Whitesburg KY

Carcassonne Square Dance grateful to Letcher County

To the Editor:

As someone who has been involved in the Carcassonne Square Dance since the 1960s, I want to say thank you to the people of Letcher County and Kentucky for the gigantic wonderful square dance of August 10. We had well over 300 people come and made well over $5,000 to keep the community center’s square dance going after almost 50 years.

We could not have done this without the generous help of, first and foremost, Dr. Van Breeding, his wife Pauletta, and daughters Cassidy and Kennedy; his alliance of sponsors including MCHC, ARH, and UK Health; the strong support of Letcher County government including Judge Jim Ward, Magistrate Keith Adams, worker foreman Chetty Smith (raised in Carcassonne), and Government Channel video man Rick Hall; and last month’s artistic participation of Appalshop’s Brett Ratliff, musicians including Lee Sexton, Jack Adams, and John Haywood, and caller Erin Stidham.

Willard Kinzer of Allen, gave a $1,000 contribution in honor of our founders, Ruby Caudill and her late husband Clifton Caudill.

We may have had a little too much mud, rain, heat, and traffic, but my partner Dale Johnson and I invite everyone back to Carcassonne the second Saturday night from 7 to 9 from April to November (sometimes on the road at Appalshop’s Seedtime, Blackey Day, or Cowan’s Christmas dance), or every Wednesday morning quilting, or an individual tour of our 1931 building and one-room school classroom including old videos of Carcassonne.

You can even buy a tshirt, a genuine Carcassonne school desk from my 1940’s generation for $20, or notecards with Richard Smith’s painting of the school for $1 each and $1 postage for as many as you want.

We may not soon give a chicken dinner and tshirt included in the $5 square dance admission ($3 for students 12 and under, toddlers and babies free), but for a limited time we’ll give a free famous Carcassonne hotdog and always our warm hospitality and thanks to all.


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