South Shore Dancers
December 2017

SSD DIRECTORS
Martine Anderson
Laurie Cavanaugh
Steve Cavanaugh
Gene Cobb
Kevin O’Brien
Marie Osterland
Tom Osterland
Joan Paquette
Sara StOurs
Karen Troupe
Roger Troupe

OFFICERS
President
    Tom Osterland
Chairman
    Roger Troupe
Treasurer
    Sara StOurs
Recording Secretary
    Karen Troupe
Corresponding Secretary
    Martine Anderson
Publicity
    Laurie Cavanaugh
Property Administrator
    Joan Paquette
Contract Administrator
    Kevin O’Brien

Webmaster
    Roger Troupe

Scandinavian Christmas – Dec. 9th

contributed by Roger Troupe

This month we travel to the countries of Scandinavia (an 8,000 mile hop) as we continue our year of "Dancing Around the World."

A brief glimpse of the Scandinavian Christmas: Norwegians begin their Christmases early. Unencumbered by Thanksgiving, Norwegians deck the halls with boughs of holly in late November, with the streets of Oslo lined with illuminated Christmas trees. The traditions of Sweden are similar to those of Norway, and include visiting family between Christmas and New Year, or perhaps setting off for a ski holiday. Burning candles may be seen in most homes. The Danish Christmas begins with the Advent wreath of spruce and red berries, with four candles atop it, one lit every Sunday leading up to Christmas Eve, which is the main festive day. Finland looks as we imagine Santa Claus’ workshop in the North Pole, and Fins like to joke that “everyone knows Santa Claus comes from Finland.” He would certainly be happy with Christmas dinner, which usually features roast pork and a variety of fish and casseroles to flank it.

At 7:30 PM Audrey Jean will start us off with a Rumba lesson. Then at 8:00 PM, Lestyn Gilmore will take over with three hours of ballroom, Latin, a bit of country and undoubtedly some songs of the Season. So, dress in your Holiday Fancy and join us for an enjoyable evening of dancing, socializing and celebrating the Season.

We’ll have our usual line dances, ladies choices, two mixers, dance hosts and maybe a dance hostess to provide dancing opportunities for everyone. There will be hot coffee, hot water for tea and plenty of ice and water and the always impressive snack and sweets table. Contributions to this table are graciously accepted, but never required.

Admission is $10.00 for SSD and USA Dance members with advance reservation and $12.00 for non-members and members without advance reservations. As of this writing, there are plenty of tickets available. For reservations, call Tom at 781-659-4703 or email us at tickets@southshoredancers.org

We are again collecting donations for the Patriot Ledger Lend-a-Hand campaign. Last year, we raised a donation of $2,380.00, including SSD's match of $1,000.We hope to top that, althoughthe amount of this year's match is still under review. Donations may be made by mail up until December 26th (SSD, PO Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061). We will write a single SSD check to consolidate your gifts so please make your check payable to South Shore Dancers, with Lend-A-Hand indicated in the memo block. Collection boxes will be available at both our dances. Thank you in advance.

New Year's Celebration – December 30th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

Last year, when NYE fell on a Saturday, we decided not to pay double for everything and compete with four other dances. Instead, at last December's dance, we offered hot & cold hors d'oeuvres passed by the caterers. This was so well received that we decided to do that instead of the sit-down dinner at this year's New Year's Celebration. We will have the balloons, the Grand March, the "Snake Dance" and have a rockin' good time for five hours, with DJ Tom Osterland, starting at 6:00 PM.

The menu of hot & cold hors d'oeuvres will include the following:

Beef Au Poivre-Wrapped Asparagus Spears
Scallops Wrapped in Bacon - Hot
Stuffed Mushrooms - Hot
Chicken and Beef Wellington - Hot
Mini Spring Rolls - Hot and
Mini European Pastry Assortment

Also, there will be a table in the foyer with crackers & cheese along with some of the catered food. So, contributions will not be needed for this table. Coffee, tea and ice-water will also be available in the foyer as usual.

So we advise eating a light supper because there will be plenty of food going around for most of the evening.

We’ll have our usual line dances, ladies choices, two mixers, dance hosts and maybe a dance hostess to provide dancing opportunities for everyone. There won't be the usual lesson preceding the dance as we want everyone to relax, socialize, dance at their own pace and enjoy the ambiance of the ballroom.

As this is a catered event, we'll need reservations no later than December 24th. Tickets are $35 per person and must be prepaid by December 27th. Reservations can be made at our December dance event, by e-mail (tickets@southshoredancers.org) or by mail to South Shore Dancers, P.O. Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061.When you send the money for your tickets, why not include a contribution for Lend-A-Hand?

Tango Argentina – Tango and Then Some

Our November dance was everything Argentina as we continued our trip around the world. Your Directors were a bit short-handed due to various illnesses and failing/broken body parts but we are pretty sure it didn't affect your fun for the evening. We appreciate the help we got from Members and guests during the dance.

Jim and Patty McMahon got the festivities going with a very well presented American Tango combination that began with some basic moves and smoothly got us into some sweet and subtle variations at the end.

From there, after replacing a faulty cable, DJ Tom Osterland provided Tangos and other kinds of dance music. At intermission, we had a splendid demonstration of Argentine Tango by Terry and Kathleen Fancher

Thanks also to all those who attended, to those who contributed to the snack and sweets table and to the dance hosts for the evening.



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