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Dare to Be Square - West!

Posted by ScottK on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Just got back from Dare to Be Square - West! held in Seattle this past weekend.  What a fantastic time that was!  Huge thanks to Charmaine Slaven, Tony Mates, and the rest of the D2BS organizing committee, sponsors, hosts, and volunteers for putting on such a great event.   Tons of great picking, dancing, eating, and visiting with old friends.  Bob Dalsemer was great leading calling workshops and dances.  Well worth catching if you get the chance. 

Now I can't wait for the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering in January and the Olympia Old-Time Music Festival in February so I can do some more picking and dancing with my non-Portland old time friends!


3 comments on “Dare to Be Square - West!”

John Gent Says:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @10:20:37 PM

Think I'm gonna make the Portland thing this year. Hope to see you there.

bj Says:
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @9:01:24 AM

The name implies that there's a Dare To Be Square - East. Tell me it's so! Sounds like entirely too much fun to miss . . .

ScottK Says:
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @10:16:53 AM

Hi bj,

Dare to Be Square started back east. It goes back to a couple articles that Phil Jamison wrote a while back:

Phil Jamison and Nancy Mamlin later started Dare to Be Square in North Carolina and it ran there from 2003-2006. It ran in Portland, Oregon, from 2007-2008 and moved to Seattle this year. You can read a little history at:

It's tentatively planned to be held in Seattle again in 2010. Then the organizers are thinking it might be cool to move to another city again. So you can start lobbying (volunteering to organize?) now! :-)

BTW, after Neal Pressley attended D2BS last year he went home and organized a similar, somewhat smaller event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, last August:

So that could be somebody to work with if you wanted to get a regional event going. Neal's a great guy and a lot of fun to play music with even if you don't get a dance weekend going.


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