Class #22 Februrary 23, 2017

Tonight Charlie Robertson taught the following calls:

  • Eight Chain Thru
  • Variations of Eight Chain Thru such as Eight Chain Two, Eight Chain One, Eight Chain Four. Note that an Eight Chain Eight is the same as an Eight Chain Thru.
  • Acey Deucey

Our sheriff, Mary Kay (and husband Jim), were out so Pat Westbrook did the honors this evening. Thank you for stepping in Pat!

Sandy and John will be hosting a second Practice and Pizza on Saturday, March 4. Please join us for this chance to get some floor time and to socialize with fellow square dancers!

Judy Milton announced that she has two restaurants lined up for Bakersfield. Be sure to sign up so that she can give the restaurants a head count!

The class held a brief class meeting. Barbara and Cookie have been scouting out candidate venues for the end-of-year party and gave a report on progress. Fred took an action item to see if last year’s venue is available with the understanding that we are under some time pressure to set the reservation.

Nice dancing tonight! We were introduced to our first plus call. That means we have learned a good number of calls so far – approximately fifty.

At the end of class, Quin led us in a rousing rendition of ‘The Happy Wanderer’!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #21 February 16, 2017

Great dancing tonight!

Charlie taught us the following calls:

  • Do Paso
  • Allemande Thar
  • Slip the Clutch  (follows the Allemande Thar)
  • Shoot the Start (follows the Allemande Thar)

We had a class meeting and covered the following two items:

End of Year Class Party

Traditionally the class throws a party at the end of the class year. Graduation date is Thursday, June 8, and the party is normally on a weekend afternoon or evening after the graduation date. The party is a thank you to all of the angels who have helped through the course of the year.

The party can be held at a house, a club house, or other venue. Last year it was at a club house. It’s a social event with food and drinks and possibly some square dancing too. The money to pay for the party comes from the sheriffs’ fund and Mary Kay and the other sheriffs have collected over $1000 so far.

Barbara Jansen and Cookie agreed to co-chair this event. Thank you Barbara and Cookie!

Bakersfield Fiesta

The Bakersfield Fiesta is coming up in the middle of March. It’s a week-end of dancing at the Bakersfield Fair Grounds. There are several halls and one is dedicated to dancers at about your level. We always have a good time and it’s a great chance to get a lot of floor time. I certainly encourage you to join us. We will have roughly 70-80 Ramblin Rogues there so you’ll be in good company.

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Valentine’s Half Way Dance February 9, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Ramblin’ Rogues / Church Mice Half Way dance last night and made it a great success! Everyone wore red in celebration of the Valentine's theme. It was another magical Thursday night.

Charlie Robertson and Mike Haworth are both wonderful singers and gave us a great dance. Many dancers observed the calls were faster than usual but I noticed most the squares handled the pressure well!

Thanks to Donna who took over for Pauline to take care of the singles rotation board. She worked that board with steely determination!

A special thanks to Judy and Gary Milton and to Larry and Livia Caruana for the amazing food they provided. The fruit with either a hot chocolate or hot caramel dip caught my attention. The cheesecake ladled with cherry sauce was irresistible, and I saw cookies that I had to work hard to resist.

Fred and the Class Coordination team

Photos from our Ramblin’ Rogues Holiday Party on December 10, 2016 in Laguna Woods.

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Photos from our Ramblin' Rogues Holiday Party on December 10, 2016 in Laguna Woods, CA.

Here are photos of some of the Ramblin' Rogues club and class members celebrating at the Holiday Party.



Class #20 February 2, 2017

Nice dancing tonight!

Charlie taught us the following calls,

  • Spin Chain Thru                just remember half, three quarters, half, three quarters
  • Tag the Line                       frequently called
  • Half Tag the Line              frequently called
  • 3/4 Tag the Line               frequently called
  • 1/4 Tag the Line               rarely called

Among others he reviewed,

  • Walk or Dodge
  • Scoot Back

On Thursday, February 9, we will have a Half Way dance rather than the normal instruction - an opportunity to practice what we have learned so far. The Ramblin' Rogues and Church Mice are collaborating on this dance with both Charlie Robertson and Mike Haworth calling. There will be some line dancing as well. Be sure to wear red and white in keeping with the Valentines Day theme!

  • Location: Murray Center - same location as Thursday night instruction
  • Time: 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Instruction: None this evening!

The second Practice and Pizza hosted by John and Sandy Hill is Saturday, March 4. Mark your calendars!

Remember to sign up for the ‘Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series’ event at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, July 8. A Bee Gees Tribute band will be performing. This event is always well attended by the Ramblin Rogues. I think the cut off for sign ups is February 10 so it is quickly approaching!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team