Barn dances bring back memories, smiles

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The country-dance at the Hayden Granary was well anticipated by my daughter. We pulled up in front of the old building, and it was already dark. We greeted a few friends on our way in. They informed us that the DJ was really good and only played country music (it was a country barn dance after all).

As we walked up the stairs and peeked in, we saw the dance floor and then to the right in the rectangle room, there were tables and chairs with lots of people occupying them. The room was decorated with white lights that gave off a romantic country feel.

We headed to the back of the room where there was an empty table. There were quite a few people there, but only a handful of kids around my daughter’s age. Thank goodness her friends from Walden had come, or there wouldn’t have been many boys her age to dance with.

A few parents and I had talked about the dances we attended when we were growing up. Like the dances in Browns Park, which still happen twice a year. Entire families would go. Kids and adults would enjoy a great time dancing together. When the kids got tired, they would just fall asleep on the floor or on a bench, but the adults kept going. Back then, there weren’t separate dances for kids and adults, and it worked pretty well. Kids learned how to dance and how to have a great time with their family.

These monthly dances at The Hayden Granary are very much like that. It certainly didn’t last as long, but it was a lot of fun to participate in. The participants sure can dance to all the dances; two steps, waltzes, swing and even a few line dances. Getting out there and seeing kids doing all the amazing swing moves with flips and twirls is a lot of fun. It’s also fun seeing all ages getting out and dancing together to dances like the Cotton-Eyed Joe.

The Community Barn Dances are held monthly throughout the summer from 8 to 11 p.m. If you don’t know how to dance, show up at 7 p.m. and they will go through some basic moves with you before the dance begins at 8 p.m. The next one is during Hayden Daze, Saturday, July 20. In August during Railroad Days, the dance will be Saturday, Aug. 10. The last one is Saturday, Sept. 28. There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend. Dates are subject to change. For more information please call 970-276-4250.

High School Only teen dances are also sponsored through Grand Futures of Routt County. All you need to go is a high school identification card and $2. These dances also start at 8 p.m. but end at midnight. The future dates for those are on Fridays, June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23.

When the night came to an end, we told our friends goodbye and talked about how we couldn’t wait to see them at the next dance. There was a smile on everyone’s face and as I looked at my daughter, I was happy she would have these barn dance memories to take with her.

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Stephanie Pearce

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