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January 1, 2023
- If you're in the habit of announcing your events on Facebook, please note that I will
probably miss them. There's nothing to remind me to go back to look at the announcement
when I get home (I'll get an alert about an event during the day), plus those reminders
are usually too late to make it into the calendar.
If you want your events listed in the calendar,
send me email, and please give
me plenty of notice.
- I imagine that a lot of people got out of the dance business, whether because their
business dried up during the pandemic or because social dancing is a close-contact sport.
As I've said before, dance organizers are generally energetic about getting listed
on this website but take their time getting their listing removed (clearly, some of them
just don't care if people try to contact them about their non-functioning dance business).
All I can do is check to see if their website is gone; I almost never take the time to
find out if they've moved their promotional materials to social media, because it takes
a lot of my time.
If you run a dance business that's still going, please take a few minutes to look over your listings here and let me know of any needed corrections.
- Those of you who depend on the Internet for promoting your business need to check on it once in a while.
This may include your websites, Facebook pages, and other promotional venues. Today I just went to
check the webpage for the hours and phone number of a store I use a lot. I could not find that site's website on my phone
or my computer so I thought they may have gone out of business. I did eventually get to the webpage
of the ISP that hosted the website and it turns out the ISP did not renew the customer's website,
even though the business had opted for automatic renew.
From the corner booth...
Just realized that this website has been around for 27 years (or so), more or less the amount of time for which I've been dancing. Many of the teachers I knew from back then are 27 years older than when I met them so if they're not retired, they're probably headed in that direction. I'm not getting out dancing as much (remember that part about being 27 years older) and I have no idea if a lot of these teachers and dance venues are still around. These dance business were always eager to get listed (well, not entirely true; many of them had no idea that this website existed); those same venues probably don't have this website in mind as they shut down their business. If you know any of these business, please let me know if those venues are no long viable. It'd nice to be able to pare down the listings to have only current venues. If you know the dance proprietors, ask them to contact me and let me know officially that they are no longer in business.
Whoever was around back in "the old days" might have known Lois Meinhardt, a local teacher and enthusiastic dancer; she passed away on July 28, 2021. We didn't know about it until we were listening to a sermon by Michael Balboni, one of my favorite ministers at Park Street Church, on January 2, 2022. It was quite a surprise when we realized to whom Pastor Balboni was referring. It's a shocking way to find out that someone had left this world.
You can listen to the whole sermon, Hope in God. We can hope that Lois is at peace and continuing to rip up that great dance floor in the sky.
I thought we were done but someone just told me that a friend and local dancer, Donna LeRue, passed away recently. She was a scholar, historian and a woman of strong faith. We're awaiting news of funeral arragements.
See you on the dance floor.
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