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Cayuga County Square Dance Club Celebrates 60 Years and Invites New Members | Entertainment

Linda English special for the citizen

Congratulations to the Cayuga Cut-Ups Square Dance Club — 60 years as a club, family and community!

It was 1961 and the McGees, Perrys, Stevens and Dickmans were meeting in the members’ basements to dance. Doug Schultz and Tom Trainor were the first to call the club. Their first activity was a summer weekend on Association Island in Henderson Harbour. With a budget of $10-$15 to start the new year, they decided to have the weekend locally in Owasco Lake and in 1986 they celebrated 20 years of summer weekends: Wells College, Emerson Park, Gulliver’s farm. All have become places of celebration and dancing!

The club has danced at Owasco Elementary School, Masonic Temple, Elks Lodge, YMCA, St. Peter’s Church, Auburn United Methodist Church and, most recently, the Bailiwick Market Gazebo & Coffee. Let’s not forget the festivals and fairs that were part of the events across the county and state: CNY TomatoFest, the Cayuga County Fair, the New York State Fair, the Wheat Harvest Festival, the Jordan Fall Festival and so many parades!

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Looking at the 10 albums created by club historians over 60 years, I saw the family that was created. The members shared the dance, but the family events impressed me the most: weddings, birthdays, graduations, baby showers, picnics, weekends, parties and funerals, all told the story of a family creating a community.

We are proud to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with established bylaws and elected leaders encouraging and supporting Modern Western Square Dancing folk dancing. We are looking for new members, with open houses at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 14 and 21, at First United Methodist Church, 2744 E. Brutus St., Weedsport. (We wear masks for indoor dancing and use hand sanitizer after every tip.)

All are welcome. Join the family!

Linda English is secretary of the Cayuga Cut-Ups Square Dance Club. For more information, find the club on Facebook.