15 years!!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for the 15th and final ‘Let The Good Times Roll …’ . Many of the dancers had been coming from the very beginning and others had only missed a few. And at the same time there was a dancer for whom this was her first ever workshop and she said she had a wonderful time! Hopefully over the years we have managed to convey our love of line dance whatever the level or music choice, friendship and camaraderie on the dance floor as well as the belief that our dancin’ should be fun!

Our guest instructors Christine Wilde and Carolyn Beer did a terrific job, Christine started off the afternoon with two dances everyone could relax and enjoy and Carolyn ended with the challenge of the day. Fred and I both had a go at teaching as well. Our final ‘Blast From The Past’ was ‘Good Times’. Fred and I wrote this for the first year of LTGTR so it seemed fitting to end with it. A youtube video of the dance was uploaded as recently as 3 months ago so it is still going strong. In between we had plenty of open dance and Fred did a great job as DJ with the floor full most of the day.

During the day dancers bought tickets for the basket raffle which raised $450 for Sick Kids Hospital. Dale did an amazing job again of creating beautiful baskets. The 50/50 raised the largest amount ever and one lucky dancer went home with $274 in her pocket and then won the second prize .. a comp pass for Dancin’ For Miracles (many thank to Valarie Keller) and the third prize was a comp pass to Bobby Chong’s LD Fundraiser in March. The $274 will go to the Line Dance Foundation.

For the first time we had an outside caterer for our meal and it was really excellent. If you ever need a caterer I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Toula Nikolo of Oak Park Deli.    Email me for her contact information. We had chicken parmesan (the meat was thick, juicy, tender and so tasty!) stuffed peppers for the vegetarians — thumbs up from them all, pasta penne, two types of salads, garlic bread, chocolate cake for dessert. Toula will be catering for ‘The Spring Workshop’, so look forward to more good food then!

As always our volunteers/good friends were wonderful. They lifted, carried, made coffee, brought up ice, checked people in and helped with the myriad of activities that are needed behind the scenes to ensure that an event runs smoothly. And then although I am sure they were exhausted they helped with the clean-up at the end of the evening. Our thanks to them all, we couldn’t have run this event for 15 years without them.

And to you the dancers, we appreciate each and everyone. We know there are lots of demands on your time and lots of events to attend but you still chose to attend ‘Let The Good Times Roll ..’ You have helped create some wonderful memories for us and we will be reminiscing about them for many years to come. Hopefully many of you will come to ‘The Spring Workshop’ with Maggie, but if not we do hope we will see you on another dance floor at some point in the not distant future. Keep well and keep dancin’!


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