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Washington Fiddlers Project Panel Discussion

This is an edited transcript of the panel discussion at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunesl, Port Townsend, Washington, July 2, 1986, as a part of the Washington Fiddlers Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and initially administered by Centrum Foundation. A version of this previously was published in The Washboard, the…

Lucky Strike cigarettes - commercial

Television commercial featuring animated cigarettes doing square dance figures, with caller's patter describing the cigarette's many virtues.

Square Dance in advertisements

These magazine ads, mostly from the late 1940s and early 1950s, illustrate the widespread presence of square dance in American popular culture. Beech-Nut chewing gum Life April 21, 1952beer (beverage of moderation) McCall's September, 1952Brach's candy Life October 13, 1952Coca-Cola Life October 27, 1962Dexo (Square Dance Party Cake) 1950Ford Life…

Polly Wolly Doodle (clip) - Gene Gowing

This dance uses the familiar children's song as the basis for a singing square. It's unclear whether caller Gene Gowing is singing the song at the beginning; the quality of the voice certainly differs from Gowing's delivery of the calls.

Glenn Pease - dance posters

Two posters advertising dances called by Orford, NH, caller Glenn Pease. (He did spell his name with "nn," despite one of the posters.) The Huntington Pavilion poster dates from 1946; that dance venue no longer operates. The Painted Barn poster is from the 1960s; dances in Wentworth, NH, continue with caller Lester Bradley. A search for him on this…

Women Callers - article

Article presumably written by Bob Osgood, describing the challenges and opportunities for women square dance callers

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Osa Mathews - patter

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Marie Hawes - patter

For more information, see the exhibit on women callers in modern square dance.

Jeanne Moody - patter

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Maria - Gloria Rios Roth

Gloria Rios Roth calling a singing call at a dance in New England in 1960.

Gloria Rios Roth - patter

Gloria Rios Roth calling the patter half of a tip at a dance in New England in 1960.

It's a Small World - Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie

Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie calling a singing call from a live-recording tape made at a dance in the early years of the 21st Century.

Linda Sue - Beulah Samec

Beulah Samec calling a singing call at a dance at the Newton Pavilion in Newton, NH in 1960.

Betsy Gotta - patter

Betsey Gotta Callng a MWSD Mainstream Patter call.

Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls: The Square Dances and Calling of Jerry Goodwin

Larry Edelman produced this video in 1987 while studying square dance calling with Jerry Goodwin. The apprenticeship was supported by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Recorded at the Prosperity Fire Hall in western Pennsylvania the video features Jerry Goodwin calling with the Mountain Express (Chuck Monticello,…