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Duluth Square Dance Association Shindig 1975

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From the Sept. 7, 1975, Duluth News Tribune; photos by Charles Curtis.

This is how some of more than 1,000 square dancers looked from the top of the scoreboard in the Duluth Arena Saturday. The terpsichoreans, from a five-state region and Canada, are here through today for Shindig ’75, sponsored by the Duluth Square Dance Association.

Duluth Square Dance Association Shindig 1976

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This clip is from the Sept. 10, 1976, Duluth News-Tribune; photo by Joey McLeister.

Duluth Square Dance Association members let it all out as they prepare for participation in Shindig 1976–Duluth, the third annual square and round dance festival fast becoming a traditional event in the city. Dancing times are from 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. today in the Duluth Arena, and the action continues from 9 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge.

Get your square dance on

Thank you for all your input in the previous article.  We will be hosting 4 fourth Monday square dances at the All American Club. The first one will be…

Monday, Aug 22: 7 pm cocktails and sound check, 7:30-9:30 dancing

All dances will be taught. It’s helpful to listen to instructions, but no previous experience is necessary. And if you get stuff wrong, it’s still a lot of fun.

Live music provided by the All-American String Band (Tom, Brandy, Sarah, Clancy and Adam K-not shown)

Calling provided by Tom and Sarah.

Square Dance Input Request

I just attended my first Monday Night Square Dance in Minneapolis and want to build a similar event in Duluth. I am asking PDD for input on location or other thoughts.

To get an idea of what I’m after, please watch this…

This event shall…

  • be in a location which serves alcohol
  • be on a weeknight (probably 7-9pm)
  • have a bucket where people will be encouraged to deposit $5 for the band and caller (if the bar doesn’t give us a %age)

I have access to talented musicians and callers, I just need to figure out how to fly this and would like your input on what atmosphere would entice Duluthians to attend such an event.

Initially, I thought of Carmody Irish Pub, but I feel it’s a little dark and I’d rather be somewhere that has Pabst on tap.

So, next I thought of Thirsty Pagen – they don’t have Pabst on tap, but they have the Miller mural which is almost as good. Downside is that they’re pretty booked on weeknights and probably wouldn’t be keen on moving tables out of that main room.

Then, I thought of Mohaupt Block, but we won’t be able to afford hall rental fees and I’m not sure how to serve booze there.

Is there some diamond-in-the-rough West End or Superior bar with a good room/atmosphere for my event?

Square Dance ABC hosted by Harbor Squares Square Dance Club

Square Dance ABC is a way to introduce square dancing to the public — no experience necessary, no special attire. Bring your friends, bring your group! Singles and couples are welcomed.

The dances will be held Saturdays, Aug. 7, 21, and 28, from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., Duluth. Cost is $5 per person. For more info call 218-728-2270, or email harborsquares @ gmail.com.