Join in the fun on Main Street for an old time mountain square dance on Friday, June 29 at 7:00pm, during the Locally Made Market & Classic Car Cruise In! Fun and easy dances will be taught and called by Frank Jenkins and Deborah Thompson of Berea. Both are experienced callers and love to teach old time dancing to new folks. It’s even more fun to have live old time and bluegrass music by a band led by Gene Gatts of McKee.
Be a local vendor!
It is free for local artisans to set up and sell their handmade crafted items. Local farmers are also welcome to set up to sell any produce, fresh cut flowers, honey, and more. If you are interested in being a vendor check out the application on this webpage for the Locally Made 2018 Events. These events are every last Friday night of the month April-November!
Bring your classic car!
Free registration for the classic car cruise-in on Main Street. the first 25 cars will receive a dash plaque. It is a great opportunity to cruise around and park on Main Street, right next to the artisan market and street dance.
Personal Note from the Blog Author:
Appalachian square dancing is always fun and interesting to watch. The caller tells the dancers what to do, sometimes just a simple turn in direction or breaking off into smaller groups. I remember in elementary school, the gym teacher Mrs. Spencer would try to teach us different dances like the may-pole and the twist. Vaguely, I remember her trying to teach us basic square dancing. The boys and girls didn't want to touch because that was the time in our lives when boys had "cooties" and dancing with them would be "ewww". Years later, I remember going to Natural Bridge State Park with my family and watching them dance at Hoe Down Island. (They are still dancing there on Saturday nights!) This is probably what most people remember about local square dancing and clogging. There was always a big crowd and the men wore their cowboy boots and hats. The ladies would wear dresses and twirl around to the music. In August, I always enjoy watching the square dancing exhibition at the KY State Fair in Louisville. The professional dancers would make your head spin just watching them. So, if you already love square dancing or you would like to learn how to do it, this event is the perfect opportunity. Mark your calendars and bring the family to Main Street, Beattyville on June 29th.
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