Thursday, February 23, 2012

Winging our way through winter

The Mad Robins have been busy this winter!  Our 4th Friday dance series started its third year in January - we have settled into a consistent space in the 1st Congregational Church hall on South Winooski Ave., in Burlington.  The new year has brought several new additions to our happy nest: we welcome Lydia Reese, Darren Schibler and Robin Wilke as our newest callers (finally, a Robin named Robin!).  Lydia and Robin received their official pins last month and Darren will soon!  We are attempting to hold regular practice sessions on third Wednesdays - let us know if you'd like to attend and we'll send you the details (e-mail

Brian plays a fanfare for
our newest members
We are also pleased to announce that Brian Perkins, local  treasured musician is now coordinating musicians for our regular dances.  We are honored to provide an arena for Brian to explore and foster new collaborations in our local music community.  Since joining us this winter he has gone above and beyond - besides providing musical direction Brian contributes to the over all operation of the dance series as well as hauling (sometimes by bicycle!) and running the sound system every month.  This January he was instrumental (no pun intended) in helping the Robins prepare for a special family dance we put on for the church.    Hooray for Brian!

Of course, some Robins must fly away.  Hannah Goodwin and Eliza Arsenault have both moved south (Hannah to Boston, Eliza to Montpelier) but what a happy reunion we had this month at the Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs where the two of them were calling with Vermont's own troupe of teenage musicians The Irregulars.  They did a great job.  Look out - more Mad Robins are sure to be flocking to the Flurry in years to come.  With Eliza gone we needed a new treasurer.  Thank goodness for Eric Garza who has bravely stepped up to the task.  Eric deftly directs our finances and paperwork all with a smile.  Don't know what we'd do without him.

So there's our Collective news.  Next up: Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon join Brian for our February 24th dance (come find out who their special guests will be!).  See you there!

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