Third Saturday Country Dance celebrates the holidays

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Dancers of all ages came out for a night of fun and excitement. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Dancers of all ages came out for a night of fun and excitement. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Stafford Arts Commission sponsored the fourth Third Saturday Country Dance at Memorial Hall on Dec. 21. Dancers were asked to bring snacks to share with other dancers, and to come dressed in their favorite holiday outfit. The evening was shared between two callers - Rich Sbardella and Bob Livingston - and the fiddle was played by Sue Hill.

Dancers Kathy Cane and Charlotte Andrews were happy to be a part of the dance group. “We come to all the dances here,” said Andrews. “Rich is so wonderful. He’s a really good caller. We have lots of laughs. We even do line dances, too.”

“He really enjoys it himself,” Cane said of Sbardella. “He gives classes at the senior center. Charlotte and I take his classes there. This is really great exercise, and fun, too.”

The classes at the Stafford Senior Center are free, and are held on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Home teachers are available to show you the dances before going to the Third Saturday Country Dance. This service is free as well.

Freddy and Shirley Demers came from Columbia, Conn., for this dance with their friends, Dick and June Porter, of Durham, Conn. “This is our first time at this dance,” said Freddy Demers. “We go dancing as often as we can. We used to go to a dance in Killingly on the second Saturday of the month, but that came to an end because the band had to stop. We always wanted to try this dance, so we came here tonight. It’s a lot of fun and I’m glad we made the trip.”

Leanna Warren and Laura Bean went to the dance to lend their support to their step-father, Sbardella. They brought family members Audrey and Aaron Gray and Donald Beam with them. “My step-father is the caller,” said Warren. “I grew up with all of this.”

“I know nothing about this type of dancing,” said Donald Beam, who is from Pennsylvania. “I know much more about sports, but I am here to see what it is all about and lend my support.”

The Country Dance Stafford is an affiliate of Country Dance and Song Society. To learn more about upcoming dances, e-mail Sbardella at richsbardella@snet.net. Admission for this dance is $8.


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