The square dancing clubs in the area are struggling to survive. We have only been dancing a couple of years and we have seen three clubs close and two are now only dancing once a month, the club we were a member of closed its doors last December. With clubs closing and fewer folks dancing Allemande Hall is also close to having financial problems. This is a gorgeous dance hall in Waco that was built around 40 years ago by square dancers. Tonight there was a benefit dance to raise money for the hall, they raised $1,024. Dancers donated what they wanted at the door to dance. People bought split the pot tickets, this is where people buy tickets and half the money went to the hall and the other half goes to the winner. The gentleman that won donated it back to the hall. People donated items for a brown bag auction, people bought tickets for items they wanted and put the tickets in a paper bag next to the item, one ticket was drawn per item and the winner gets the item. The money that people gave towards the ticket for the item stayed in the hall. The callers from the Heart of Texas Square and Round Association (Wendell Moore, Dale Smith, Dennis Camp, Charlie Martin and Ed Larder) called the dance. There were enough people for three squares but most of the time there were only two squares dancing. The callers called seven tips and did an excellent job. We had a great time dancing with friends and visiting with them.
|Charlie Martin and his wife Sue|