All about TOWN

with Mary Jayne

Alger County offered a unique opportunity recently for those wanting to go back in time and enjoy a fun evening with an old-fashioned barn dance in the real setting. Alger County Communities That Care, a group of multiple local organizations and resources that foster youth development and help prevent teen suicide, hosed this free event at the MSU North Barn in Chatham. Granny Fox and the Farmhand Band and caller Jo Foley led the way for dancers and spectators enjoy a great evening of music and dance. (Photo by Mary Jayne Hallifax)
Another highlight was a show put on by the Morris Dancers from Marquette displaying an educational form of English folk dance dating back to the 15th century. A corn hole tournament, hayrides, Carberry’s Pizza and a cake/pie auction was also part of the event. My daughter, who is one of the musicians in the band, and no doubt most that attended, agree that life doesn’t get much better than this. It’s a sense of community and what really matters in life, somewhat mirroring an episode of “The Waltons,” for those familiar with that television series. (Photo by Mary Jayne Hallifax)
This somewhat reminds me way back when my husband and I joined a local square dance club led by Norma and El Harger. We sure had some good times in those early days. (Photo by Mary Jayne Hallifax)


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