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March 23, 2010


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Interesting, Tipper.
You know I had never heard of a contra dance until you began telling me about them.
I know I would have enjoyed being there, too.

I worked for American Greetings for several years, and had opportunity to go to the Berea plant to work a few times, and spent some off time in Berea. It's such a quaint little city, and the college is really nice. We fell in love with a pizza place in town as well. Can't remember the name of it.

What an interesting posting. I really enjoyed reading the history. Sounds like you all had a great bonding time too!


A link to English Country Dance lessons in KY! We are considering....

I'm so glad to hear they (and you) had a wonderful time again. One of these years, I hope we can meet up there!
~ teresa

It sounds like a lot of fun!

I bet you all had a great time. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Sounds like you all had a pretty good weekend, I'm so glad you got to go. This is the heritage you are trying to preserve. I can hear the love in everything you write. Your love for your heritage.
Thanks for all the information on the school and the history.
I can't wait for the next installment!

Good post! I look forward to the interview.

What fun!! I lived in Berea for awhile many many years ago and worked at the hospital there for a few years as well. Great city Berea!

Berea is about a 50 minute drive from here.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your visit there. I'm sure the girls loved it!

I truly do love to read about history and I think it would be a treat to watch you all dance as I have a fondness for that type of dancing.

So glad you all went there. I have been to Berea College. That area in KY is not far from my hometown in Southwest VA. I even had a couple of cousins who attended Berea a long time ago. It was affordable for that big family (of 9 kids) ---and everyone says great things about Berea College.

Thanks ---and I'm looking forward to more of your trip.

That's about 30-45 minutes from my house and I didn't even know about it! I'd love to go next year.

What fun! I look forward to seeing tomorrow's post.

I should have added that Cecil Sharp met Mrs. John C. Campbell on his visit to the U.S. and discovered that ballad singing was alive and well in the Appalachian region. With the Campbells' help he made several ballad collecting trips to the mountains and in 1917, while in Kentucky, he saw and notated a square dance he called "The Kentucky Running Set." This is probably the first detailed description we have of a traditional American square dance!

Tipper: Super story and great prices for the rooms. The girls surely had a great time. How much fun can you have? Never enough.

Berea college also has a wonderful sustainable agriculture program that sells heirloom bean seed. Many came from Haywood County, NC, others Kentucky. If you are looking for a delicious tender bean, they are the place . Also some tomato seeds too.
Looking forward to tomorrows post. Remember last years with the girls dancing. Barbara

I know you and your girls must have had a fabulous time at this festival. I look forward to your interview about what it was like in the seventies.

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