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Dance Practice this Sunday

Poster: SCAVard@aol.com

This is a reminder...the second of our bimonthly dance practices is this
Sunday, January 17th at 1:00 pm in Chesapeake Beach, MD.  Below is a copy of
the announcement which ran on the Merry Rose a week or so ago, and which has
shown up in various newsletters across our fair Kingdom.  Before I paste that
in, here are some answers to questions people have asked.

"Where is Chesapeake Beach?"  - Get a map of the Western Shore of Maryland and
find the border between Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties (Annapolis is in
Anne Arundel, Calvert is the next one south).  Chesapeake Beach is immediately
below that border, right on the Chesapeake Bay.
"What if it snows?" - In the event of inclement weather, please let common
sense be your best guide.  Don't drive if the roads are yucky, or if it's
snowing too hard, and by all means DON'T take any unnecessary risks getting
here.  We will be doing this every other Sunday and the world won't come to an
end if you miss one.  If you want to double-check to see if practices have
been canceled, call the Northeast Community Center (410-257-2554) before
heading out.  Etain and I both live an hour or so from the NECC, so we
probably won't be reachable after 11:30 or so on Sunday.

"What do I wear?" - While garb is not required, it's encouraged.  If you're a
lady, it's been recommended that you wear a long skirt.  Since the idea is to
learn dances that we would be doing in an SCA setting, it would be advisable
to be wearing something which approximates what you'll be wearing in that
setting.  Speaking for myself, I cannot dance without at least slipping a
tunic over my head, but YMMV.  The important thing is to come out and have fun
and not fret about garb too much.  If you'd rather dance in sweats and a baggy
T-shirt, great!
"Okay, I'm at the site, which room are we in?" - We are upstairs in the
Exercise Room. The NECC will have a staff member on duty at the front desk who
can direct you, or open the room for you if you're the first one there.  It's
reserved in my name (Ken Buzzard), and the class name they have on file should
be "Renaissance Dance". (Yes, I know, it's not an accurate description, but
it's as close as I could get on such a small form!)

"Should I bring something to eat/drink/share?" - Not a requirement, but it
won't be frowned upon either! <g> I'm hoping to have something on hand to
drink for everyone since dancing can work up quite a sweat. There is a water
fountain right outside the rooms, and there are also soda and snack machines
on site. Further, changing rooms are available, as are showers.  (yaaay!)

***********The Announcement**************
We are pleased to announce that we have secured a beautiful site for regularly
scheduled dance practices!  On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, we will
be meeting to kick-up our heels and learn the subtle art of dance at the
Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach, MD.  Practices will run from
1-3pm, there is *no* site fee (!), and people *can* bring food and drink!
Directions are provided below.

Because of this site's location, we are inviting our friends from all over
Northern Atlantia to come and play with us!  This is a great chance to brush-
up on your dance steps, as there are *several* dance related events coming up
in the next few months.  (Including Northern Regional Twelfth Night in Dun
Carraig on Jan 23, Lochmere's Midwinter Dance Revel on Feb 20, and many, many

Everybody is encouraged to attend, socialize, and learn some dance steps. Even
if you're completely uninterested in dancing, come on out and spend a pleasant
afternoon listening to some cool tunes while visiting with your friends.

If you have any questions, either contact Vard (Ken Buzzard, SCAVard@aol.com,
301-737-0437) or Jess Kravetz (SCAEtain@aol.com, 410-997-0991) and we'll do
our best to answer them.  The Northeast Community Center is adjacent to the
Chesapeake Beach Water Park on Gordon Stinnett Avenue in Chesapeake Beach, MD.
Phone 410-257-2554

Directions from Prince Frederick: Take Route 2/4 north from Pr. Frederick and
turn right on Plum Point Rd. (Rt 263).  Go 4 miles, bear left onto Bayside Rd
(Rt 261), and follow another 5 miles or so into Chesapeake Beach.  Go over the
bridge, and make the next left onto Gordon Stinnett Avenue.  Turn left
immediately past the waterpark into the parking lot.  The Center is the large
gray building with the blue roof. The entrance is by the flagpole.

Directions from the Washington Beltway: Take Rt 4, Pennsylvania Avenue (MD
Exit 11) east.  Go about 17 miles to the left exit at Route 260 (Chesapeake
Beach Rd).  Follow Rt 260 to the end, about 8 miles.  Follow directions below.

Directions from the Rt 301 Corridor: Follow Rt 301 to Upper Marlboro and the
junction with Rt 4.  Take Rt 4 east (away from Washington), and about 6 miles
to the left exit at Rt 260 (Chesapeake Beach Rd).  Follow Rt 260 to the end,
about 8 miles.  Follow directions below.

Directions from Northern Virginia: If you're closer to the Wilson Bridge, DC,
or the Washington Beltway, follow the directions above (Washington Beltway).
If you're closer to Dahlgren or Rt 301, follow the directions below (Central

Directions from Central Virginia: Take your best route to Rt 301 and cross the
Potomac into Maryland on the Governor Nice Bridge ($1.50 toll southbound
only...northbound is free).  Follow the directions above (Rt 301 Corridor).

Directions from Baltimore: Take I-97 south from the Baltimore Beltway.  Take
the Rt 3 exit from 97.  Stay on Rt 3 as it becomes Rt 301 south, and follow
the directions above (Rt 301 Corridor).

Directions from Annapolis: Take Rt 2 south about 20 miles to the intersection
with Rt 260 (Chesapeake Beach Road).  Take a left on Rt 260 and go about 5
miles to the end. Follow directions below.

Once in Chesapeake Beach on Rt 260: Make a right on Rt 261 (Bayside Road) and
go about 1/4 mile to Gordon Stinnett Avenue. You can see the NECC from the
road-it has a very blue roof.  Make a right on Gordon Stinnett and then a left
immediately past the waterpark into the parking lot.  The Center is the large
gray building with the blue roof. The entrance is by the flagpole.
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