Sunday, May 27, 2007

More Breaking Convention News

I would comment on the Honky-Tonk Queen contest, except I wasn't there. The winning queen was controversial - a radically new development in the history of the contest. On the other hand, Ward from Cadillac Squares was awarded a special 10-year Medallion for appearing (and not winning) in ten different Honky-Tonk Queen competitions. Congratulations, Ward!

Speaking of 10-year medallions, Lloyd Anderson, Abe Feldman, and Keith McDonald received their medallions as they walked across the stage to be embraced by Ett McAtee, then exit stage right. Ten years is a lot of convention memories, and lots of sore feet, not to mention hundreds of hours and thousands of tips. It's a happy, wonderful achievement.

The DCDC table continues to be a popular attraction. Even as I type these words, a hundred dancers, or so, are lined up ready to get their secret instructions on how to register early bird. It's a pretty bedraggled bunch, with fits and starts of consciousness. Lots of smiles and expectation are this morning's aroma, along with the coffee from the downstairs lobby.

That's about it for now. I'll report more, later.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Breaking News from Convention

Yes! Team DC Lambda Squares is taking convention by storm. Busy secret operatives staff the DCDC Central Control, a conspicuously situated table, with an important mission: to infiltrate the international gay and lesbian square dance community, and ensure that square dancers from around the world get the not-so-secret message, that Washington, DC is hosting DC Diamond Circulate, 2009.

The crew working the crowd at the DCDC table

All appearances to the contrary (some of us do look like the dog dragged us in...), the DC dancers sparkle in the halls and on the sidewalks of Denver. This weekend is a gayla epoch in Denver, 1000s of gay bowlers, volleyball players, and of course, the stars: gay square dancers. The volleyballers are in the Denver Adams Mark, the bowlers took over the Marriott, and we're in the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center. The 16th St Mall is lined with gay flags, and no wonder! 5,000 gay people in a four-square block area. You could meet your next husband here.

It's also interesting to note the relative ages and body types. The volleyballers appear to be the youngest and sleekest. I think some square dancers are headed over to their coliseum to do some recruiting. After all, you can't play volleyball forever. Those young 'uns need something to retire to.

Friday night, a couple of dozen people gathered in the Memorial room to pay tribute to Warren Jaquith and Vladislaw Schwartz. It was a very somber, but happy moment, because we truly remembered the happy times that their presence brought to square dancing and to our club. Warren and Vlad, we miss you, but we know that you are here dancing with us.

Monday, May 21, 2007

We're Squaring up for the Big One!

Many DC Lambda Square dancers are heading out to Denver, Colorado this week. The annual convention for the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs begins on Thursday, May 24, 2007. All week prior to that is the Gay Callers Association caller school - so it's a full schedule of square dancing in Denver for the next eight days or so.

See ya in Denver! Yellow Rocks!