YEARS AGO, when towns were small and entertainment was scarce, folks gathered to square-dance in barns, churches, businesses or homes.
It was a way of getting to know new neighbors, to celebrate plantings and harvests, and a way for young folks to meet others and court.
Times have changed. Now, we have movies and bowling, roller-skating and dance clubs, videos, television and more.
But twice a month folks gather in Finksburg to meet others and dance in a manner similar to the square dances of olden days.
From 7: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Carroll County's Pam Kraemer leads circle dancing at Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists, 2912 Club House Road, Finksburg.
The building, once used as a clubhouse for Congoleum employees, is large and airy -- perfect for dancing.
Circle dances are simple dances from around the world. Some dances are slow and meditative, while others are lively and fast-paced. Many were once used regionally for celebrations. Partners are not necessary.
"No experience is needed for new circle dancers," said Dan Bridgewater, one of the organizers.
Each dance is taught before the session begins.
Unlike international folk dancing, circle dancing incorporates contemporary music and choreography -- a mix of old and new.
Circle dancing, which comes from Europe, has become popular in New England and on the West Coast.
No admission is charged but donations are accepted. Call Kraemer, (410) 751-9546.
Farm museum additions
Something old, something new Carroll County Farm Museum, known for its outstanding re-creation of life in the late 1800s, soon will have two new features, thanks to generous donations from two local businesses.
A picturesque croquet court will be added to the museum's landscape. The court, surrounded by 40 Nellie Stevens holly bushes, is being provided by Martin K. Hill Landscaping of Manchester. The company will provide labor, equipment and material for installing the bushes.
Ross Bair, a Horticulture Club representative, will assist in the project.
Wal-Mart of Westminster has provided an environmental grant to the museum to create a fish pond near the museum's windmill.
Money for this project was raised during a recent two-day carnival at Wal-Mart in Westminster. Wal-Mart's home office has agreed to match the money raised at the carnival.
In an effort to keep our young folks healthy and up-to-date with their shots, the Westminster Kiwanis is sponsoring "Shots for Tots" at Cranberry Mall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 18.
Free shots for children will include those for tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella and the hepatitis B immunization. The service is free but donations will be accepted.
Pub Date: 8/19/96