5/15/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The Wednesday 5/15 class began the final stretch of 6 that will culminate in the June 19th graduation for the 10 students. There are 5 PLUS calls left to be taught. The theme for the class was "Wear Colors of the Sun" to celebrate its return after many recent rainy days.
5/8/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Aloha from the Wednesday dance class as the students and angels paid homage to the 50th state in the union. The 2018-2019 FCP Dance Lessons Season has 6 classes remaining. The 10 students graduate on June 19th. Class instructor Dan Grimes continues to hone the Mainstream and PLUS skills of the students. The new PLUS call added tonight was Chase Right. There are 4 PLUS calls left to learn.
5/1/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The Wednesday Dance Class 2018-2019 session is coming down the homestretch with only 7 weeks left. Although the 2nd semester adds PLUS calls to the mix, it also re-enforces the previously learned Mainstream calls. One PLUS call was taught on 5/1. It was Grand Swing Thru. The theme for the class attire was shirts that represent places you have been to.
4/14/19 bunny hop DANCE
Filling the Easter baskets with food donations was the first priority at the Bunny Hop Dance on Sunday April 14th. Pictured above are the club members and guests holding the filled to the brim baskets to be donated to a local food bank organization.
4/5/19 stop & sell the roses DANCE
The display and selling of second hand square dance attire was prevalent during the April 5th Stop & Sell The Roses dance. The dance floor was crowded with six squares of club members and guest visitors. Pictured above is FCP Club President Henry Lane with the guests from the Village Swingers club in Rockville, MD.
3/27/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The theme for this class was Crazy Hats and boy were there some crazy ones including the one worn by Linda that looked like an Esther Williams swimming cap with different color stalagmites emanating from it. One previous PLUS call was reviewed and one new PLUS call was taught. They were: Spin Chain The Gears and Follow Your Neighbor.
3/22 march to the dance hall DANCE
Seven squares of marchers attended the belated St. Patrick's Day themed March To The Dance Hall Dance on Friday March 22nd. Included in the mix was a contingent of Felonious Four County Squares with the devious purpose of stealing our beloved banner. Pictured on the left is the dancers in their themed green. Pictured on the right is the aforementioned nefarious looters taking the banner from a bewildered Club President Henry Lane. I am pretty sure that a recapture the banner raid is in the astute planning phase of General Henry.
3/15 Wasca recognition
On March 15th Promenaders Jan & Alex Dommerich were recognized for their volunteer work for the WASCA festival. The picture above shows members of the club with Jan & Alex displaying their Dancer Appreciation Certificate.
3/13/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Green was the theme at the 3/13/19 dance class. The pre-class workshop was entirely a review of Mainstream calls as the students prepare for the upcoming Saturday student session at WASCA. One new PLUS call (Track 2) was taught during the regular 2 hour class session.
3/20/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The theme for the dance class was The 60's, so some of the students and angels were dressed accordingly. The pre-class work shop concentrated on reviewing the previously taught 9 PLUS calls. The regular 2 hour session continued to reinforce Mainstream calls and introduced 2 new PLUS calls. They were Anything and Roll and Spin Chain The Gears.
3/6/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
It was a Primary Colors theme at the March 6th dance class. The picture shows the class members who wore those colors.
3/1/19 polkas & polka dots DANCE
Club members, students, and visitors wearing the dots at the Polkas & Polka Dots dance on 3/1/2019.
2/27/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The PLUS semester of the 2018-2019 dance class continued on 2/27 after a snow day off on 2/20. To make up for lost ground, Class Instructor Dan Grimes taught 3 new PLUS calls. They were: Tea Cup Chain, Peel Off, and Linear Cycle. It was a Glitz & Glitter theme at the dance. The picture shows class members donning their appropriate apparel with the gentleman 4th from the left rather ornate. He had a round red flashing signal light attached to his belt on the back.
2/13/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
It was SRO (Sitting Room Only) at the 2/13 Wednesday Dance Class as 15 Students and accompanying Angels formed 4 squares at the 3rd PLUS class of the 2018-2019 Program. The class welcomed another new student to the mix. It was College Jersey Night as the class wore their college regalia. One new PLUS call (Load The Boat) was taught by Class Instructor Dan Grimes.
1/30/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Semester 2 (PLUS) of the 2018-2019 Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Lessons Program got underway on 1/30 starting with a complete review of all Mainstream calls prior to teaching 30 PLUS calls over the next 14 weeks culminating with a student graduation at the regular club dance on May 17th. The 12 students from the Mainstream session welcome 2 new students to the PLUS session. The theme for 1/30 was Black and White. In an unusual twist, Club Instructor Dan Grimes had the students and angels perform a square dance routine in a square of 16.
1/23/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Wear something plaid was the theme at the 16th square dance lessons class of the 2018-2019 Square Dance Lessons program on January 23rd. The process of reviewing all previously learned Mainstream calls began tonight and will continue on January 30th in preparation to start the PLUS part of the program on February 6th.
1/18/19 CRAZY SOCKS DANCE
It was as crazy as you can get, that is from the knees down, at the Crazy Socks dance on January 18th. Pictured above is the cast of characters and their crazy socks.
1/16/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Glory, Glory Hallelujah, It's About Time. These were the terms bandied about after the 15th class of the 2018-2019 Wednesday Nights Square Dance Lessons program. This night marked the completion of the last 4 Mainstream calls by Class Instructor Dan Grimes. To date 60 calls have been taught. It was also "Wear Your Favorite Shirt" night as depicted in the top photo of the participants wearing said items. There are two more weeks of Mainstream review, review, and review, before Semester 2 (PLUS) begins on February 6th..
1/7/19 two promenaders attend pennsylvania farm show
On Monday January 7th one square of the Gad-Abouts attended and performed in exhibition and competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Pictured on the above left is the square waiting to enter the Parade of Squares at the beginning of the show. The above right photo is the square assembling in their designated spot 47. The Promenaders attendees were Marjorie Barber and Dan Grimes. Two videos are in the Video Gallery.
1/9/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
It was Wear Your Stripes night at the 14th Wednesday Dance Class of the 2018-2019 Square Dance Lessons program. Five new calls were added to the growing list of learned Mainstream calls. They are: Tag The Line, Half Tag, Dixie Style To A Wave, Left Swing Thru, and Split Circulate. There are only 2 classes remaining in the Mainstream semester. The PLUS semester begins on February 6th.
1/4/19 BIG BAND ERA DANCE
12/19/18 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The holiday spirit was alive and well at the 12th dance class on Wednesday 12/19, Four squares (including the 12 students) listened to and danced to holiday singing calls by Club Deputy Caller and Instructor Dan Grimes. Three new calls were added to the ever growing Mainstream regimen. They were: Box The Gnat, Sweep 1/4, and Wrong Way Right and Left Grand. There are only four classes left in Semester 1 of the 2018-2019 FCP Dance Lessons Class. A contest was also held to determine and reward prizes in three holiday regalia categories. The picture on the top left shows Club Deputy Caller Dan Grimes (on the left) with the winners (Most Colorful, Denise McCarthy as the Christmas Genie of the Past, Present and Future, Most Unusual, Pat Marks as the Christmas Elf, and Cutest, Jan and Alex Dommerich as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus). Each winner was presented a Christmas glass ball to hang on their tree. The picture on the top right shows all of the Angels and students who donned holiday attire.
12/7/18 CHRISTMAS POT LUCK DINNER DANCE!
The holiday season was kicked off in a rousing and tasty way at the Christmas Pot Luck Dinner Dance on Friday December 7th at the FCP club dance. Food and holiday cheers were abundant as five of the dance class students (on right) joined regular club members and guest visitors to the seasonal singing calls of Club Caller Doren McBroom.
11/2/18 thankful for veterans dance!
Patriotic colors are plentiful at the 11/2/18 Thankful For Veterans Dance.
10/31/18 Wednesday DANCE Class
Spooky things were going on at the 6th Wednesday Dance Class on 10/31. Club dance instructor Dan Grimes was in rare form calling his rendition of the Halloween favorite Monster Mash. Seven mainstream calls were taught. They are Roll Away, Touch A Quarter, Walk & Dodge, Partner Trade, Single Circulate, Single Hinge, and Trade By. The photo above on the left shows students and angels in square formation. The photo on the right shows the students, angels, and instructor (Dan "Scarface" Grimes) in their Halloween costumes. Two videos from the class are in the Video Gallery.
10/19/18 TOM THUMBS ROAD TRIP!
On Friday October 19th, twelve Promenaders, led by Club President Henry Lane, went "On The Road Again", eastbound on Route I-70, to the Tom Thumbs square dance in Ellicott City. It was the front end of a home and home trip. The Tom Thumbs will visit the Promenaders home turf in May 2019.
10/14/18 SPOOKY DISCO BALL DANCE!
It was Spooky Sunday in Walkersville on 10/14 as the Promenaders hosted the Spooky Disco Ball dance. Pictured above from left to right are Robert Abdinoor as the Mad Monk, Club Caller Bruce Simpers as the Templar Knight, and Mary Tucker as a Roaring 20's Flapper Girl with Marjorie Barber as the Bumble Bee or a Retro Pittsburgh Steeler.
10/5/18 FALL BACK TO THE FABULOUS 50'S!
On October 5th, the FCP Square Dance Club went back to the Fabulous 50's when poodle skirts were in vogue and Elvis was the King. Mike McIntyre was the Guest Caller. The picture is the FCP Poodle Skirt Brigade in full regalia. An associated video is in the Video Gallery.
9/26 FCP DEMO AT FAHRNEY-KEEDY HOME & VILLAGE
On September 26th, the FCP road team performed a square dancing demonstration at the Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village near Boonsboro Maryland. Pictured above from left to right are FCP club members Dan Grimes, Marjorie Barber, Robert Abdinoor, Beverly Magyar, Carl O'Dell, Mary Ann Gearinger, Jan Dommerich, Alex Dommerich, Suzanne Law, and Alice Bryant.
8/26/18 fcp in the news at baker park
The Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Club danced before the Rock and Roll Relics concert at Baker Park on Aug. 26. They then invited audience members to learn a few basic calls. Art LaVigne was the caller. Participating dancers were front row, from left: Ruby Shane, Sherry Downs, Cathy Ligsay, Beverly Magyar, Margie Barber, Karen Lane, Bonnie Pollack, Andrea Smith, Pam Harris, Faye Trageser, Peg Nutter, Amy LaVigne, and Mary Ann Gearinger. Back row: Jan Dommerich, Jerry Pollack, Barb Dodge, Kevin Sullivan, Art LaVigne, Andrew Provo, Henry Lane, Dan Grimes, and Robert Abdinoor, who coordinated the dance performance, which was the Promenaders’ fifth appearance before a Sunday concert in five years. Call 240-356-1255 if you are interested in square dance lessons or if you have questions about the Promenaders.
The news article appeared in the September 26th edition of the Frederick News Post.
8/17/18 SUMMER SIZZLE DANCE
The last 2018 Summer Sizzle dance featured a celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Jan and Alex Dommerich (pictured on the left). Happy Anniversary Jan & Alex! The entire dancing crew is pictured on the right.
2017-2018 DANCE CLASS GRADUATES
Having survived the arduous and imposing "Rubber Band Square" final exam, the students received their graduation certificates. Pictured from left to right are Andrew Evans, Andrew Provo, Class Coordinator Andrea Smith, Brian Garlick, Barbara Dodge, Club Caller and Dance Instructor Dean Singleton, Regine Schwab, Craig Hougum, Trina Wagner, Chuck Wagner, and Class Coordinator Marjorie Barber. Not pictured is the picture taker and Class Registrar Donald Barber.
6/15/18 summer sizzle dance
Sometime during the Friday June 15th Summer Sizzle dance, the FCP banner was stolen. It just so happens that members of the Tom Thumb Square Dance Club (pictured above) were present for the dance. Afterwards, an enraged Club President and Commander-In-Chief Henry Lane was quoted as saying "this unprovoked banner steal will not go unpunished". He is already making secret plans for the Frederick County Promenaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT) to travel to the thieves with itchy Thumbs lair in Ellicott City with orders to retrieve the prized possession by any means necessary.
7/6/18 four county squares banner retrieval
Things were not as casual as anticipated at the Summer Sizzle dance on Friday July 6th. The Four County Squares contingent had other ideas. They took strategic advantage of the "casualness" and managed to retrieve their banner previously stolen by the Promenaders on April 21st.. The devious retrieval was organized by Club President Don Pahl, pictured in the Black Hat.
6/2/18 FRIENDSHIP SQUARES BANNER RETRIEVAL
On Saturday June 2nd, a felonious contingent of FCP club members visited the Friendship Squares club dance, with the ultimate nefarious goal of retrieving the FCP club banner previously stolen from them. As you can see, the mission was a success with club member Andrea Smith capturing the FCP banner from Friendship Squares club member Jim Newell. To date, FCP banner retrieval teams have a 100% success rate.
5/30 COUNTRY MEADOWS DEMO
On Wednesday May 30th, FCP club members performed a square dancing demonstration at the Country Meadows of Frederick nursing home. Club members pictured standing from left to right are: Alex Dommerich, Jan Dommerich, Kevin Sullivan, Ruby Shane, Suzanne Law, Robert Abdinoor, Karen Lane, Club President Henry Lane, and Marjorie Barber.
4/21/18 four county squares banner steal
After going on the lam and laying low for a while, the Frederick County Promenaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT) reappeared and brazenly heisted the banner from the Four County Squares Dance Club on Saturday night April 21st. Pictured above are club members Andrew Provo (student), Jan and Alex Dommerich, Ellen and John Magnusen, Robert Abdinoor, Pamela Harris, Natalie Fogle, and Ruby Shane.Also in the picture is Four County Squares Club President Don Pahl (Black Hat). Not pictured above, but also included in the larceny were club members Brian Garlick (student), Linda Roberts (Club Cuer), and Dave Ludewig.
4/20/18 pirates on parade
Above are 6 selected pictures from the Pirates on Parade dance from April 20th.
P.S. Did anybody tell Scallywag Dan Grimes that he wore the wrong Pirate outfit. Maybe he thought it was the Sports Night dance? He should have walked the plank for that one.
P.S. Did anybody tell Scallywag Dan Grimes that he wore the wrong Pirate outfit. Maybe he thought it was the Sports Night dance? He should have walked the plank for that one.
4/17/18 daybreak visit
On April 17th, the Promenaders took a square on the road to the DayBreak Adult Services Inc in Frederick Maryland for a square dancing demonstration. Pictured above from left to right are Pat Marks, Marjorie Barber, Mary Ann Gearinger, Suzanne Law, Barbara Dodge, Jan Dommerich, Alex Dommerich, Bonnie Pollack, Robert Abdinoor, and Jerry Pollack.
4/25/18 homewood demo
The FCP square dance touring revue continued on Wednesday April 25th at Homewood. This contingent from L to R is John Owens, Marjorie Barber, Jim Schneck, Suzanne Law, Jan Dommerich, Alex Dommerich, Bonnie Pollack, and Jerry Pollack.
2/17/18 WOODSTOCK RELIVED DANCE
The former hippies, yippies, and student protesters of the 60's showed up in force at the Woodstock Revisited dance on February 17th. As of this posting there were no reports of sit-ins or war demonstrations at the dance.
3/20/18 IRISH CEILI DANCE
A sea of green at the Promenaders March 2nd Irish Ceili dance.
2/21/18 LOVETTESVILLE DEMO
On February 21st, members of the Promenaders went on a road trip to the Lovettesville Elementary School Aftercare center. During the demo the students were asked to participate. The picture on the left shows a student fixing a shoelace technical glitch before the "Show Could Go On".
2/2/18 VALENTINES DANCE
A sea of red at the Promenaders February 2nd Valentines Dance.
2/3/18 PANHANDLERS BANNER STEAL
Chalk up another successful banner steal by the now infamous Frederick County Promenaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT). The team, minus Club President and team General Henry Lane, boldly heisted the banner from the Panhandlers Square Dance Club on Saturday night February 3rd using a visitation as the guise to enter the clubs domain. Notably absent from the heist was Henry Lane, who trusted that the mission would be ably carried out in his absence. Could the mastermind General be laying low until the heat is off? Only time will tell.
1/19/18 Sports jersey night
1/8/18 CLUB MEMBERS IN HARRISBURG
On January 8th, FCP Club Members Marjorie Barber and Dan Grimes, who are also members of the Gad-Abouts, were part of the Gad-Abouts Square Dance Clubs contingent that performed in square dance exhibition and competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. A total of 60 squares participated in the event. The picture shows the Gad-Abouts members displaying their Superior Performance Blue Ribbons!
12/9/17 dl george xmas party
On Saturday December 9th, members of the Promenaders, pictured above, performed 2 square dancing demonstrations at the DL George & Sons Company Christmas party in Hagerstown Maryland.
10/27/17 halloween Dance
12/2/17 another fcpsscot banner retrieval
On Saturday December 2nd, the Frederick County Promenaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT), led by their Team General, retrieved the previously heisted FCP banner, during a visitation to the Village Swingers Square Dance Club in Rockville, Maryland. The FCPSSCOT was last seen hurtling up the I-270 car-pool lane towards Frederick with the Montgomery Count Police in hot pursuit. The cannot be named for obvious security reasons FCP Club President and Team General is seen in the photo holding the FCP banner.
12/1/17 Frosty Friday Students
The costumed characters from the recent Halloween Glo-Stick dance. Who is that Al Capone look-a-like chap (2nd on the left) and what is that object he is holding? Aah, that's Gangsta Dan Grimes with his water toting machine gun! Also, who is that gal to the left of him in the Pittsburgh Steeler retro uniform? Why that's Marjorie "The Bee" Barber.
11/18/17 FCP BANNER RETRIEVAL VISITATION TO THE PANHANDLERS
Six of the eight 2017-2018 dance class students attended the Frosty Friday Potluck Dinner dance on 12/1. Pictured above from left to right are: Brian Garlich, Elaine Fitzpatrick, Bob Fitzpatrick, FROSTY, Regine Schwab, Andro Provo, and Andrew Evans.
11/4/17 Dearbought visit
On 11/18, marching to the military style orders of FCP Club President Henry Lane, the Frederick County Promanaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT), silently slipped down to Martinsburg West Virginia to retrieve their club banner that had been previously heisted by the Panhandlers on a recent visit to an FCP square dance. Pictured above are the elusive members of the FCPSSCOT holding the prized FCP banner. The FCPSSCOT returned to Frederick under the cover of night and await their next mission!
P.S. The names of the FCPSSCOT members cannot be disclosed for obvious reasons.
On Saturday November 4th, members of the Promenaders went on a short road trip to the Dearbought Community in Frederick MD. The purpose of this visit was twofold. The first part was a demonstration square dance for the members of the community. The second part was a First Nighter which allowed the members of the community to square dance with the Promenaders. The picture above includes Promenaders and community members.
11/3/17 SALUTE TO THE VETERANS
Members of the Promenaders Square Dance Club pose at the Salute To The Veterans Dance on November 3rd, 2017. The photo on the right contains the Veterans who attended the dance. We all thank them for their service to our country!
10/6/17 Venetian Carnival
8/30/17 FCP Banner Heist attempt