July 2019 Newsletter

July 2019 Newsletter


Dear Dancers,

Spring was wet this year and Summer is proving to be just as wet. I watched my gravel driveway fill up with two inches of water as the rain came down hard last Monday night.  I’m beginning to give up fighting the weeds.  And my “friendly deer…” with all this rain, one would think they have plenty to eat without going after my flowers!! They are eating phlox, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and pushing down the fence to get at my daylilies!! So, I guess it’s time to go stay at Indian Lake more!!

This year’s 68th National Square Dance Convention is in Atlanta, GA on June 27-29, 2019. Some of you may be there, and it will be a lot of fun!!  Be safe in your travels.

If you are not going to Nationals, then join us for our upcoming June 28th dance; its theme is Summer in the City, and it is with Ed Pabst and Chuck Berry. I think of silhouetted city sky lines, so wear black and white!

We are hosting a Summer Fun Dance in July!! Come to the Gahanna Community Congregational Church on Friday, July 12th; time is 7:30-9:30 pm.  Ed Laudenschlager is calling. This dance will have squares only and is intended to get our Newest Dancers out during the summer.  This dance is FREE and is sponsored by Council (COCDC).  Donations will be accepted and given to the Ronald McDonald House.

Our July 26th dance is Root Beer Floats and we dance to Dave Stuthard and Sue Powell.

And with that, it’s time to say…… get out and DANCE!!

Lynn LeMaster


Wish these dancers a Happy Birthday when you see them in a square!
July 10Ray OwensJuly 29Kevin Breakiron
July 21Shirley MonnettJuly 31Jamie Collier


Lessons will start on September 10, 2019 at the Maize Manor UMC; time will be 7-9 pm with Ed Laudenschlager instructing.  RECRUIT!  RECRUIT!  RECRUIT!


This year Orbiting Squares will offer three plus level “Refresher Workshop” sessions that will be held on Aug 8, 15 and 22, from 7 to 9 PM at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church. Instructor: Mark Johnson. $5 per person per class. This is a great way to freshen up your skills and get ready for all of the dances and classes this fall.
Monday, July 8BADS Board Meeting at Donato’s, 377 Granville St, Gahanna, 7:00 p.m. (6:30 to eat and review minutes)
Friday, July 12Summer Fun Dance – Ed Laudenschlager, caller.  No rounds.  FREE Donations to Ronald McDonald House Accepted – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna
Sunday, July 14Americana Jamboree, 3:30-6:00 p.m. (Early Rounds at 3:00 p.m.)  Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna.  Callers:  Sam Dunn and Dave Stuthard, Cuer:  Phyllis Burdette.  Casual dress or Red White and Blue attire.  Don’t miss this special dance with a caller originally from Central Ohio!
Friday, July 26BADS Club Dance, 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. (Early Rounds at 7:30 p.m.) Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna. Caller: Dave Stuthard, Cuer: Sue Powell.
Sunday, July 28Hashing It Up Workshop, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Avenue, 1 block south of North Broadway and High Streets, Columbus.  Any or all of Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, Dave Van Dyk, & Velma Doyle calling mostly Mainstream.  Free!  Come support our newest callers and get some extra dance time.


As of the June Board Meeting, 31 members have renewed their membership.  With our newest member, Kathy, we are now 32 members strong for the 2019-20 year. We will be working on the Club Roster soon and hope to get it out to everyone by the end of the month.
We had a great time on May 24th at our Memorial Day Dance.  We had 31 guests and 19 members come to dance to Tom Davis and Phyllis Burdette.  We had 4-5 squares on the floor all evening.  Fun dancing everyone!


By Velma Doyle
We’re Alabama Bound!  It’s exciting that SSDUSA is going where we have never gone before!  Our 49th Dance-A-Rama (DAR) on Labor Day weekend will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham–The Wynfrey Hotel. The hotel is actually in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.  The featured callers are Silver Eagle Recording Artists: Joe (Little Joe) Goins – TN, Tom Davis – OH, Greg Hatmaker – TN, and Gene Aldridge – TN. The cuers will be Robbie Carrington – TN and Diane Martin-Hamilton – AL, and they will also lead some line dances. Our Trail In dance is on Thursday evening, August 29th, at the host hotel. The DAR itself is August 30 to September 1, 2019.
We hope you will plan to join us in Alabama and that you will invite all of your dance friends to join you there.  We need your help to get the word out about all the fun we have.  Just look at what we have to offer!  We have a great line up of callers and cuers.  There will be four different halls and none of the dancing will be on carpet.  There will be square dancing programmed for you whether you dance Mainstream, Plus, DBD, A1 or A2. There will be rounds from levels II through V or VI. Also, there will be line dancing. All of the halls are on the same level, and if you stay at the host hotel, you will be close to the action.
Our registration forms are available on our flyer table. Also you can go to to obtain a form. All square and round dancers are welcome! Be sure to mark your calendars now for the 49th Dance-A-Rama on Labor Day weekend! See you in Alabama!


You won’t want to miss the Americana Jamboree Special Dance on Sunday, July 14th at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church. It will be co-sponsored by Orbiting Squares & Buckeye A2’s. The featured callers are Sam Dunn & Dave Stuthard, and Phyllis Burdette will be on rounds. Format of Dance: Advance 2 to 3, Early Rounds 3 to 3:30, & Plus With Rounds 3:30 to 6:00. All dancers pay $8.00 per person.  If you have not danced to Sam Dunn before, you are in for a special treat. Sam called in Ohio from 1978 to 2003, when he moved to Florida where he currently calls for two clubs.  He has been a recording artist with Red Boot Records & Tarheel Records. Sam, Dave Stuthard, Jack Pladdys & former caller Bill Bumgardner used to call together as the “Fab Four”.


by Lois (Slaughter) Krull
Among the early class members were two unforgettable characters who left an indelible mark in my memory.  We’re talking the late 1970’s folks!

Charlie Huhn and his buddy, Terry, were so full of life when they appeared together to learn to square dance.  He was a Burl Ives look-alike – complete with red short beard kept nicely trimmed.  He didn’t sing like Burl Ives but could he cook.  His friend, Terry, was a tall, slender, happy-go-lucky guy that you couldn’t help but like!  They were a pair.  When you saw one, you saw the other.

I don’t recall Terry cooking but he was always a participant in every other way.  They were inseparable until along came Jennifer who caught Charlie’s eye and before long, she was a part of them.

Monthly Board meetings were well attended by regular dancers in those days.  Usually they were held in the homes of officers.  Single life included these gatherings among dancers.  And food!  Was there food!  And Charlie was almost always there with his homemade Cream Puffs!  I’ll never forget how my eyes always scanned the table to see if they were there and if there were enough for everyone.  Yes, there were always enough.  I marveled at his skills.  I had never attempted a cream horn/puff.  They just seemed too specialized for my farm upbringing.  I loved to eat them and so did everyone else!!

Charlie & Jennifer married and moved to the South.  They returned on occasion to dance with us.  We sorely missed them.  Then one day we got word that Charlie had died.  He was so young.  I still miss that big guy with the killer hug.  Here is his recipe from the Bucks and Does Recipe Book of 1980:

From the kitchen of Charlie Huhn


1 c water (Boiling)
1/2 c shortening
1 c flour
4 eggs
1/8 tsp salt

Place water with salt over low heat, add shortening, then add flour all at once, blend thoroughly and remove from fire.  Let cool until finger can be held in mix.  When cooled add eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly after each one.  Use spoon to drop on greased baking sheet.  Yield 12-18 Puffs.

Bake :  Gas 400 degrees 15 min. then drop to 325 for 30 min.
Electric 425 degrees 15 min. then drop to 350 for 30 min.

Filling:  Use instant pudding and pie filling.

Lois Krull


By Mike Idle
Good evening everyone,

I hope you all got out and had a chance to enjoy the sunshine. Quite a change from all the rain, maybe summer has finally arrived.

There has been a lot of good dancing these past weeks. Hopefully you got in a square and had a great time. Remember we have our Summer in the City dance this Friday, June 28, with Ed Pabst calling and Chuck Berry cuing. Please bring a cool, summery snack and join us in a square.

See you Friday!