North Country Squares opens season with free dances

To cover expenses, the club raises funds through an annual pancake breakfast at Sangers Sugar House in West Chazy and a refreshment stand at the Clinton County Fair.

The club is also involved with community events. This past weekend, the club put on square dancing demonstrations at St. Augustines AppleFest, similar to demonstrations they have put on for skilled nursing patients at CVPH Medical Center, where they annually raise funds for the CVPH Cancer Society.

The organizations "King" and "Queen" are crowned yearly at their Apple Blossom Dance. This years royalty is Dick Hegnauer and Marcia Richards.

The club currently boasts 116 members, and that number will likely go up by 14 this February, as that is the number signed up for classes so far.

Debbie Agoney from Peru and her husband were at the opening event and are planning to take the classes.

"It was my husbands idea," Debbie said. "His brother and his wife square dance and we thought it would be a good thing to do this winter. It is a lot of fun."

Eleven-year-old Abigail DAntonio from Dannemora was one of the younger participants. She came last year for one of the free nights and returned to enjoy a night of dancing with her mother.

"I think it is fun because I like to meet new people and do new things," Abigail said.

Besides having fun and making new friends, square dancing is also good exercise. Vicky and Lee Yaeger, both physical education teachers for the Saranac Central School District for 34 years, are in their third year of membership. Lee was also the athletic director for the last 13 years of his career.

"Square Dancing really raises your heart rate so you are getting a mild work out. It is a very good activity to improve your physical fitness," he said.

If you missed the first two nights of free dancing it is not too late. Newcomers are welcome every Wednesday and Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. through the end of September. All newcomers may dance free for two nights before deciding to commit to the weekly lessons, with no pressure to do so.

If you are looking for an evening of music, fun and dancing, head over to the North Country Squares Building at the Clinton County Fairgrounds on State Route 22.

For more information about square or round dancing call Celeste Roy, 492-2057, or Dick Crawford, 561-7167.

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