HARRY SMITH LIKES to repeat a saying that is popular with fellow square dancers: "Square dancing is either a dying folk art or the best-kept secret of the '90s."
If it is a secret, he is willing to share it and invites everyone to see the Friendship Squares in action at the Maryland State Fairgrounds this week. Also, plan to take square dance lessons in September in Linthicum.
Smith and his wife, Cathy, have been members of the Friendship Squares for nine years and share the presidency.
The Linthicum club will perform on the main stage in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fair from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Square dancing is something people remember from school days and don't think about for themselves now, but many active people would enjoy it if they gave it a try, Smith said.
"We thought we'd try it. We went to the first lesson, the second, and then we were hooked," he said, describing how he and his wife got started.
"It's great, especially for men," he said, "I don't have to worry about the choreography. It's easy. I just do what the caller tells me to do."
He said dancers make many friends in the club and enjoy giving dance demonstrations and taking trips together.
The club holds two dances a month, on the third Friday from 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Linthicum Elementary School and on the first Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m., location to be announced.
The Friendship Squares, the largest group in the area with more than 100 members, is celebrating its 25th year.
Members invite everyone to join in the fun of square dancing and offer lessons each Wednesday through May at Linthicum Elementary School.
The first class, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 18, is free. A small fee is charged for subsequent classes.
C7 For additional information, call Smith at 768-3302.
Garden club to meet
The Ferndale Garden Club is having a meeting and covered dish potluck dinner at 6: 30 p.m Tuesday at the home of member Marge Dishman.
"Introducing an Absolutely Terrific New Year" is the theme for the evening.
Everyone will be introduced to the workshops, tours, guest speakers and demonstrations the club has outlined for the year.
Officers have been working on the agenda all summer and invite interested persons to join.
R.S.V.P.'s are requested. Please call 766-5654.
Pub Date: 8/25/96