From Joan Williams:
In May 2017, while sipping a cup of coffee, my dear friend, Barbara Plitt, sent me a video. It showed a group of German women, dancing a German dance to the beat of some German music. The music and dance joyfully celebrated the planting and harvesting seasons. We thought this type of celebration would be perfect for Strasburg since we were settled by Germans. We agreed that between the two of us we should be able to find a group of nutty, fun-loving women to participate. We wanted to find light-hearted women who would come together, enjoy themselves, bring their inner energy, put a smile on the face of others, and make children giggle.
We rounded up 16 women for our original group. In no time we grew to 22. Then we discovered 32 other folks who actively wanted to support and encourage us. We made our brooms and costumes, found a choreographer, started practicing, and then it was “showtime”. Our first event was Strasburg Oktoberfest 2017. Much to our delight, the crowd truly enjoyed us and requested an encore performance later in the day.
Well, this group of fun-loving women have reached and exceeded our goals. We have grown in numbers, grown closer together, expanded our repertoire, performed not only in Strasburg but in other valley towns by invitation. We have been invited to perform up and down the Valley for festivals, special events, art galleries, museums, parades, and senior living centers. We have had fun putting smiles on the faces of the young and old alike. Making people smile and giggle not only touches their hearts but ours as well.
Strasburg Witchy Dancers
Strasburg Witchy Dancers as Jellfish
These women are loving, caring, community involved individuals, and a pleasure to know. Currently, we are not performing by dancing but by lovingly providing hundreds of handmade masks for our local medical professional heroes. Our gift of love is sharing happiness with others and that gift nourishes us as well.
Today’s submission comes from Strasburg’s Witchy Dancing Queen, Joan Williams.
Photography by Laura Berryman, Carole Fortune, Mary Redmon, and George F. Hoffman.
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