Monthly Archives: December 2017

20181217 Christmas Families

Christmas Families

by

Karen Young

 

This year, the OD Shag Club sponsored 8 kids from four families for Christmas. The club donated $850 and the dance team added another $505 to make this a wonderful Christmas for these families. The Fifth Avenue group again donated a boy’s bicycle and accessories for one of our needy kids. Cindy Day, Cassie Shumway and Karen Young did all the shopping and were able to get almost everything on the kid’s wish lists. Each child got at least two new outfits and toys from their wish lists. Cindy, Cassy and Karen wrapped all the gifts.

The food that was donated at the Christmas Party was sorted Sunday morning at Rich and Karen’s home. 13 members showed up to help divide up the food for the four families. The money donated was used to buy turkeys, hams and other perishables for each family.

Monday morning, Terry McCoy, Glenn Strange and Rich and Karen Young delivered the food and gifts to Riverside Elementary School. Thanks to all who donated either food or money to help make this a special Christmas for these families.

Don and Judy Thomas also donated a girl’s bike which will be given to another child from the school that needs one.

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Photos by Lou Martino

20171216 Christmas Party

Christmas Party

by

Terry McCoy

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Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their help and support this year. The Christmas party turned out really great and we had a large crowd. Donnie and all his helpers did a great job   preparing the meal for us it was fantastic. Everyone did a great job bringing can food or donating cash for our needy families.  We had plenty of food and cash thank you dance team for your cash donation. We gave away a 25-dollar gift card for bringing food or cash donation. The winner of the drawing was Becky Roberts congratulations. I hope everyone enjoyed the party as much as I did. Happy holidays to everyone see you next year.

Photos by Lou Martino

20171214 St James Elementary

St James Elementary School Groovy Grandparents Art Day

by 

Lou Martino

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The OD Shag Club Dance Team was asked to demonstrate and instruct at St James Elementary School Groovy Grandparents Art Day, December 14, 2017.

Their groovy grandparents’ art day demonstrated how to paint with water colors. The grandparents and their grandkids learned how to paint step by step. It was interesting to see on a large screen how each step of the painting developed. Of course, the dance team was invited to paint.

During their intermission, the dance team was to demonstrate and instruct the Shag Dance to the grandparents with their grandkids. Everyone in the gymnasium participated. What an enthusiastic group and we look forward to seeing future junior shagger in this group.

After Linda Campbell introduced the dance team, we instructed and danced for approximately 30 minutes. It was a true pleasure seeing the smiles on the grandkids and how each family member interacted with each other. We had several grandparents interested in taking the Shag Dance to the next level. Many grands wanted to know how they could get more involved in the dance. Everyone had a great time.

Thanks to Kayleigh Vanlandingham for inviting the Dance Team back from last year. She has also scheduled the dance team to demonstrate and instruct for the students next year 2018.

Thanks to the dance team members that showed up for this event: Bill Millman, Diane Millman, Lenny Gardner, John Setzer, Lori Setzer, Barbara Hopper, Linda Campbell, and Lou Martino.

See you next year St James Elementary School.

Photos by Lou Martino

20171204 Manor Christmas

Myrtle Beach Manor Christmas

by

Linda Campbell

On Monday, December 4, 2017, OD Shag Club members started arriving at the Myrtle Beach Manor around 5:30pm excited for our Annual Christmas party for the residents. We ALWAYS look forward to this event each year.

Joe Ferlauto had a full agenda planned from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The evening began with Emcee John Harris introducing four of our own Junior Shaggers to dance. All the songs that were to be danced were Chrismas Shag Songs. WOW! Those Juniors could really “let it go” and showed us some of their fancy moves.

Next, were the members of the OD Shag Club Dance Team and they filled the floor dancing to “Santa Meet Me with Your Red Suit On” and “Rockin Santa Man”. They showed their fancy footwork also which was quite impressive, since the youngest member is around 60 and the olders at 96. Way to go Dance Team!!

Again, this year, the three “L’s” in this case for this event, the three “Elves”, Linda Campbell, Lenny Gardner, and Lou Martino did their trio dance, which is always entertaining.

Showcasing their dancing skills and talents were Mike and Bonnie Bejzak to the tune of “Call Me Claus”. They were great especially since Mike had just had double knee replacement less than six months ago. Great job Mike and Bonnie!

Next came our favorite part of the show, where the women of our club put beautiful Christmas pins on the lady residents of the manor, as the members of the club distribute punch and cookies to the music of traditional Christmas carols being played in the background by Chair Joe Ferlauto.

The smiles on the faces of all the residents began to light up the room and one could tell that they were having a wonderful time.

Our favorite joke teller, Lenny Gardner, shared some of his humor by telling a few jokes keeping the residents and members laughing along with him.

Always a favorite Paul Craver came and sang several songs, including his Mother’s favorite song “Make the world go away” and each resident enjoyed listening to them all. The dancing continued with Bill and Sheila Seymour, National Dance constestants, dancing again this year to a favorite Shag song “Cant Take the Pressure”. As in the past, Great job Bill and Sheila!

All of a sudden, we were taken back in time to the Theme Song of the Mickey Mouse Club announcing the entrance of the lovable Mickey and Minnie Mouse (aka Lou Martino and Linda Campbell). Mickey and Minnie began mingling with the residents as they sang traditional Christmas carols such as “Frosty” and “Rudolph”.

But, WAIT, WHAT to our wandering eyes should appear? But a jolly old man, with round little belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl for of jelly…. YEP it was SANTA CLAUSE and his little helper Christmas Carol!

As Santa waived and heard the wishes of the residents, the members of the club passed out beautiful poinsettias for each resident’s room. What a delight it was to watch them with Santa and Christmas Carol.

Mickey and Minnie then joined Santa and Christmas Carol again and members of the OD Shag Club to end the night singing a few more carols and then ending the night with our traditional song of “God Bless America”

Thank you to all of the OD Shag Club members who all dressed up in their festive attire and accessories. But most of all our gratefulness to Joe Ferlauto, Chairperson, who worked so hard to prepare this wonderful event.

I close with these words, which reflect the whole evening: “May this Christmas season bring you special moments and Happy memories and always BELIEVE in the MAGIC of Christmas!”

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Photos by Jim Livingston

20171201 Presidents Letter

I can’t believe that this year has gone by so quickly. It has been my pleasure to have served as the President of this OD Shag Club.  I want to give special thanks to all the Board Members, Committee Chairs and all the volunteers for their hard work without your support and help I would not have been able to do my job as President. I also would like to thank all the members of the OD Shag Club for having confidence in me to serve as your President. I hope to see everyone at our Christmas Party which will be my last event of the year. Please don’t forget to bring can goods or cash to the Christmas Party that we will be collecting for our needy families.

20171202 Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade

by

Billy Powell

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Bright lights, great music, friends, food, libations and fun!  All of these were to be had at the NMB Christmas Parade.  The OD Shag Club had 53 participants and we were led down Main Street by the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, also known as Lou Martino and Linda Campbell.  We had Elves, Snowmen, Sleighs, Stars, Christmas Trees, Penguins, Reindeer, Presents, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy and Minions!

The carts were decorated beautifully and the OD Shag Club was one of the 99 entries in this year’s parade.  Virtually, every entry was lighted and so I think we should rename it the NMB Electrical Light Parade. 

The ODSC threw out beads this year instead of candy and it was extremely popular!  All the kids were calling out for us to throw them beads.  It seemed to be a hit!  If you were part of the parade this year, thank you and I hope you had as good a time as I did.  If not, think about joining us next year!