Old tradition gets new life at Whallonsburg Grange

WHALLONSBURG Old-fashion fun is in vogue at the Whallonsburg Grange. The Whallonsburg Grange Chautauqua Dances will take place on the last Saturday of every month. The first dance will take place on Jan. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Local performer Gary Finney is the caller. There will be dances for experienced as well as novice square dances. Dance organizer Jim LaForest said the series was an effort to get people into the Grange Hall, which was recently transferred to the town of Essex. This is something we've been trying to do for quite a while, bring back square dances in the grange, said LaForest. He said the dance will appeal to those who enjoyed old-time music in a quaint country setting. Hed like to see the building used for plays, musicals, dramas, receptions and other public gatherings. This program is made possible, in part, because of a Developing Community Arts Grant with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks. The town of Essex is also a sponsor. Admission is $5 per couple or single. LaForest said the series was funded through June, but he would like to continue it either by revenue raised from the entry fees, or with another grant.

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