Yes indeed, it was in 1995 that the Ottawa Date Squares first started dancing and it’s been a long and interesting journey from our humble beginnings to today.
The club’s history includes some pretty amazing events including being the only square dance club to ever dance on the floor of the house of commons, being the first club to incorporate a gay wedding into a fly-in’s activities and having won the bid to host the 2023 IAGSDC Convention!
We have all sorts of really fun activities lined up as part of this year’s fly-in to celebrate our club’s major milestone and we’ll be making announcements soon about party themes and specialty dances.
Veer North is not the first fly-in to be hosted by the Ottawa Date Squares.
Back in the spring of 1996 and and again in 1997 we hosted Chase The Bunny and danced in an old fashioned sugar shack deep in the Canadian woods. We enjoyed sleigh rides, maple taffy on the snow and a raucous Easter bonnet competition.
Later on, in the fall of 2003 and again in 2005, we hosted the Harvest Ball which was very widely attended.
We know that many of you who are reading this now were in attendance for some of these events and if that is the case, we hope that you took photos and are willing to share them with us for a surprise presentation during this year’s fly-in.
Please forward any photos you may have to our attention and let’s make this year’s walk down memory lane a really fun one for everyone.