The Big E and the end of the 2019 Fair season for us! But we’re not done with 2019 yet!

The Big E — it’s BIG!    Take one look at the photo on this page, and you have just a little taste of the size of this place and the thousands that attend it!

They had their largest attendance ever –  1, 639,527 people!  What does that mean for us?  We are thrilled to be invited and to dance at such an event.   We always do our demo in the New England Center, where you’ll find the home of the 4-H,    as well as the most amazing pieces of handwork and quilts!

We did really well, the weather was a perfect late summer day, and we had a pretty decent sized audience, with a couple of toddlers who are always happy to bounce along to the music with us!

 

North County Line Dancers
A little blurry, but you get a sense of how fast our feet do go sometimes!

 

 

 

We generally go down a little early and enjoy the Fair ourselves – we take in some of the sights such as the famous butter sculpture, eat some fair food (baked potatoes and tater tots are some of the favorites), and maybe even get a little life advice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re not done with 2019 yet though!!   Stay tuned for more as we switch to our Holiday programming – learning new dances to holiday music and entertaining at several of our local Senior Housing Centers in the month of December!

 

Happy Fall!

Come catch us at the Big E…and happy to do what we do!

Maybe you missed us and maybe you didn’t at the Three County or the Franklin County Parade and Fair  — but, come catch us again anyways!

We’ll be at The Big E.  Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm!

A few photos from the parade and fair so far this season:

“Sunshine Makes the Good Times Grow”
Friends and Family ride the back of the float to toss candy and wave and support us!
Franklin County Fair Fun!
Franklin County Fair 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And,   a note of appreciation arrived today that we’re proud to receive!  Several times a year, with a program of mixed music and dancing, and then another program at holiday time with holiday songs, we provide an hour of dancing demonstration for many Senior places.  We might go to day programs, or assisted living and everything in between, including the Veteran’s Home.  It’s a real favorite of ours.   One of the members of our audience recently passed away, and we received a lovely note from her son:

You, and the North Country Line Dancers, were one of the highlights in my view, of the GVNA entertainment offerings, based on what she had said about her experiences there.
These GVNA events were something I could not have done for her despite my efforts to keep her entertained!

So I am very grateful for your thoughtfulness and engagement with my Mom. Long Live the North Country Line Dancers!

It makes us proud and glad to work so hard to memorize dances, practice every week, and be super tired some days as a result, knowing that we make a difference, even just for an hour!

It’s Fair time!

Western Massachusetts wouldn’t be itself without the many country fairs!

You can find us at these events!  Come and watch!  Clap and stomp your feet along with us!  Watch us while you eat your fried dough, huge donuts and your other favorites!

Three County Fair.   Sunday, September 1. at 5:00 pm on the Falcetti Music Stage (Barn 3) 

By the way, it’s Military Appreciation Day at the Three County on Sunday – tell a veteran friend.  Check out the website for more details.

 

Franklin County Fair Parade. Thursday, September 5. — 5 pm, downtown Greenfield

Franklin County Fair.   Sunday, September 8 at 1:15 pm.

You can buy your tickets to the fair early and save a little money – check out the website.

The Big E.  Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm

Always something wonderful to do here – before or after we dance, of course!

See you there!

Yes, when we’re in the parade, we dance on a moving truck! Come see it decorated and us doing our steps as it moves!

Happy Independence Day!

We’re fairly busy this time of year with demos at local Senior Housing and assisted living centers.

One of our favorite events is in Readsboro, Vermont where we join the parade, and do a demo on their pavilion stage and enjoy their chicken bbq!

And, just as enjoyable and a real honor and privilege to entertain some of nation’s veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers Home!  We met a friend, Althea, who was once a line dancer and a soldier – joining us here in our group photo!

And, here are a few of our  audience members, who clapped, and hollered and danced in their chairs!

 

Oh me, oh my oh – new season begins!

Here’s a couple of pictures from the Franklin County Spring Parade.  The theme was Magic and Santa agreed to come down from the North Pole to get a little sunshine.  Although I believe he brought a little of the cold air with him, as we had to wear long sleeves under our outfits to stay warm – even though we were dancing, it was a bit chilly!

We won a First Prize Ribbon as well!

Welcome to Turners Falls, Santa and company!

 

This past Saturday, we danced at Elaine Manor, in Hadley, where we had a huge crowd of enthusiastic seniors!  It was our first demo with our new dances this year — let’s just say we all agree we could use a bit more practice!   Oh me oh my oh!

Spring Parade 2019 — Come see us in Turners!

“Believe in the Magic”!

The Spring Parade, in Turners Falls, is this Saturday, April 27,  at 1pm. We hope you are able to join us for this Magical Day!

Some great places to watch the parade include the Turners Fire Station, Turners High School, and any house along the route which encompasses a 3 mile loop from Sheffield School.

Come and see what “MAGIC” we’ve created as we dance on a flatbed truck in the parade!

From 2018 Franklin Country Agricultural Parade, Sept.

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2019!

We finished our 2018 season just a week or so ago.

In December of each year, we work up a program of about 45 minutes, filled with singable and familiar (sometimes not so familiar) holiday songs.  We go to as many as a dozen assisted living facilities in  our area and perform the demo.

We love it, the residents love it!

Onto a new year.  We take January off, but in February will be back at weekly practice working on a new demo for these same facilities as well as fairs.

Here’s to a great 2019!