So, you think you had a great day. Well the OD Shag Club Dance Team had a wonderful and exciting day at Sea Side Elementary School in Surfside South Carolina for their Fine Arts Day.
The OD Shag Dance Team was invited to Sea Side Elementary School by Ruth Van Sciver, Music Educator. We were to dance from 8:20 to 11:15 with 30-minute sessions for students ranging from 6 thru 9 years of age.
We had danced for schools before with 20 to 25 students at a time, so we were ready for this event. We were in the gymnasium when the students marched in. They just kept coming until there were at least 100 students. WOW!
Yes, we taught 100 students at five sessions each and their teachers how to shag. That is 500 students. The students were very well mannered. Well, most of the time. However, we were backed up by some very special teachers that saved the day.
Linda Campbell our spokes person gave a very short history of the Shag Dance for the young students. She then introduced the Dance Team and the students with their high-pitched little voices gave a warm welcome to the Team with a “Hi Mr. Lou” or “Hi Ms. Linda” and so on.
It is amazing how these young students love music and dance. They all wanted to participate of course, until they had to touch each other, then it became a little dicey. Again, we were saved and the dance began. We also had demonstrations from the students as how to do the “floss”.
The teachers this time had to pay attention, because we asked them to dance for their students. They did pay attention because they also did very well with their first lesson. They also asked us to come back and that they would call us for more lessons. There are a lot of people out there that would like to learn how to Shag. And we are going to try to get to them all.
After all was said and done, the day was perfect. We had a great time and a big thank you goes out to the members of the dance team that came out to support the team: Donna Williams, Bill Millman, Lou Martino, Barbara Hopper, Linda Campbell, Lori Setzer and John Setzer.
Photos by Lou Martino
Photos by Lou Martino
Our New Member Social was held on Friday May 10 at 6:00 in the back room of Fat Harold’s. Attendance was very good with 77 people coming out of which 47 were new members. Finger sandwiches, assorted snacks and desserts were provided as well.
To help people to mingle a “match” game was played where each person was given a character name which matched another name. Once you found your match, the idea was to learn facts about your partner and be able to introduce them if requested.
Also, the new members were given numbered tickets and a few prizes were given away. The winners were:
Everyone had a great time getting to know others and sharing experiences.
Photos by Lou Martino
Hello to our valued volunteers,
A BIG THANK YOU!!!!!
No, we are not contacting you to ask you to volunteer again. We are contacting you to say, that because of your incredible efforts, we have sold all of our tickets for 2019! Yes, even though the Board increased the amount of tickets to 3,200, you did it! From Mid-Winter SOS, St.Patty’s Day, and Spring SOS, you were all terrific. We will be depositing over $16,000 for the Club (including some small contributions.) We know you would have rather enjoyed more time watching parades or enjoying SOS, and we know that selling, took some of you out of your comfort zone. This makes all of you even more special. While at times it is not easy getting people to volunteer, many of you volunteered for more than one shift and more than one event, and we sure appreciated it.
Some of you volunteered as a group so we’re missing their email address. Please forward this email to them.
Enjoy your summer, especially knowing you will not be receiving any more emails from us!
Take care, and again… THANK YOU!
Year Theme Category Finish
2009 St. Dance Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2010 Back to the 50’s Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2011 Cupid Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2012 Salute to the Troops Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2013 Pontoon Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2014 Magic Kingdom Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2015 Greatest Show on Earth Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2016 Happy Trails Best Shag Troop 1stPlace
2017 Thriller Best Shag Theme 1stPlace
2018 Once Upon a Time Most Original 1stPlace
2019 A Little Party Never Most Original 1stPlace
Never Killed Nobody
As you can see from above list, the ODSC definitely has a winning tradition. The above are just the ones that I have records for, but I do know that there were at least 5 more years of 1stplace wins prior to 2009.
Once again thanks to the creativity, enthusiasm, and hard work of our members, we were able to keep the winning tradition going.
Our theme this year was “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”. Even though this is true, many of us thought the heat would kill us before the parade was finished.
Many thanks to our “banner carriers”. They have carried our banner for several years, but this year they actually pulled a large invitation. Their costumes were great and they are great representatives of the ODSC. I am not sure if they can ever top their last year’s costumes of the Little Red “Bill” Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf “Donna”, but we are looking forward to what they come up with next year.
Our dance troop did an outstanding job and danced the entire parade. Dancing that far in the heat was really tough, but they made it look easy. They put in many hours of practice prior to the parade to make sure they were synchronized and the results were worth it. The purpose of an entry into the parade is to entertain the crowd. I hear many compliments after the parade about how great the dancers performed.
The float was rocking the entire parade and everyone on it was partying. Special thanks to our DJ/Conductor and the trumpet players. I didn’t realize how tired my arms would be after holding up a plastic trumpet and pretending to play during the whole parade.
The golf carts were outstanding! We put the basic “Model T” frame on the carts during the work day and everyone took them home and made them unique with lots of special touches. They were extremely creative! Everyone was dressed to the theme and each cart was very unique.
I would like to thank all of those who put in the hard work necessary to pull all of this together. Much gratitude for those that participated in the workday, those that helped put the float together Saturday and even more thanks for those that help dismantle the float after the parade. Last but in no way least, I could not do this without my better half, Monica. She keeps me on track and organized.
If you did not participate this year, you missed a lot of fun. The work and effort are well worth it if compared to the fun and satisfaction of doing something together as a club.
Hope to see you participate in next year’s 1stPlace team.!
Photos by Lou Martino
Hello OD Shag Club members and welcome to May, 2019. WOW! Spring has finally arrived at North Myrtle Beach! Everything is green and the birds and the bees are busily going about their primary business which, of course, is making more birds and bees.
Not only are we having beautiful weather, but Spring SOS is here and we have a smorgasbord of bands, DJs, and singers bringing us the best Beach and Shag Music you can find anywhere! I hope everyone is enjoying the weather and the music right here in North Myrtle Beach!
Please don’t forget the SOS Parade on Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m. on Main Street and our monthly business and board meeting on May 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the back room of Fat Harold’s. New members are invited to our New Member Social at 6:00 p.m. on May 10th in the back room of Fat Harold’s. The Share A Shag Step (SASS) will be Tuesday, May 14th also in the back room of Fat Harold’s at 6:00 p.m. I hope as many of you as possible will come to our Cookout at Saville’s on May 18th at 6:00 p.m.
By the way, you may want to note that our parties are normally held on the 3rd Saturday of the month and they normally start at 6:00 p.m. and our business meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month and they also start at 6:00 p.m. Of course, occasionally there are exceptions, such as when the first Tuesday is on New Year’s Day!
I hope to see as many of you as possible out at these events.
Photos by Lou Martino
Another great morning at the OD Shag Club Spring Safari Brunch. It was a terrific way to start off another super beach morning with the bright sunshine, lots of wonderful good morning smiles from special friends, delicious food, and awesome music across the street from the beach. What in the world could top all of this?
With 317 in attendance including 28 guest and 7 from the Junior Shagger community we began with some great dancing by our Junior Shaggers to show us how it is done these days. They did an awesome job and then pulled some lucky people up to share the dance floor with. Good job everyone. From there we received a welcome, a few messages and a blessing by our President Bill Bacon. Everyone waited to see what color ticket would be called first for the lucky people who would be fed first. Murl Augustine entertained us with great music while we waited. When the color was called, the rush was on for a filling breakfast of eggs, delicious bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits and fruit and it was topped off by our famous happy punch. As the remaining colors were called, it was obvious that everyone was delighted with everything. Thanks to Kathy and Terry McCoy, Paulette Miller, Wendy Schultz, their crew, the serving volunteers and to OD Arcade personnel who all worked hard to make this ANOTHER great event. Also thanks to the hospitality committee workers who did such a great job of keeping up with sign ins and information.
Wayne and Sue provided us with new items for Sale from our Ways and Means committee. A special thanks to Sue for all the sewing she did herself. Check out the tent during SOS for great products. Thanks go also to their helpers. Job well done.
Our 50/50 volunteers sold $758 of tickets. Of that one lucky winner went home with half. The Juniors were given $379.00 from the club and another $281 from the floor bringing their total to $600. Thanks to all purchasers and donators for being so generous. Thanks to our volunteers for the raffle.
To the volunteers who set up and cleaned up before and after the event thanks for being early risers and late stayers. To our photographer Lou-you allow us to have a look back of a great way to start a day at NMB Spring Safari.
Last but not least, thanks to the Golf cart ticket committee for the special smiles and greetings they gave everyone upon arriving and leaving.
WHAT AN AWESOME SUCCESSFUL MORNING!
Photos by Lou Martino