History of the
National Square Dance Conventions®
8th National Square Dance Convention®
43rd National Square Dance Convention®
Miriam and George Nichols
|Shirley and Don White|
The Denver Square Dance Souvenir Program was dedicated to the late Pappy Shaw in tribute, who attended the last year’s National Convention in Louisville and was a strong supporter of each National.
Dorothy Shaw, widow of the late Lloyd “Pappy” Shaw, penned the Welcome Letter in the front of the printed program which follows.
“WELCOME TO COLORADO,
friends with the dancing feet!
100 Years Ago by the sands of Cherry Creek
and the boulders of the Gregory Gulch,
in Denver and Black Hawk, in Golden and Fairplay,
pioneers with dancing feet traced the rough boards
of primitive floors with the same patterns you will be
dancing tonight … under Colorado’s same clear stars!
Go as they did, beneath her blue skies,
to seek the first flowers against the
snow banks of the mountain passes.
Trudge the streets of beautiful Denver,
as they did shopping her fine stores
that were once so simple and crude.
Greet each other as they did, in the pure
pioneer spirit…friendly, helpful, gay and kind.
Shout with joy as they did, upon meeting
some unexpected crony in this outlandish place.
May you have three golden days to cherish forever.
Dorothy Shaw and Fred Bergin
Lloyd Shaw Recordings, Inc.
P. O. Box 203, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The City of Portland became very enthusiastic about the possibility of 20,000 dancers visiting their city, and gave unyielding support to all requests of the Whites’ committee. The Portland Oregon Visitors Association had been contacted early in 1987 and fulfilled their commitment to the last day of the convention in 1994. Their Director of Sales, Mike Smith, was an invaluable asset to the committee and the convention, and Mike became every square dancer’s friend.
The committee had two main objectives for the convention to achieve: make the dancers want Oregon to bid to host a future convention because they had a good time, and encourage all Oregon dancers to attend their first National Square Dance Convention hosted by Oregon. Preliminary planning progressed smoothly, appointments were being made in a timely fashion, and dancers throughout the state were both excited and committed. Then plans started going awry.
A news article appeared on television announcing the erecting of the new Blazer Arena in the early spring of 1992. A flurry of phone calls to the Coliseum to determine just how this would affect floor space for the convention was thoroughly confusing as no one seemed to know the proposed date of beginning construction. (Ed. Note - In the end, the coliseum was completed on time. Order a Memories Book to read the whole story)
The committee was quite excited to book Charley Pride to be the featured entertainer at the Wednesday “special event.” A FAX was received from Pride’s booking agent stating that he had agreed to appear and the contract would be forthcoming for signatures 12 months prior to performance date. Registration forms were printed listing the Charley Pride Special Event, confident that plans were secure. Alas! A better offer was made by a theatre in Branson, Missouri, which was more appealing to Charley, and he’s still drawing big crowds there. The committee sought a replacement, and Ronnie Milsap was scheduled. Everyone enjoyed the Milsap performance—the second problem was solved.
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