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High Country Squares to welcome caller from Tennessee

Another top-level caller will grace the High Country Squares at our Sept. 9 Sunflower Dance.

Gary Shoemake is one of the great callers in the U.S. Gary’s travels have taken him to all 50 states as well as Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark and Central America.

Gary Shoemake was born in Oklahoma, spent many years in Texas and now makes his home in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.  In 1987, Gary became director and part owner of English Mountain Retreat, in Sevierville, Tenn., where he makes his home.

In 2000, Gary and his partners sold the retreat, and he is now traveling full time as a caller and caller coach.  Gary’s calling dates and seminars take him nationwide.

A prolific recording artist in the square dance genre, he recorded for the past 20 years for Chaparral Records with his recording partners Ken Bower, Jerry Haag, Marshall Flippo and Scott Smith. Gary is now recording with Rhythm Records (along with Ken, Jerry and Marshall).  Gary has also recorded for Crown Records, Eagle Records, Kalox, Wagon Wheel Records and ESP Records. He has a wonderful voice and smooth style that is a pleasure to dance to.

The Sunday afternoon mainstream/plus level dance starts at 3 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse located at 230 Port Ave.

We welcome experienced dancers to come celebrate the end of the summer with great square dancing and delicious munchies. The dance will end at 5:30.

The High Country Squares offers weekly dances, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers. Plus level practice starts at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, followed by Mainstream and Plus club dancing from 7:30 to 9:15.

Contact Lorna at 731-5525 for more information.

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