Square Dancin’ For Tree Tappin’

Get friends and family on the floor for a tree-mendous time you’ll never forget!

Roll away, half sashay, star promenade and separate!

Don’t know what that all means? Don’t worry, all will be taught and fancied during the 25th annual old-fashioned square dance to celebrate Geauga Park District tappin’ season.

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Silver Anniversary Tree Tapper’s Ball will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market (Route 422), Parkman Township.

If you square danced in middle school or junior high, now’s a good time to thank your old gym teacher for making you hold hands and dance with members of the opposite sex, Senior Naturalist Dan Best joked. “It’s the most fun dance west of the Appalachians!” declares Bob Smakula, a professional instrument repairman and champion string musician from Elkins, West Virginia, who has called 22 of the past 24 balls.

square dancing

The Tree Tapper’s Ball has always featured live old-time string music. Past bands have included Buddy Sap and the Sour Notes, Hotcake Hank and the Griddle-Greasers, Lost Sausage Lou and the Missing Links, Eddie and the Evaporators and the Maple Town Tune Maulers. This year, the Wild Spiles are tuning up to provide rip-snortin’ old-time string band music on fiddle, claw hammer, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass. Old-time string music descends from British, Scotch, and Irish traditions with regional variations in North America, with the Tree Tapper’s Ball tending to be a bit more southern in flavor, Dan added. Instrumentation registers in many people’s minds as “bluegrass,” which is derived from old-time music mixed with blues and country ballads.

Steps will combine Appalachian-style square and New England-style line dances (though not Western-style costumed square dancing or modern country line dancing). And last year plenty of smiles and laughter could also be seen and heard with fumbled allemande lefts, mis-stepped promenades and swings lost to centrifugal force – it’s all part of the fun!

square dancing

Registration is open for this popular free event, limited to eight per registering party online, school age or older, or by calling 440-286-9516. Dancing is upstairs at Parkman Community House, which is not equipped with a ramp or elevator. Don’t be a square – dress casually. We’re laid back and ready to enjoy the evening together in Parkman.

Want a few other ways to celebrate tree-tapping season? Mark these programs on your calendar – Sap’s-A-Risin’ on Sundays, March 3, 10 and 17; and Maple Madness Tours on Saturdays, March 9 and 16, and Sundays, March 10 and 17. Learn more at Geauga Park District’s website.

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