Announcements

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:05:PM

    What an exciting Festival weekend! Were you there for the fun or did you miss out? Over 500 dancers attended the 54th Annual Festival weekend.

    The Texas State Callers Association hosted a fun and lively Trails End Dance. The Brazos room of the Waco Convention Center was full of dancers. What a great "opening night" for festival. Celebrity callers Brad Caldwell, K.O. Jeanes, Wade Driver and Wayne Weston really had the dancers on their toes. Brad Caldwell was also the cuer for the evening. K.O. Jeanes was the winner of Caller Idol III. Be sure to ask K.O. to model his crown. Other contestants were Wade Driver and Wayne Weston. Great singing guys!

    Pre-Festival on Friday was a lot of fun. Wade Driver, Bob Baier, K.O. Jeanes and Mark Prow called and cued a great dance. The Parade of Stars was a lot of fun. Celebrities seen in the parade and on the dance floor included Judy Garland as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Debbie Reynolds, Mae West, Jackie Gleason, John Wayne and many others. The night ended with dancing on the old Brazos River Bridge.

    Festival Saturday began with dancing and the three panels. The fashion show was a delight. Nivia Wilson, Golden Gulf Coast SRDA, modeled the dress she wore in the TSFSRD 25th fashion show in 1987. (Wow – they both looked great.) The Andrews Sisters (aka Debbie Verhoef, Jessica Barnes and Rachel Barnes) performed Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Stu Ringer wowed everyone with his rendition of "Ole Man River" (from "Show Boat") and "Mariah" (from "Paint Your Wagon"). Ten Teen Scholarships were awarded during the opening ceremonies. The 2016-2017 TSFSRD officers were also introduced during the opening ceremonies. Everyone danced all afternoon and evening until their feet cried "no more!"

    Sunday morning after devotional and the business meeting good-byes were said and dancers returned home to rest and dream of Festival 2017. 2017 Festival will be hosted by Red River Valley SRDA in Wichita Falls where we'll "Deck – uh Dance – the Halls in Wichita Falls June 8-11.

    This is your roving reporter's last report for DYWTW News and Radio (Dance Your Way to Waco) Station where Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen.

    Carolyn & Preston Smith
    TSFSRD Publicity Director
    carolynann@consolidated.net
    www.squaredancetx.com
    281-392-0713; 832-877-6534
    Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:48:AM

    Are you ready for Festival? It's almost time only 4 more days until the beginning with the Trails End Dance on June 16.

    It wouldn't be a road trip if you didn't find road construction and slow traffic. Lewis and Marilyn Chumbley and Phil and Janet Abel report that the I-35 road construction has reached Waco. A handy website to help with road issues is www.drivetexas.org . Lewis has this to say:

    Construction on I-35 has reached Waco. We were in Waco a couple of weeks ago, and ran into a big traffic delay between the Comfort Suites Hotel and the Waco Convention Center caused by construction on I-35. I'm not sure how many of you are staying at the Comfort Suites or Hampton Inn, but you may want to avoid I-35. I have attached a map and directions on how to get to the WCC and back from Comfort Suites without travelling on I-35. You may want to print this off and keep it handy. I plan to bring copies to leave at Comfort Suites. Feel free to share this with any of your friends."

    Directions from Waco Convention Center to Comfort Suites Hotel North without getting on I-35 (Red line on Map).
    From the WCC Parking Lot turn left onto Franklin Ave.
    Proceed on Franklin across the Brazos River Bridge.
    Turn left onto Martin Luther King Blvd for about one long block.
    Turn right onto Elm Street for a bit more than a mile.
    Veer left onto Hillsboro Dr. and continue for about another mile to the intersection with Waco Drive.
    Cross Waco drive and continue for one more block.
    Turn right onto Faulkner Lane.
    Go about ¼ mile and Faulkner Lane will run into the I-35 Service Road.
    Turn Right onto the I-35 Service road. The Comfort Suites will be on your right.

    Directions from the Comfort Suites Hotel North to the Waco Convention Center without getting on I-35 (Blue line on Map).
    From Comfort Suites parking lot, turn right onto the I-35 Service Road, then
    immediately turn right onto Waco Drive.
    Follow Waco Drive about 2 miles and cross the Brazos River.
    Immediately after crossing the river, turn left onto University Parks Dr.
    Follow University Parks Dr about ½ mile. The Convention Center will be on your right.

    See you on the dance floor in Waco. Because Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen.

    Carolyn & Preston Smith
    TSFSRD Publicity Director
    carolynann@consolidated.net
    www.squaredancetx.com
    281-392-0713; 832-877-6534
    Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Sun, 05/29/2016 - 5:26:AM

    The June 2016 RCS is available for everyone to download free of charge. Please copy, print, share, and email the 'Round the Capitol Square' Newsletter with others.  The first attached RCS pdf file includes an index. The second pdf file does not have an index.

    A free Adobe PDF Reader may be downloaded using the following link

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Sun, 05/29/2016 - 2:53:AM

    TSFSRD Festival Trivia:  When/where was the largest festival?

    Saturday afternoon's Fashion Show in the Bosque Theater of the Waco Convention Center is the place to be to see the most stars.  You won't want to miss this entertaining event.  Chairman Twyla Woody has planned an event to remember and guaranteed to make you smile.

    Make those reservations for festival today! We're looking for you in Waco because Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen.

    Trivia Answer:  1979 in Fort Worth; 5,612 dancers attended.

    Carolyn & Preston Smith
    TSFSRD Publicity Director
    carolynann@consolidated.net
    www.squaredancetx.com
    281-392-0713; 832-877-6534

    Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Sat, 05/07/2016 - 12:46:PM

    Newsletter Editors, Email Coordinators, Webmasters, Please forward to the dancers in your area, include in your newsletter and/or post on your bulletin board.  Thanks.

    I goofed – the date of festival is Saturday, June 18, not the 17th.

    TSFSRD Festival Trivia:  When and Where was the first State Festival held?

     

    Act Now! 

    * The deadline for early registration for Festival is May 16 (May 15 for using PayPal).

    * The deadline for discounted hotel rates is May 16.

    Link to registration form:  http://www.squaredancetx.com/Events/2016FestivalRegistrationForm.pdf

    You will be able to get tickets at the door; pre-registration saves you dollars.

    Highlights of Festival weekend

    * Trail End Dance on Thursday, June 16, hosted by Texas Callers Association with "Caller Idol" after party.  Voting for your favorite "Idol" is by dropping quarters in their bucket.  Money raised is for lessons grants and caller training scholarships.

    * Pre-Festival Dance on Friday, June 17, hosted by Houston Square & Round Dance Council.  Featured callers are Wade Driver, Bob Baier, KO Jeanes.  Featured cuer is Mark and Pam Prow.  After party is dancing on the Brazos River Bridge.

    * Festival – Saturday, June 18.

      Fun and educational panels in the morning, afternoon fashion show, dancing all day, Saturday evening dance.  Watch for more details coming soon

    Make those reservations today! We're looking for you in Waco because Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen.

     

    Trivia Answer:  May 18, 1963, Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX.  Lee and Roy Long were chairman.

    Carolyn & Preston Smith

    TSFSRD Publicity Director

    carolynann@consolidated.net

    www.squaredancetx.com

    281-392-0713; 832-877-6534

    Waco is the Scene for Twenty Sixteen

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:52:AM

    On May 1st and 2nd ASRDA held their 67th Annual Mid-Tex Festival. It was held by the San Marcos river. There was round and square dancing Friday night with callers Wayne Weston, Billy Grimsley, Brad Caldwell, & Chet Miles, and cuer Martha Koslosky.

    Saturday caller Mike Bramlett started off the morning with an A dance workshop. Then early afternoon cuers Bob & Kay Kurczewski held a round dance workshop followed by Mike holding a square dance workshop. Then more dancing Saturday evening. Everyone had a fantastic time.

    Check the photo gallery gallery for pictures of the dance.

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 6:10:PM

    The May 2016 RCS is available for everyone to download free of charge. Please copy, print, share, and email the 'Round the Capitol Square' Newsletter with others.  The first attached RCS pdf file includes an index. The second pdf file does not have an index.

    A free Adobe PDF Reader may be downloaded using the following link

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:18:PM

    Waterloos have changed their Spring Lessons Graduation Dance to May 3rd, 2016.

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 2:35:AM

    As a reminder, all clubs are asked to support MidTex in three specific ways:

    1) Encourage all your members to pre-register and attend.
    2) Help with refreshments by bringing cookies and a bag of salty snacks on Friday evening
    3) Bring $100 to $150 in gift cards ($25 increments are fine) on Friday evening. We will bundle the gift cards into bundles of $250 to $300 to be door prizes. We will do this instead of having split the pots each night.

    Lise Waring
    ASRDA President

  • Submitted by: mikerrtx on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:54:AM

    The April 2016 RCS is available for everyone to download free of charge. Please copy, print, share, and email the 'Round the Capitol Square' Newsletter with others.  The first attached RCS pdf file includes an index. The second pdf file does not have an index. Both files are for copying, email sharing, printing, and website viewing.

    A free Adobe PDF Reader may be downloaded using the following link