Main Library Kicks Up Heels!

Attendees demonstrate their square dancing skills.
Attendees demonstrate their square dancing skills.

The 1st Annual Square Dance with the Foghorn String Band, held last Thursday at the Downtown Roanoke Library on the Jefferson Street Patio was previewed as “ a highlight of the year for downtown Roanoke!”

Folks were indeed a-tappin’ and a-twirlin’ to the sounds of the fiddle, guitar, banjo and country vocals. Many came dressed in their country best to go all out for the evening.

The event started with a show from the Foghorn String Band, then transitioned into a no-holds-barred square dance for all ages and skill levels with renowned caller and dance aficionado Anna Roberts-Gevalt guiding even beginners to square-dance stepping around the patio. Many who attended showed they could do-si-doe with the best of them.

The internationally renowned Foghorn String Band was a great “catch” for the Downtown Library. Foghorn draws from a “repertoire that has always inspired their work: the tunes and songs of the American South, from the hollers of Appalachia to the bling of 1950s Nashville.”

River Laker, Creative Development Coordinator for Roanoke City libraries, was happy with the turnout, adding he was pleased that Roanoke Public Libraries could “once again brings folks of all types together for light-hearted and enriching activity!”