Blue Slope Farm serves up old time fun with square dances
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Franklin - posted Tue., Jul. 23, 2013
Blue Slope Farm bills its square dances as friendly for any ability level, and on July 19 there were plenty of novices mixed in among the more experienced dancers. Manchester resident Dachima Gonzelez attended with her friend and her nieces, Selena and Galadriel.
“I haven’t done square dancing since I was in fifth grade,” said Gonzalez. “A friend told me about this.” Despite her lack of recent experience, Gonzalez was gamely trying out steps with her nieces. Members of the Staebner family (the owners of the farm), and other square dance regulars, were happy to take the trio and other novices aside for some impromptu lessons in one corner of the lofty, airy bank barn that houses the dances.
There was a large contingent of Windham County 4-H Club members at the July 19 dance. “They’re getting ready for their fair,” said club supervisor Amy Smith. “They’ve been working really hard. This gives them something fun to do.”
There are square dances coming up at Blue Slope Farm on Thursday, Aug. 1, Friday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Sept. 6. Square dances begin at 7:30 p.m., and cost is $6 per person, $25 per family. Music and calling are provided by Joe LoPresti and His Country Friends.
There is one final campfire left for the summer season, on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Blue Slope Farm is located at 138 Blue Hill Road in Franklin. The farm’s biggest event of the year, the annual fall event, is coming up. Check www.blueslope.com for details or call 1-860-642-6413.