May 2024 – Footnotes Front Page


PCDC’s Annual Member Appreciation Picnic is coming your way on June 29, 2024—save the date!

In this issue…

  • Save the date for the PCDC Member Appreciation Picnic! The annual PCDC member appreciation picnic is coming up on Saturday, June 29th—click here for more details and to see photos from last year’s picnic. It’s an event not to be missed!

  • Registration is open for a magical Northwest Passage dance weekend! In “Northwest Passage Brings the Strongest Form of Magic to Mount Hood,” Sharon Gavin describes the music and dance magic you can experience during Labor Day weekend 2024. Read the article here—or just trust Sharon, and sign up. (But don’t skip reading Sharon’s article, because how often do you get to read about Plato, Taylor Swift, and Marilyn Manson in the same article?)

  • She’s been dancing 40 years, playing violin for 85, and you can’t keep up with her on the hiking trail. Kathy Story interviews Syd Newell, a longtime dancer, fiddler, and nature-lover, in “Spotlight on Syd Newell.”

  • On the dance floor: Don’t miss Bryce Holt’s article, “Inclusion and Caring on the Dance Floor”! In his article, Bryce talks about how we can grow our contra dances by increasing inclusivity and helping newer dancers.

  • Play an instrument? Join the 2nd Thursday Tune Sessions
    May 9th, 7–9 pm: Jam session at Betsy Branch’s in SE Portland 
    June 13th, 7–9 pm: Teaching session at George Penk’s in SW Portland 

    For more information, including recordings and lists of tunes taught over the years, visit the PCDC Dance Tune Session website. For exact addresses and to receive monthly announcements, email sharonjeanallen(at)yahoo(dot)com. 

  • In “Chips from the Woodshed,” Stewart Hall reports back from the first two sessions of the Woodshed series. What are the Woodshed sessions? Read Stewart’s report and see two of the new dances presented in the first Woodshed session.

From the Editor

This month, we continue our web-based format. We are still in the development stages, but as a refresher, here are a few usage tips:

  • You can read announcements and access all newsletter articles using the links in the document you’re reading now. We’re calling this the Footnotes Front Page.

More navigational aids (buttons for Print, Prev Article, and Next Article, for example) are in development. Please excuse our dust, and feel free to send any feedback to And a big thank you to webmaster Ric Goldman for his continued support!

Happy dancing, listening, and playing!

Lori Shaffer, PCDC Newsletter Editor

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