Happy Holidays!

Christmas Scene

The Christmas season is upon us and for most it promises to be a very different one. We usually visit our grandchildren right here in Richmond but this year we’ll be “Zooming” on Christmas morning to watch them open their gifts and I expect many others will be doing the same.

With the new vaccines just now starting to arrive things are looking much more promising but we still need to do our part to keep the virus in check until they are available to us all. It looks hopeful that we might be able to start dancing again in the Fall of 2021. Me thinks there’s gonna be a whole lot of reviewing necessary!

Eileen and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone on the dance floor before too long.



Final Week Of Fall Session Dancing

Is that a “Step Hop” that Santa’s doing?

Next week is our final dance week of the Fall session. It’s probably not that hard to believe with snow on the ground for a couple of weeks now!
In addition to our regular Monday and Thursday dance sessions next week, don’t forget our Christmas Party night next Friday Dec 7th. Doors will open at 5:30PM with a potluck dinner starting at 6PM. Dancing will start at 7PM and continue until approx. 9 – 9:30PM. Again this year admittance to the dance is $15 with all funds received being donated to Parkdale United’s “In From The Cold” program which feeds 125 – 150 needy people each week. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

The Winter dancing sessions will start on Monday Jan 7th and Thursday Jan 10th. The website will be updated with more Winter session information after next week so please check back then. I’ll be sending out an email to all dancers once the update is done.

If you wake up to inclement weather on a dance morning and wonder if dancing has been cancelled please check for an email from the club executive to that effect before leaving home. If you don’t have email an attempt will be made to contact you by phone.

Hope to see you at the party next week!

It’s Our Final Week of the Session!

Yes, we are at the final week of the session and also the final dance for us for 2017!! As a wind down for our fall session, we will just be dancing at the regular club sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. You will notice dances we’ve learned this session and also Christmas dances as we get into the Christmas Party mood for our annual “In From The Cold” Program on Friday!! The doors will open at 5:30 and as we set up, we will start our Potluck buffet at around 6:00. We will have a nice leisurely hour to eat and chat with our friends (and maybe a trip or two to the buffet line-all you can eat!) But not to worry about the extra pounds you think you may have put on, as we will be starting the dance right around 7:00. Just to reiterate, although everyone already knows, this dance is open to both our Wednesday and Thursday dancers. We have lots of dances for everyone to dance and out of 25 dances, I see 18 of those which our Thursday group can dance as well. Lots of dancing and fun times for all. Remember this dance is in support of Parkdale’s “In From The Cold” program which helps feed about 150-200 local people in need weekly. Every dollar coming to Gavin on Friday will be going directly to Parkdale. We are asking for a donation of $15 per couple. For anyone who would like to donate $20 or more, you will receive a tax receipt from the church. Gavin requests that if you will be paying by cheque, to please make the cheque out to Parkdale United Church.
Looking toward next year, just a note that we will be starting up again on Wednesday, Jan 10 and Thursday, Jan 11 for the winter session. The winter session will be 12 weeks in length with identical fee structure as the fall session-$84/single or $168/couple for the session fee or you can pay $10/person weekly. Just a heads up to our next session.
Lots of dancing ahead for us all and we will be capping it off with a wonderful evening of dancing and socializing with special friends, all in benefit for a great cause. We hope to see everyone this week and at the party! Get your dance shoes ready!

Capital Carousels Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree!

Originally posted by Donna Stewart December/17/2016 08:55 PM

How nice it was to get together as a club on December 9th! Capital Carousels held our annual “In From The Cold” Christmas Dance and we had a bit of everything there! Feasting, Singing, Storytelling and yes….Dancing!! We began the evening with a vast array of food made by our members. Yes-potlucks are the very best!! Lots of main dishes to choose from as well as many types of desserts to satisfy the sweet tooth at the end of the meal. After dinner we heard different members stories of the holidays. Everything from a Redneck Christmas, the story of Christmas trees in Aruba and the meaning of Hannukah! After that, we had a very interesting version of the 12 Days of Christmas-complete with audience participation!! Yes, we did come for some dancing and we had plenty of it to end out the rest of the evening. We also had a lot of Christmas dances to keep the atmosphere festive!! Along with all the fun, we also were there for a special benefit for Parkdale’s “In From The Cold” program. As we know, Parkdale feeds about 200 less fortunate people in the Parkdale area and we are proud to announce we collected $620 for the cause! A very special thank you for our 29 attendees as without you, we would not have been able to reach this goal! Many thanks everyone!
Lastly, the night would not have been the same if it had not been for Pat and Jill Ivay and their amazing decorations-including some new ones they made. Thanks so much for making the hall so festive for us all. Also, thanks to Ziggy and Jenny who keep everything under control in the kitchen. They run it like a well oiled machine! Also thanks to all of you for your assistance with table and chair setup, food table setup and help with setting up decorations with the Ivays. Thanks to Gavin as well for his keeping track of donations for our special benefit. Last but not least, thanks to Pat Black for her involvement with the Christmas party as a whole! Pat was instrumental in moving our party to Friday night, the idea for the potluck and also the storytelling and singing!
Thanks to all of you who came out and at Capital Carousels we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Enjoy your break and we will see you in January 2017!!

Capital Carousels “In From The Cold” Christmas Dance

Isn’t it hard to believe we have only two weeks left in our fall session? We’ve had fun dancing and learning dances, celebrating our Anniversary and attending Capital Caper. Soon we will be having our Christmas Dance. A time for fun and fellowship with our dance friends.
Our Annual Christmas Dance benefitting Parkdale’s “In From The Cold” Program will be taking place this year on Friday, December 9 beginning at 5:30PM. We have a few new things planned this year. Not only the date has been switched to Friday night, we will also be starting the evening with a Potluck Dinner! Potlucks are always such a hit! Please bring your favourite dish and we know we will all have a wide variety of dishes to try. Not so new however is the fact that all money taken in at the door will be donated to Parkdale’s “In From The Cold Program”. This program feeds approximately 200 people a week, helping those in need. We ask for a donation of $15 per couple and for donations of $20 or more, tax receipts will be provided. After dinner, we will have all dancing and you can expect a few holidays dances will be on the program. Ziggy will be providing some more details in a separate email so stay tuned!