By Benjamin Cohn
Leicester – Neither lightning nor the threat of rain could deter area residents Saturday night when they gathered at Sandy Mush’s community center for the town’s annual music and square dance fundraising event.
The event was attended mostly by families, many with small children. Some guests chose to dress up while most wore casual wear.
Admission cost five dollars, while paying seven dollars entitled the guest to a “homemade chili meal (including chili, bread, drink and dessert),” according to the event’s webpage. Also sold at the event were tickets for what they called an “artisan raffle,” featuring handmade items including a quilt, pottery lamp, broom and wood-crafted mirror.
Food was served first, as guests made their way through the interior of the building, finding serving trays and plates of desserts to choose from. On the menu that night was homemade chili featuring local, grass-fed beef, according to the community center’s website.
After eating, the event truly got into full swing. The dance floor was cleared and positions were marked out in a circle for the cakewalk. Paying just a dollar entered you in the cakewalk, in which winners were decided at random based on where guests ended up around the circle.
Paying another five dollars entered you in the raffle drawing, giving a chance to win one of the five items up for grabs.
Finally, the Stoney Creek Boys broke out into song and the dancing began in earnest. Directions were called out in place of song lyrics to help guide those who didn’t know the dance steps. Children, elders and parents danced back and forth, swapping partners, thoroughly enjoying themselves in this old-fashioned mountain tradition.
Old friends reunited for warmth, sustenance and good cheer on Saturday night in Sandy Mush’s community center for the town’s annual dancing and fundraiser event.