|2016 Festival Recap|
A yellowrock of thanks to Brenda Griffin for pointing out errors, which I hope have been corrected.
The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city, usually around the second weekend of October. There is a Trail-In Dance on Thursday night...then the Friday night dance features a National Caller for the Square Dancing...and Arkansas Cuers for the Round Dancing. Saturday activities feature fun dances, workshops, the ASSDF Delegates Meeting on Saturday, plus the afternoon and evening dancing to Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. There will also be door prizes, vendors, a Teacup Auction, and Split The Pot, at the weekend. Each club is asked to prepare a gift basket to raffle off.
Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED at the evening dances (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)... although casual attire is OK for the Friday and Saturday daytime dances, and dance level workshops. Note that depending on participation, there may or may not be a fashion show or vendors at the weekend.
It's also worth noting that ''While visitors will be able to watch the dance at no charge, the moment they step on the dance floor to dance, they become dancers...and will be expected to pay the at door registration fee...which is $20 per person (for Friday and Saturday), and, if they attend the Thursday night Trail-In Dance, a separate $8 fee (payable at the door). If not, they will be asked to leave the dance floor, and the premises''.
Also, whether you dance for part or all of the weekend (Thursday night, Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening...either individually (one day or evening), or all 3 days, you will be REQUIRED to pay the fees for the Trail-In Dance, Friday, and/or Saturday...the exact fee depending on which ones you attend.
There is ''no reduced fee'' for those who only make it for one evening session. Many festivals outside of Arkansas charge a higher rate for a similar dance festival weekend schedule, so by comparison, $28 ($8 if you attend the Trail-In Dance, then $20 for Friday and/or Saturday) is a bargain.
The bottom line is, that it's NOT fair to those dancers who have PAID THE FEE, and yet, someone is ''dancing for free'', or paying the full free, and someone is dancing for a lesser amount...and, last but not least, because of insurance issues.
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First, thanks to Fall Festival Chairperson Brenda Griffin, for all of her work. Second, I understand there were 6 squares at the Trail-In Dance on Thursday, Oct. 13, hosted by the Maverick Mixers Square Dance Club. Then, there were 15 squares for dancing on Friday night with National Caller Mike Bramlett from the Rebel Rousers Square Dance Club out of Dallas, Texas, doing the squares, and with Cathy and Fred Fisher from the Conway Rounders cueing the rounds...and also around 15 squares Saturday night, with Arkansas' Callers And Cuers.
A few items of note from the 2016 Fall Festival:
1) The Revised By-Laws (changes are noted here), PASSED.
2) One of the changes in the By-Laws is the restructuring of the Executive Board of Officers...these are noted here. The officers will have an end of the year meeting to make the transition to the new slate of officers sometime before the end of 2016.
I hope to have more details in the coming days on the event...including where the 2017 Fall Festival Dance will be, and who the HOST CLUB will be. When the ASSDF Board runs the weekend, as was the case, it gives the officers MUCH LESS TIME to deal with other things that need to be addressed. While A LARGE AMOUNT OF WORK IS INVOLVED for the HOST CLUB, proceeds from the Thursday Night Trail-In Dance, go to the Treasury of that club.
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