Saturday, March 03, 2012
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Crowd enjoys lively barn dance

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[March 03, 2012]  "Whoop!" shouted dancers in a circle, while moving in and raising clasped hands.

The occasion was an Old Time Barn Dance in honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The event was at the Lincoln Park District Recreation Center on Saturday evening.

The talented and delightful Ozzie Pearl from Weldon led the sizable crowd through a variety of old-time dances. Quick turns, lively music and shouts of fun released tiresome cares for about 50 participants as the evening flew by.

Pearl's repertoire included traditional square and line dances, waltzes and two-steps, suitable for both new and experienced dancers.

While another barn dance is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, during the 42nd Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival, dancers were so enthusiastic about the experience that an interest sign-up sheet was started for the possibility of more dances before that time.

A Civil War Ball is also set to take place on the Friday night of the Railsplitting Festival weekend.


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