New Banner and “Callers-Moot”

The new CDSS banner will travel to events across the country!

Happy Friday CDSS Friends!

I have two things to share:

  1. Look at our beautiful new banner, recently unveiled at the Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs, NY !  Thanks to all those Flurry-goers who came to chat about the CDSS Centennial.  Your great ideas are a huge help!
  2. This weekend I’m headed back to New York to participate in the the annual CNY Callers Gathering happening all day tomorrow in Fayetteville.  About twenty callers are converging for what some are referring to as a “callers-moot” (moot = J.R.R. Tolkein’s term for a gathering or council of like-minded beings).  There is no one workshop leader for the event; callers of all experience levels will collaborate to exchange ideas and advice and of course to dance together!  This year’s event is centered around David Smuckler and David Millstone’s book “Cracking Chestnuts.”  Smuckler is the main motivator behind the Callers Gathering.  Millstone will be filming many of the dance sequences as accompanying material for the book.  The day will culminate in a “Chestnuts Ball” open to the public where these traditional New England dances will be enjoyed by all!

Look for a full report next week.  I have to go study my chestnuts now!

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