Seriously, you'll love it. No pressure, a good workout but easy on the joints (do I sound old?). Don't even have to have a date because you're ENCOURAGED to change partners each dance.
Chicory House Dance Series
Community Contra Dance February 2, 2013, in Kingston PA
A New England Contra dance features music by the “Smash the Windows” with fiddler Bruce Young, accompanied by Peg Shutes on keyboard, along with calling by Hilton Baxter. The dance at 7:00PM, at the Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Because the pattern of moves of each Contra Dance is repeated often, Contra Dances are easy to learn, and dancers of all skill levels are welcome. The caller will teach all the dances. The dance tradition encourages dancers to change partners throughout the evening, so each person will get to dance with a variety of skill levels. Lightweight clothing is recommended. Dancers are invited to bring a snack to share at intermission. Those arriving early can join a pot-luck dinner starting at 6 pm. Bring a dish-to-pass if coming for the dinner. Further information is available at 570-333-4007 or at folkloresociety.org, where dancers can connect to the Facebook page and watch videos.of recent dances.
Apparently Monsanto is trying to take over even the heirloom seed market, so they can own everything we eat AND grow. Here's a link to a list of "Monsanto-free seed companies." I'm glad my guys, Baker Creek, are on there.
Anything you're planning on growing has an "heirloom seed." These are open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds. Hybrids are what you'll find in most seed catalogs, since they are bred to produce disease resistant and pretty plants. When you try to grow a seed that came off a hybrid plant, only some of the characteristics bred into that plant will result. For instance, say you decided to save the seeds from your BigAss Tomato that you got from Burpee. It will probably produce a tomato plant, but it may not be so big, or it may be real big but not so tasty, or it may be big & tasty but not disease resistant.
Here's where I buy all my seeds: www.rareseeds.com. I don't know why that's their URL but their company is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I'm sure there are other companies around too.
Next week'll be February and I'll be starting the eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, petunias (yeah I'm gonna try 'em again this year), and echinacea. Most of which are from seeds I've saved from previous years. Yes, this means I DIDN'T HAVE TO BUY THOSE SEEDS THIS YEAR!!!!