Double C’s Square Dance Club has returned to the dance floor after a very long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two weeks ago, the club started dancing again at the Copperas Cove Public Library.
On July 23, the group came together to celebrate the 50th and 51st anniversaries of the club’s founding in April 1970. The club was unable to hold its 50th anniversary dance last year due to the virus.
“It’s great to be back,” said Mary Wesche, the club’s current treasurer and member since 2007.
Ron Wesche is another long-time Double C member and attended the celebration.
“There’s so much history here and it’s really great to be part of the history of this club,” he said. “I was a square dance caller for this club for 10 years, but my wife said she’d rather dance with me than hear me sing.”
Dale Smith is the current caller for the Double C’s.
“What I take away from being a caller is that everyone is having fun,” Smith said. “I was in Okinawa and became a caller when I was there because there were three dance clubs and no callers at the time.”
However, Smith was able to take a break from the recent celebration as 40-year-old veteran Gary Bible was asked to do so.
“I became a caller by accident, because I was at the dance and singing with the caller, and he asked me if I wanted to try being a caller, so I said ‘OK’ and I’ve had fun ever since. I love visiting this group,” Bible said.
Bible has called for square dancing groups in at least eight states.
The club is the oldest square dancing club in Coryell County, and many members have been with the club for years.
Ray and Catherine Stewart founded the club in 1970. While stationed in Japan, the couple developed a love for square dancing and decided that such a club had to be in central Texas.
“…(B)eing a part of Double C is important because it’s great exercise, and also the camaraderie we have with each other is wonderful and that’s part of being in a community,” said Shirley Beyer, the club. current president. “I can’t wait to dance because it’s fun and I do it with people I love.”
Beyer took over as president in 2020 during the pandemic, replacing longtime president Majorie Mitchell, who served from 2012 to 2020.
“We want to be a part of this community and we do that by providing several scholarships of $1,500 each to several high school students,” Beyer said of the club’s importance to the community. “We also hold a Blue Santa Dance every November where we collect toys for the kids and donate them to the Blue Santa program in Copperas Cove.”
Double C’s Square Dance Club meets from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in the Great Meeting Room at the Copperas Cove Public Library, 501 S. Main St.