August 10, 2008

TAWS CASINO HOEDOWN 27 May 03 Jun 2008

This event was convened at Casino, in Northern N.S.W. and was an official part of the Casino Beef Week Festival. Our co-hosts for this event were CMCA Casino Village Ltd., and Casino Willi Whirlers Square Dance Club

Program At A Glance
27 May Meet n Greet evening
28 May BBQ Dinner/Dance
29 May Beef Week Gala Opening Dinner /Show
30 May Summerland Larrikins Alstonville
31 May Square Dance Demo –Street Parade
31 May TAWS Dinner Dance

25 caravans/motorhomes, (i.e. 50 TAWS members), assembled  at the CMCA Casino Village for the TAWS Casino Hoedown/Beef Week Festival .How pleasing it was to have every state in Australia represented at this, the first official TAWS event.
Whilst we encountered some inclement weather during the week it did not dampen the enthusiasm of our members and we can report the event as a resounding success.

Meet n Greet
This was an informal event convened in the village “Clubhouse” and comprised nibbles, light dinner, tea/coffee (catered by the village caterers) and BYO drinks. This was essentially a get to know each other evening, with many tales both true and perhaps not so true being exchanged, but importantly meeting new people all with the common goal of having fun while square  dancing.
Welcome speeches were given by Wilma Flannery (a long time resident of Casino) and of course our co-host for the week and Mal Parrington, the attending TAWS National Co-ordinator and event organiser.
The evening concluded with a couple of brackets of square dancing presented by Wilma.

BBQ/Dinner Dance (Casual attire)
At 6.00pm approximately 60 dancers attended a BYO drinks at the Village camp kitchen and thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant rustic surrounds and company of each other.
The BBQ was followed at 8.00pm by the Casino Willi Whirlers Square Dance club dance night, which was re located to the “Village Clubhouse” for the one night only. This proved to be a very enjoyable night, again conducted by Wilma with guest calls from Carol, (Casino Willi Whirlers) and Paula, (Activ-Ates SDC, Victoria).

Beef Week Gala Opening Dinner/Show
On the evening of 29 May, 42 square dancers from TAWS, Casino and Alstonville attended the Beef Week Gala Opening Dinner and Show at the Casino RSM Club.  TAWS members were formally welcomed by the Chairman of the Beef Week Committee in his opening speech. A most scrumptious meal was enjoyed by all followed by a dinner show with the 2008 Golden Guitar recipients, The McClymonts.

Summerland Larrikins
This evening, 39TAWS members travelled by coach from Casino Village to Alstonville (45kms) to attend the Summerland Larrikins club dance. This was a wonderful night and it was followed by one heck of a supper catered as only these country people know how; needless to say most diets went out the door. A great night was had by all and the hospitality of the local folks was superb.

Square Dance Demonstration/ Street Parade
Well Saturday commenced with a free monster breakfast, compliments of the Beef Week Festival. This reinforced the fact that Casino is known as the Veal Capital of Australia, and indeed, that it is.
From 10.30am to midday was a square dance demonstration on an outdoor stage in the main street of Casino. Unfortunately due to inclement weather this event was forced indoors at the Casino RSM club.
The afternoon saw Mother Nature shine upon us all and many dancers and some vehicles joined in the street parade under the Willi Whirlers and Nthn NSW Square Dance Association and TAWS Banners.

TAWS Dinner Dance
Some 60 TAWS, Willi Whirlers and Summerland Larrikins members attended the TAWS Dinner Dance at the Casino Village Clubhouse.
We were treated to pre dinner nibbles and a 2 course dinner which was enjoyed by all.  During the dinner Wilma and Mal welcomed all and had a few words to say about the event.
From 8.00pm, Wilma provided us all with a great night of square dancing at both Plus and Mainstream levels. The emphasis was on fun; and indeed, fun was had by all.
This evening was the conclusion of the official dance program for the Festival.

01 – 03 June 2008
The above period saw some folks attend more of the Beef Week events including markets, Clydesdale working horse show, Bush Poets competition final and everyone’s favourite vet Dr. Harry.
Also during this period folks packed up to move on to Brisbane and other locations.

This event can only be described as a resounding success and in closing, one must express sincere gratitude for the untiring effort provided by Wilma Flannery in liaising with the CMCA Casino Village and Casino Beef Week authorities on our behalf.
On behalf of TAWS I also express thanks to all the dancers who attended this event
This report prepared and distributed by Mal Parrington (Event Organiser)


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