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BCFESTIVAL 2017 in Region 2 Thurs. to Sat. July 6,7,8, 2017
By Wendy Krueger, Co-Chair VENUE: Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds
The BCFestival 2017 Committee has had a busy month of waiting to finalize plans for the venue for our exciting extravaganza of square and round dancing coming up in only 19 months. It was like watching a soccer match with a lot of running back and forth and still no score, but once the deal was finalized, the crowd went WILD!!
The beautiful and venerable Shannon Hall on 176th Street in Cloverdale will be the centrepiece of our festival. This facility has had a long history as a dance venue and long-time dancers have many wonderful memories of successful events hosted there over the decades. She has wonderful sound and a great floor, and she will be resplendent for us in her fanciest rodeo theme trappings. Her sidekick, right next door, is the Alice McKay building, which is of equal size, but comes in a distant second as a dance hall. Who the heck is Alice? Well, this Alice has more experience with wrestling crowds than dancers. Now I know sometimes square dance callers court disaster by calling things like “all 4 boys Box the Gnat”, and I saw a struggle ensue over that call once, much to the caller’s amusement! (No, it wasn’t Steve who called that—I wouldn’t draw attention to any local caller in print!) At any rate, we have high hopes that Alice will dress up quite nicely for us and we’ll be proud to invite all of you and many from far off to come dance with us.
No, I didn’t “go ask Alice” for a cracker-jack décor team to outfit our buildings for the festival. I made the trip to Chilliwack and asked around, letting some key people know that the talents of the Chilliwack Rhythm Reelers decorating specialists have been noticed and I was coveting their assistance for the festival. There is a very creative and energetic group out east and they have generously consented to take on this job. Thank you, CRR!
Dear Readers, I have been encouraged to hear that others believe in my personal goal. Just reminding you all that it is my fervent desire--that is a hot, burning, glowing passion--to see registration of 417 participants for BCFestival 2017. Four hundred seventeen!! Can it be done? Yes!! Let's get excited, let's get involved, let's make it so!!
REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE OUT SOON—START ASKING OTHERS IN YOUR CLUB TO GET IN THE RUNNING. WE’RE GOING TO ANNOUNCE IN THE VALLEY CIRCLE WHICH CLUB HAS THE MOST PEOPLE WITHIN THE FIRST 50 TO REGISTER!!
Here is the committee roster at this moment. Help is welcome in all areas: the names listed as heads of committees will ask members at large for help with their areas of responsibility. See something you want to help with? Know someone you want to work with? Contact that person.
BCFESTIVAL 2017 COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND HEADS OF SUB-COMMITTEES:
Co-Chair— David McVige (FVS&RDA)
Co-Chair-- Wendy Krueger (V&DCTA)
Treasurer— Cheryl Plume (V&DCTA)
Secretary— Christine Dahl (AGS)
Registrations— Minnie Basaraba (AGS)
Housing/Accommodations—Betty and George Langtry (FVS&RDA)
Publicity, Advertising, Promotion—Jean and Alex Galbraith (FVS&RDA)
Scheduling--square dance program--Brent Mawdsley (V&DCTA)
Scheduling—Round dancing between tips—Margaret Beatty (V&DCTA)
Scheduling—Round dance program-- We Need You to work with Anita Adams and Alison Hampton
Website design— Maureen Wilson (SSW)
Decorations and Displays— Chilliwack Décor Team
Hospitality— We Need You
Committee Members at large—Norm and Mary Cox, Kris and Anni Christensen, David Hammer, Al Gibbs and June Fitchett, John Corrigan
Ex Officio Members--Ken & Sally Crisp (BCS&RDF president couple)