Monday, October 23, 2017


Good morning and it looks like another beautiful day coming our way. 
Yes, tonight is Adams Aces and once again we will try to cover as many calls on the A1 list as possible, with some work on "Swap Around", "Cycle & Wheel", " Cast A Shadow" starting from a Promenade. Then if time allows we can try "Chain Reaction" starting from a Left Hand Quarter Tag. That will fill the evening I'm sure.
See you at Aces, take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Good morning Dancers, and it looks like another beautiful day, sunny and a high of 20 C degrees, here in the Capital City. We may of had a wet spring and summer but the fall has been great so far.

As the title shows today is Cookie Club and we are back at Roy G. Hobbs Community Centre. The parking lot is a little smaller because some of it has been fenced off, but there's lot of room on the street. Today you will be the first, to dance to my brand new Bose L1 Sound System. With the reputation of Bose Sound, I should never hear, "I didn't hear the Call" ha,ha.  The Program for today is to try and cover all the A2 Calls and do a little work on "In Roll Circulate, from 3 &1 Lines", "Trade Circulate, from Waves and 2-faced lines", "Cast a Shadow, from a Promenade, and from Inverted Lines", and "Chain Reaction, starting from a Left Quarter Tag Formation". This program should fill our dance time and if not I'm sure we can come up with something to work on such as "Facing Recycle" or "Peel & Trail".

Also today in Orleans, EOSARDA is holding Fall Fest at St. Mathews High School, 6550 Bilberry Dr. From 2:00 till 4:30 PM. Basic/Mainstream with Brian Crawford and Plus/A1 with Dave Hutchison, Rounds Ph II -IV with Don & Jean Clingin. There will be lots of Square Dancing in Orleans today.

On a sad note, we lost the great Earl Johnston yesterday at the age of 90. Earl was the Caller who taught me to sight call and made a huge impact on our calling career back in the 70's that we still follow today. 

Earl F. Johnston, age 90, passed away on October 21, 2017 at Life Path Hospice in Sun City Center, FL.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Marion, 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  Earl was a world renowned square dance caller.  He was inducted into the New England and the National Square Dance Callers’ Hall of Fame.  He started calling at Rockville High School at the age of 14 and continued with his passion until he retired at 62.  Besides music, his passions were family, friends, telling stories and traveling.  He thought Alaska was the most amazing site he had ever seen.   He and Marion were lifelong residents of Vernon until they relocated to Florida in 1992.  He will be missed.

That's about all I have for today's Blog, I haven't made the Program for tomorrow evening's "Adams Aces" yet, but will start as soon as I post this.
Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor. 

Monday, October 16, 2017


Good chilly Monday morning to you, wow, did we get rain and wind last night or was that my imagination.

We hope everyone made it home from the Cookie Club before the rain downpour. I think the Ray Friel Complex was good for the Cookie Club and everyone found their way without getting too lost, We give a huge "thank you" to the Dancers who helped us with the equipment, with the setup and tear down, we appreciate the help very much.  The dancing was very good yesterday, especially for being the first time out following the summer layoff, however, that statement does not apply to the Calling which is in need of work.

This evening is Adams Aces, first night back following the Thanksgiving holiday. Tonight I hope to take a serious look at the following Calls. "Transfer The Column" (RH Columns & LH Columns), "Swap Around" (Facing Couples, Normal Lines, 8 Chain Thru, & As Couples), "Cast A Shadow" (ccw facing 2 Faced Lines, cw facing 2 Faced Lines, RH Waves, LH Waves, & Promenade), and if time permits "Cycle & Wheel". This may be too much, but I'll adjust as we go. 

That's all I have for today, keep warm today, take care of yourself and each other, and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Well here we are at Sunday morning, it's raining outside so you can't play golf, rake leaves, work in your garden or drive up the Gatineau to take pictures, but you can go Square Dancing. If you are an A2 dancer you can go to the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on 10th Line in Orleans and dance from 2 until 4 PM this afternoon.

What will we cover if we come? 
We will cover as many Calls as possible from the Callerlab "A2" and "A1" list, and maybe a couple off the Basic list, such as "Circulates" and "Trades". Today is the first time this Square Dance Season we have all been together, so there could be a little hesitation in reaction time, for the minds recall department to kick into gear. If you need Directions to get to Ray Friel check out yesterday's Blog or your e-mail basket, there will also be a few copies of the directions, posted on the Roy G. Hobbs Centre's front door, if you need one.

That's all I have for this morning, take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Good morning, to what looks like a kind of wet weekend ahead of us, and no golf, however there will be (A2) Square Dancing at the Ray Friel Complex in Orleans. Why not at the Roy G. Hobbs Centre? The city is installing a new ramp from the parking lot up to the back door, and it is not yet completed and we can't use the hall. The City has arranged for us to Dance at the Ray Friel Complex  and here is the link to it with a map.  The Ray Friel Com

How to get to Ray Friel: Travel East on the 174, past Jeanne D'Arc Blvd, past Champlain St, and exit at 10th Line Road.
10th Line will take you across St. Joseph Blvd and around a long curve to a dead end and a set of Traffic Lights and a sign showing 10th Line. Turn Left (South) on 10th Line and drive south to the third Traffic light, Turn Left into this Street and you will see Ray Friel Complex on the Left. There is a Metro and a Tim Hortons on the Right, Turn Left towards Ray Friel and park as close to the centre doors of the complex as possible (this is a busy Complex). Enter through the centre doors and turn right, there are a set of stairs and an elevator (not Otis) on your Right, come up to the second floor and we will be on the right.

Sorry I had to run away for a while. Tomorrow I will post the Cookie Club program, take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the dance floor.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Good Thanksgiving Morning to you, and goodbye to all the turkeys who will spend some part of the day in an oven, or maybe turkey got cooked yesterday and today he is soup.

The schools are closed today so, of course there will not be any Adams' Aces tonight.

This has been a good week for me to get some things accomplished around the house like, installed leaf-guards on the eavestrough, store the summer junk, accumulated in my Ford and get it ready for winter storage. I even found a little time to sketch out the old guy below.

Well, that's about all I have for today, so, take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.

Monday, October 2, 2017


Good morning Dancers, this is going to be another beauty day here, with the temperature heading for 20 C and the sun shining, so we should make the best of the day, but save enough energy to get through two hours at Aces this evening.

If you haven't heard already, Retired Caller Bob Cathcart passed last Wednesday at the age of 89. Bob, as we all know was a Master Square Dance Caller and Choreographer, spending more than 55 years behind a microphone and giving Square Dance enjoyment to thousands of Dancers.

The program for Aces tonight is to try and cover all the Calls on the A1 List and emphasize a couple of Call Positionings, which will be "Chain Reaction", "Cast a Shadow", "Square Chain Thru" and "Lock It". This is a tentative program because, we always have to plan for more than we will likely use, but we will get through some of it for sure.

Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.