Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blob's Park Weekend

Our good friends Carlos and Mary wanted to pay us back for babysitting their three lovely daughters a couple of weeks ago. So this past Friday, Angie and I were able to go to the swing dance night at Blob's Park in Jessup, Maryland, while the children stayed home. The last Friday of the month Bay Side Big Band plays swing songs and occasional cha-chas, waltzes and polkas. We had a fun time dancing and hanging out with our friends BJ and Amy.

Being a Friday in Lent, we didn't go for dinner, since the menu is a Germanic delight including lots of beef and pork but almost no fish. A customer needs to look to the "American" items for some fish. Anyway, we had lovely desserts to go with the fun dancing and camaraderie.

On Sunday, we came in the afternoon for a dance lesson which started at 3 p.m. The kids were awake and came with us; also my sister Regina came. We enjoyed the cha-cha lesson. Even though we knew most of what they taught, it was a good refresher.

The band (The Continentals) came on at 4 and we had a good time dancing. Jacob and Lucy also got to go out on the dance floor more than once. Jacob danced with mom for a swing and a polka and with Aunt Regina for a swing. Lucy polkaed with daddy twice. We also all did the chicken dance and a new, fresh from Germany dance called the Flying Dance. It was similar to the chicken dance in that it had special choreography: you flapped your arms, you then made arm muscles, then reached for the ceiling, then wave your arms like a giraffe's neck, then a bunch of other stuff. I tried to find it on YouTube, but it was not this (though that does look cool). Looking on the band's web site, the song title in German is Fliegerleid, and I was able to find this video of Germans dancing to a live version in German:

Dancing it was fun, though Lucy may not have appreciated the jumping part. But she definitely had fun being there. Also, Jacob enjoyed seeing the band, especially the drummer. And we did get to eat a meaty dinner.

All in all, the weekend was an awesome dancing weekend. The next Sunday dance with a lesson is March 21, so we are definitely thinking of going again. A bunch of other families with little kids were there too, which made it extra nice.

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