Hello Dancers,

        Kalispell international dancing takes a holiday this weekend. Instead, there will be a contra dance at
        the Salvation Army gym, 110 Bountiful Drive. International dancing resumes Saturday Oct. 16, 7 to
        10 p.m., at the Salvation Army gym.
        Eureka will host a contra dance next Saturday, Oct. 16. Tammy Owen sends the following:
        Just want to let you know, and maybe you can pass it along,  We are having a contra dance in Eureka on
        Oct 16.  It will be at High Roads Gym (behind FIrst Interstate Bank.)  It is a fund raiser for the gym
        and area youth.   It includes a pig roast b-b-q dinner with all the fixins, a 50-item auction and a
        contra dance to end the night with.  It will be called by Mr. Handy.  Not sure of his first name at
        this time.  Cost is $15 for whole shebang or 5 for auction and dance (no food). OR $25 for a couple
        or $40 for a whole family (under 5 are free). Anyone want to come up for it, you are welcome!!!
        Should be a great time.

        Mark your calendar for the Hopa Harvest international folk dance weekend in Missoula in two weeks.
        Susan Sweet sends the following details:

        We invite you to join us on October 23 and 24, 2010, to dance and celebrate autumn in Montana under
        the full moon in Lolo.

        Saturday:  Teaching at levels ranging from basic to complex from 1 – 2:30 pm
        DJ’s choice program of dancing (all levels) with opportunities for requests/reviews from 2:30-5:30 pm
        Dinner on site from 6–7 pm
        Request Dancing after dinner until 11 pm

        Sunday: Continental breakfast on site Sunday from 9 am until it’s all gone or noon, whichever comes first.
        Whatever dance format(s) are agreed upon by the survivors present (Teaching/Reviewing/Resurrecting/Requesting)
        from 9 am-noon.

        Shoes with clean, non-abrasive soles for dancing (or bare feet, also with clean, non-abrasive soles).
        This site has a beautiful cushioned maple dance floor.  We need to do no harm to the floor.

        9955 Lolo Creek Road (Hwy 12)   Lolo, MT 59847   (406) 273-0141
        Take Hwy 93 south from Missoula, MT and turn west onto Hwy 12 at Lolo
        Campground is 2.5 miles west of Lolo on Lolo Creek Road (Hwy 12), on left-hand side (south) side of road.
        Website: http://home.bresnan.net/~sqrdance/

        We are planning to host a communal dinner (spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, green salad, bread) and continental
        breakfast (coffee, tea, juice, fruit, yogurt, pastries) at the dance site.  Meatless options will be available.
        Contributions to round out the menu are welcome, especially desert items and snacks.  The contribution of plates,
        cups, and cutlery would also be appreciated. Let us know if you plan to bring something (or if you are looking
        for suggestions) and we will endeavor to fill in any gaps.  Please note that alcoholic beverages are not
        allowed in the dance hall.

        We don’t need an exact head count by any means, but if you could send advance word along the lines of “I/we
        expect that about ___ people from ___ will be there for dinner/breakfast” it would be very helpful as our
        chefs make their supply runs and start collecting pots, kettles or vats for meal preparations.

        As we do not have a large (or even medium sized) group hosting this event, we are not able to offer lots
        of private-home lodging options for the weekend. However, between the 4 of us and a friend of one of us
        we can offer spaces for 2 in a bed, 2 on the couch and up to 4 on the floor in one residence; 2 in a camper
        in Clinton (15 or 20 minutes north of Missoula); 2 on the floor in another home in Missoula. Let us know if
         you’d like to “reserve” one of these spaces and we will try to get you set up with a host.

        Missoula has one hostel that is very inexpensive (about $30 per night), rated highly, and does provide for

        The Days Inn of Lolo (273-2121) is about 5 minutes from the dance site.

        There is no fixed charge for this event.  Donations to help us cover costs will be gratefully accepted and
        greatly appreciated.

        We have a computer loaded with our local international folk music collection.  If you have a favorite
        dance you want to request and are not sure we have it in our collection, please feel free to bring the
        music along on CD or a portable flash drive.

        Please address your estimated participant counts, food item reports/inquiries, and any questions you may
        have about the event to .

        For upcoming regional dance events plus more information on international dancing and links to free music
        and other information, visit the Kalispell International Folk Dancers web site, where you can also find
        playlists from past dances:

        Happy Columbus Day weekend to all!