Great dances are made by having great people in attendance. While we had a great group from our own club, it was the 50+ visitors from all over the area who made it special! We were especially happy to see the Buzzing Bees from Vancouver, WA who came to this dance as their Mystery Trip this year. Unfortunately, a wreck on the I-5 as they entered town and mix up at a restaurant caused them to arrive a little late. Chuck and Connie graciously extended the dance a couple of tips to accommodate them. They brought a big enough group to capture one of our banners. We look forward to planning a visitation to them sometime in the future to reclaim it.
The Tri-Squares also reclaimed one of their banners from us by bringing a square. We also had visitors from Bachelors 'n' Bachelorettes, Silver Stars, Hoedowners, Wave Steppers, Eager Beavers, Rosetown Ramblers and others. Some were people we see on a regular basis, but there were plenty of new faces in the crowd as well. It is always fun to meet new people and make new friends.
Personally, one of the special treats was sharing a piece of my heritage. I moved here a couple of years ago from Mississippi. I was born and have lived there most my life, but my roots are in New Orleans. One of my aunts was kind enough to ship a couple of King Cakes from a local bakery in time for the dance. There were a few people were unfamiliar with King Cakes and were quite pleased with their first taste of this ode to pastry decadence. I had saved a small portion of one cake for me and my son and there were a couple of pieces that got forgotten about in the kitchen and were never served. Amazingly, these few portions had both babies in them. I found one and my son found the other. Looks like we're hosting the party again next year!
Mark H. Krause