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ASSDF Fall Festival

Contents
Overview
2014 Festival Dance
2014 Festival Schedule
2014 Festival Lodging
2015 Festival Dance


Overview


To get to the previous page, press the BACK BUTTON on your web browser. To return to the ASSDF Homepage, click on the ASSDF logo at the top of the page. This page was last updated on October 1, 2014.

The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city, usually 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 workshops, a Fashion Show, the ASSDF Delegates Meeting, plus the evening dancing to Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. There will also be door prizes, vendors, a teacup auction, split the pot, workshops, and fun dances at the weekend.

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. Visitors may observe the events associated with the weekend at no charge.

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2014 Festival Dance


The 2014 Fall Festival will be held in the Heber Springs High School Cafeteria...but due to school schedules, access to the facility will NOT be until AFTER school activities conclude on Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2014. Note that the property where the dance will be held is a NO SMOKING venue.

The main reasons for this location are COST...and that no other club apparently was willing to bid for the festival. Basically, it has become almost impossible to find a venue for the square and round dance activities, delegates meetings, vendors, etc. at a reasonable price for the Friday and Saturday time frame. Unfortunately, Arkansas is not like some states, where some cities have a dedicated facility for square and round dancing...whether for nightly dances, or big festivals.

The 2014 Festival was originally going to be sponsored only by the Rebel Reelers of Conway...but, they will co-sponsor it with the Heber Springers of Heber Springs. And, back to the cost...the venue cost for Conway for Friday and Saturday would have literally bankrupted the ASSDF... and that likely would've also meant an END to publication of The Modern Square...if not the END of square and round dancing in Arkansas. Plus, as noted earlier, there apparently were no other clubs that put up a bid to host the weekend.

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2014 Festival Schedule


There will be a Trail-In Dance on Thursday night, October 9, 2014...at the Wesley United Methodist Church, at 2310 Oak Street (Highway 64 East), Conway, Arkansas (where the Rebel Reelers and the Conway Rounders normally dance), from 7:30pm to 10pm. Square Dancing will be called by Lieutenant Colonel Philip D. Morehouse, with Round Dancing cued by Cathy Fisher.

Pat Kotal, from the former Texas Po' Boys will be the Featured National Caller on Friday night, October 10, 2014 Pre-Rounds and Line Dancing Friday night will start at 7pm, with square and round dancing to follow.

Dancing on Saturday, October 11, 2014, will feature Arkansas' callers and cuers. Saturday's schedule will also feature workshops during the day...including round dancing from 9am to 9:45am...and line dancing from 10am to 10:45am. There will be a Delegates Meeting Saturday afternoon (which includes Election of Officers for 2015), then square and round dancing Saturday night.

For a flier in PDF format, including a registration form and lodging information, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.


The following is the schedule for dancing for the weekend, as per the October, 2014 issue of The Modern Square. Last minute changes may be required.

Friday, October 10, 2014:

4:00pm to 6:00pm -- ASSDF Officers, Rebel Reelers, and Heber Springers decorate, and prepare for dance 6:00pm -- On Site Registration Opens 6:30pm to 7:45pm -- Pre-Rounds and Line Dancing, featuring Cathy Fisher on Rounds, and Martha Wyre on Line Dancing 7:45pm to 8:00pm -- Grand March -- Dave Towry Invocation -- Brenda Griffin Pledge Of Allegiance -- Scout Troop #200 National Anthem Welcome -- Larry and Fay Echlin Drawing for Pre-Registration Door Prize Featured Caller Introduction -- Dave Towry 8:00pm to 9:00pm -- Square Dancing with Pat Kotal. Alternating Round Dancing and Line Dancing between tips, with Cathy Fisher cueing the Rounds...and Martha Wyre doing the Line Dancing. 9:00pm to 9:20pm -- Drawings, Split The Pot, Last Call for Teacup Auction. 9:20pm to 10:30pm -- Square Dancing with Pat Kotal. Alternating Round Dancing and Line Dancing between tips, with Cathy Fisher cueing the Rounds...and Martha Wyre doing the Line Dancing.


Saturday, October 11, 2014:
9:00am to 10:00am -- Line Dancing with Martha Wyre 10:00am to 11:30am -- Fun Square Dancing with Arkansas Callers 11:30am to 1:00pm -- Lunch Break 1:00pm to 2:00pm -- Rounds with Cathy Fisher. Beginners Welcome 2:00pm to 4:00pm -- Fun Square Dancing with Arkansas Callers 4:00pm to 5:30pm -- ASSDF Delegates Meeting 5:30pm to 7:00pm -- Dinner Break 7:00pm to 7:15pm -- Assemble for the Parade Of Clubs ASSDF Officers Rebel Reelers Heber Springers Arkansas Clubs and Visitors 7:15pm to 7:30pm -- Parade Of Clubs -- Dave Towry Welcome -- Larry and Fay Echlin Invocation -- Brenda Griffin Pledge Of Allegiance -- Scout Troop #200 National Anthem 7:30pm to 9:10pm -- Square Dancing -- Arkansas Callers Alternating Round Dancing and Line Dancing between tips, with Cathy Fisher cueing the Rounds...and Martha Wyre doing the Line Dancing 9:10pm to 9:20pm -- Drawings, Split The Pot, and Door Prizes. Conclusion of the Silent Auction Introduction of the 2015 ASSDF Officers by Larry and Fay Echlin 9:20pm to 10:30pm -- Square Dancing with Pat Kotal. Alternating Round Dancing and Line Dancing between tips, with Cathy Fisher cueing the Rounds...and Martha Wyre doing the Line Dancing.
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2014 Festival Hotel Information


Although this information is already on the flier, I have reproduced it here for your convenience. Rooms will likely need to be guaranteed with a credit card.

Since it is now past the early registration deadline, the actual rates are likely higher than what is noted below...even if you mention that you are an Arkansas Square And/Or Round Dancer, when you make your reservations. Also, the amount of remaining available rooms may be limited, if at all.

Rates are per night and do not include tax. Website links are provided for your convenience, if you'd like more information on what accomodations are offered. NOTE THAT EACH DANCER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR OWN ROOM RESERVATIONS.


Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
Location: 1350 South Ridge Parkway, Heber Springs, AR 72543 (501) 887-9500
Room Rates: $79 per night, whether for a Standard Room with 1 King, or 2 Queen Beds.

Hotel: Quality Inn
Location: 3450 Highway 25B North, Heber Springs, AR 72453 (501) 362-1000 or 1-866-403-0577
Room Rates: $69.95 per night, whether for a King Room with a Sofa Bed, or a Double Room.

Hotel: Red Apple Inn And Country Club
Location: 305 Club Road, Heber Springs, Arkansas 72543 (800) 733-2775
Room Rates: $115 per night for Boutique Rooms (recently renovated), $105 per night for Heritage Rooms.
Condominiums are also available at the rates of $170 per night for 1 bedroom, $195 per night for 2 bedrooms, and $215 per night for 3 bedrooms.

Campers And RV's: Please Contact Jimmy Sanders, Wagonmaster, at (501) 827-2366 or (501) 230-7114 for more information.

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2015 Fall Festival


Plans are already underway for the 2015 ASSDF Fall Festival Dance. The location and caller are to be determined.

Festival Co-Chairs are Bill and Roana Petrie, with Earl and Lynn Milroy. Their contact information is located here. Further details will be posted as they become available.

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