OK, I didn’t dance but I was taking pictures at last week’s Folkmoot Fiddlin’ Fall Fling. Whitewater Bluegrass was playing at the Folkmoot Center at the old Hazelwood Elementary School. Joe Sam Queen called the first dance and then that role when to Teddy White, the group’s bass player. About 150 people attended, and almost all of them were up and dancing. Several commented that large square dance gatherings with quality bands in a nice facility are all-too-rare these days. The crowd was mostly in the 50- to 60-year age group. Here’s a call for more get-togethers like these, which unfortunately are becoming a vanishing aspect of mountain culture.
Forget wasting time inside watching the Panthers or the Catamounts in this dismal season and rough it up yourself. With leaf litter all around, my son and I spent 30 minutes Sunday throwing, punting, running and tackling until we were falling down giggling.
— By Scott McLeod