Hoedown and fixin’s at farm
A fine way to work off a stomach full of barbecued pig is a good old-fashioned hoedown, naturally.
"Singles and partners all get a chance to work off their hearty meal of roast pork with all the fixin’s when I step them through the Virginia reel, square dance calls and other traditional American dances," said Brenda Goodwin who has been calling dances in the West for seven years. "It’s easy and it’s fun for the whole family."
The Friends of the Farm will hold its annual Hoedown and Pig Roast at the McPolin Farm on Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale at the Park City Library.
This year’s event features square dancing, called by Goodwin to live traditional American music of the Blue Sage Band, original art of the McPolin Barn by Paul Jakubowski, and a pig roast by Kumbayah Kitchens.
Three dancers will have a chance to support the work of the Friends of the Farm by purchasing one of three original paintings of the McPolin Barn by Jakubowski.
The mural artist will be on hand to paint impromptu figures into the scene that are meaningful to the art buyer.
"If you would like your pet painted as part of the scene, bring a photo along," Jakubowski said. "If you want to commemorate your evening at the Hoedown, a quick sketch of you or your dancing partner can be sketched on the spot."
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the original paintings will go to the Friends of the Farm, the volunteer group formed to foster community use of the farm. They organize several events every year including the popular Scarecrow Festival which will be held this fall on Saturday, Sept. 30.
For the first time this year, new members will receive a Friends of the Farm apron when they purchase a $35 family membership or $25 individual membership. This attractive apron features the Friends of the Farm logo, three pockets and adjustable neck. Members in good standing can purchase the apron for $10. All proceeds from the apron and event ticket sales support farm improvements and help to defray the cost of events.
Parking at the McPolin Barn is prohibited and is extremely limited on Meadows Drive. A shuttle bus included in the ticket price — will be available again this year. Participants should park at the Racquet Club in Park Meadows. Four shuttles will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at approximately 6:15 p.m. Return trips from the event will begin at 8:45 p.m.
For those needing a little brush-up on square dance terms and techniques, Goodwin will review familiar calls.
"Many of us remember ‘do si doe,’" Goodwin said. "That’s when you walk around your partner, back to back. But some other terms, like ‘left allamande’ may be less familiar."
Left allemande is a simple term taken from the French for "by the hand." Partners hold left hands and walk around each other. A right allemande means they hold right hands and walk around each other.
"Strip the willow" is another step that is part of the Virginia reel. It comes from a description of willow bark curling back from a peeled branch. After partners form two lines, the front partners peel back to the right or left, leading the entire group so that the last partners become the first ones in line.
"Think of bark curling back on itself or peeling a banana," said Goodwin.
Another French word that survives in square dancing is the term "Promenade."
"It simply means walk with your partner. So when I call ‘circle to the left, circle to the right, women to the center, men to the center, do si doe your corner, swing and promenade,’ people get the instructions and step along with the call. Everybody can do it, and if you make a mistake it’s all part of the fun. The most important thing is to have a good time."
To volunteer, or for more information, call 640-0682.
–Lola BeatleBrox also contributed to this story
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