If you go up the Allegany River outside of Coos Bay about 13 miles, there's a community center. This remote community center is a fabulous place! There's a huge gymnasium, a commercial kitchen, cafeteria tables, other rooms... I'm trying to think up activities just to have a reason so I can rent it out...
But tonight, the organized group of home school parents known as Allegany Collaboration Education used the facility to hold their end-of-the-school-year play - Robin Hood. There are 13 homeschoolers, various ages, in this collective; they did a wonderful job singing and acting tonight! The play culminated with Robin Hood receiving Maid Marion's hand in marriage and everyone attending the marriage feast. That's where I came in.
With the help of Jennifer Sordyl and Don Berg (Contra Swings), I lead the 30-40 group of children and adults in some dancing! We started with Peter Amidon's Kings & Queens, segued into the Sicilian circle dance Haste to the Wedding, and opened the circle with Lisa Greenleaf's Stars and Moons Circle. We did a couple of one-night-stand, no-fail contras -- Tunnel Contra and Family Contra. On the last one, I was even able to back out and stop calling (until a new couple joined at the top of the set... ah well). For a fun change of pace, we danced Sasha, a scatter mixer. For the first time in my calling career, there was actually a girl named Sasha among the dancers! We ended the night with a big circle waltz mixer.
The group was mostly kids, but there was a nice ratio of adults to kids.Hats off to all the adults who joined in for the last dance! I know the dancers are having a good time when the band plays tunes with such inspiration that it makes me want to dance. I wanted to dance tonight.
The play - great! When kids work so hard learning their lines and learning their songs, and adults work so hard on props, costumes, scenery, etc., the results are great.
The venue - cool! Gotta rent it for something!
The dancing - it's magic.
The band - a treasure to have them in our community. I love working with these guys!