made the dance enjoyable with some interesting calling, thank you Bucky. A few pictures follow. Also there is a video on the Video Page.

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Inn at East Hill Farm Dance - 9/5 thru 9/9/14

The Inn at East Hill Farm outside Troy, New Hampshire was the venue for a 5 day Plus and Advance extended weekend dance. Plus weekend was Friday evening thru Sunday morning and the Advance weekend started Sunday evening ending Tuesday morning. The callers were Ron Libby and Johnny Preston with Beverly and Robert Mackay cueing rounds. Two of our members, Barbara & Steve H danced both sessions.

The Inn fed us well, if you went home without gaining a little weight, it was your own fault. Attending the first session (see the picture below) was Rhonda R, Don R, Joan J, Al B, Steve & Barb H, Frank & Audrey G, and Leslie & Steven B. Also pictured are Ron Libby and Johnny Preston. The club members attending the Advance were Steve & Barb H, Jim & Jean P, and Roy & Lois J. We all had a good time, see you next year Ron & Johnny.

Banner Raid in South Burlington - 5/31/14

On Saturday, May 31, the Green Mountain Steppers held their Summer's Coming Dance with Peter Tobin calling A1 between 6:30 and 7:15 followed by Mainstream and Plus until 10 PM. Nineteen members of the Cast Off 8's were on the raid. A total of 51 square dancers attended the affair. A few pictures are below.

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38th Vermont Square & Round Dance Convention - 5/17/14

On Saturday, May 17, the Vermont Association of Western Style Square Dance Clubs (VAWSSDC) held the Vermont Convention at the Town School in Barre, Vermont. The Caller and Cuer Associations of VT called square dancing through Challenge 1 and round dancing through Phase 3. Between 10 AM & Noon calls were reviewed and taught followed by a soup & sandwich luncheon. The afternoon dancing ended at 4:30 with Fast Track. The evening dance started at 7:00 and ended at 10:30 with an Ice Cream Social. Seventeen members of the Cast Off 8's attended the Convention. A good time was had by all.

Graduation Dance - 5/03/14

On Saturday, May 3, the Cast Off 8's held their Graduation Dance for the new club members, who were welcomed into the club on Wednesday 4/30. Darrell Sprague was the caller. The event began with A1 at 6:30 followed by Mainstream & Plus between 7:30 andl 10:30. Don Richardson and Arnie Williams were the hosts for the event. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items.

Thirty one square dancers representing two clubs joined in on the festivities. The traveling club was the Lamoille River Swingers with 2 members. The hall was decorated by Arnie and Don with many helping hands. Darrell called a dance which we all enjoyed. Picture of the dance were not taken.

Potluck & Welcoming Dance for the New Members - 4/30/14

On Wednesday, April 30, the Cast Off 8's had a potluck and dance to welcome new members into the club. The evening started with grace and the potluck at 6:30 which was quickly consumed by all. The club chefs continue to amaze me with selection of dishes - from a curried Shrimp dish and many casseroles to the tasty salads.

After the potluck everyone adjourned to the gym for the welcoming ceremony and dance. Sarah Lynn, Tom Bahre, and Deb Bahre were welcomed into club as new members with a brief ceremony. Ken Ritucci called a square dance, which everyone enjoyed. Pictures of the dancing are below.

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New England Square & Round Dance (NESRD) Convention

The 56th NESRD Convention was held on Friday and Saturday, April 25 & 26, at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods NH. The Mount Washington Hotel is nestled at the foot of Mount Washington in the Presidential Range surrounded by the White Mountain National Forrest - a beautiful location for the convention. The callers and cuers were from the region. A club member and caller, Peter Tobin, was one of the many callers who attended.

This year twenty one members of the Cast Off 8's attended the convention. Everyone had a good time square dancing including Fast Track, Hexagon, Sunrise Dance on the Terrace, Progressive Squares, Black Light Dance, and the many 'After' Parties. The attending members were Jim & Jean P, Peter & Debra T, Roy & Lois J, Noreen B, Mike Q, Amy & Jerry Q, Gale & David Q, Frank & Audrey G, Arnie W, Joanne K, Don R, Rhonda R, Barb & Steve H, and Helen W. Pictures of the dancing were not taken.

April Showers Dance - 4/06/14

On Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 the Cast Off8's hosted the April Shower Dance with Bill Mager calling. The hosts for the dance were Arnie Williams & Don Richardson, who did a great job with the decorations with helping hands. As usual the club members well supplied the snack table with many tasty items.

This was the first time the club had Bill Mager calling the dance. For those who could not join us, you missed a great dance. We had 44 dancers at the event with 8 clubs being represented. The 7 traveling clubs were Lamoille River Swingers, Checkmates, Connecticut Valley Swingers, Lake Champlain Squares, Merry Mohegans, Twirling Campers, and John's Jems. No banners were awarded. Thank you, Bill for calling an enjoyable afternoon of dancing. Below are a few pictures of the dancers.

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45th Maple Sugar Festival - 03/07/14

On Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8, the Lake Champlain Squares sponsored the 45th Maple Sugar Festival in South Burlington, VT. Mary & Maurice Leduc were the chairpersons for the event. The callers were an all-star staff: Tom Miller (PA), Todd Fellegy (CT), Ray Brendzy (BC), and Steve Kopman (TN). The guest callers were: Peter Tobin (VT), Cindy Hawley (MA), Ray Moskewich (VT), and Darrell Sprague (NH). Cueing Rounds were Roy & Janet Williams (MA).

This year the attendance by the Cast Off 8's was down from prior years with only seventeen club members. Joanne K, Arnie W, Ed & Trudy D, Steve & Barbara H, Roy & Lois J, Peter & Debra T, Noreen B, Mike Q, Bonnie C, Gale & David Q, and Jerry & Amy Q attended the Festival. We all enjoyed the dancing and the club after parties. Pictures were not taken.

St Patty's Dance - 3/02/14

On Sunday, March 2, the Cast Off 8's held their St Patty's Dance with Ted Lizotte calling. The dance was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT. Steve & Barbara Hazelton were the host & hostess for the dance. The dance began at 1:00 with A1/A2, followed by Mainstream and Plus starting at 2:00 and ending at 5:00. The snack table was, as usual, filled with goodies supplied by club members.

Forty four dancers attended the event, representing 5 clubs. The four traveling clubs who attended were the Lake Champlain Squares, Green Mountain Steppers, Country Corner Squares, and Central Vermont Squares. No banners were awarded. Ted called a great dance, which everyone enjoyed. Pictures of the event are below.

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Banner Raid in Bradford, VT - 2/09/14

Eight members of the Cast Off 8's conducted a successful banner raid on the Connecticut Valley Swingers on Sunday, February 9. The Connecticut Valley Swingers were hosting their Valentine's Dance with Bucky and Joyce Tenney calling square and round dancing. The club member on the raid were Larry & Sally, Don & Rhonda, Barbara & Steve, and Arnie & Helen. Everyone enjoyed the dance, thank you Bucky & Joyce for calling a great dance and the Ct Valley Swingers for hosting the dance. Pictures are not available.

Sweetheart Dance - 2/02/14

On Sunday, February 2 the Cast Off 8's held their Sweetheart Dance with Peter Tobin calling. The dance began at 1:00 with A1, followed by Mainstream and Plus starting at 2:00 and ending at 5:00. The host & hostess for the event were Frank & Audrey Giannini, who orchestrated the event and the decorations. The snack table was, as usual, filled with goodies supplied by club members.

Thirty seven square dancers were in attendance representing 3 clubs. Two VT clubs, the Green Mountain Steppers from South Burlington and the Connecticut Valley Swingers from Bradford received a banner. Everyone enjoyed Peter's calling and had a good time. Pictures are not available.