I’m sorry but I just have to say something. Am I the only one disturbed about losing Vision’s on Thursday nights? To my way of thinking, this is a big deal and it certainly does not bode well for our club. I know we now have Wednesday instead, but for how long? If we don’t support Wednesday nights, we will lose that also. Personally, this warrants concern because I have always felt, since being introduced to the shag in 2003, that the beginner lessons are a tremendous asset to the club. The lessons bring in new people, and some, certainly not all, choose to join. Some of those become active club members, some become friends, and what’s most important, they become SHAGGERS. After all, the mission of the RSC is to “promote the dance”, it says it right there on your membership card. What’s more, I find our lack of support for Thursday night to be a paradox, because we thrive on Tuesdays, it’s great fun. And we support our other functions very well, such as the golf tournament, the Boogie on the James, the Jingle Bell Ball, the Silent Auction, and other events. We are an active bunch, except when it comes to Thursday (now Wednesday) nights and our beginner classes. And hey, I don’t buy the argument that the lessons take too long, that they eat into our dance time. They’re over by 8 at the latest, more often than not before that time. That leaves at least two hours of dance time, of steady, uninterrupted music, with no breaks. Let me ask you this; can you dance for two hours? Well, I dance a lot and I’ll
answer that question for you; no you physically cannot. There’s more time for dancing following the lesson than you will use. Here’s the thing some of you may not realize. There are about 100 shag clubs in existence and I doubt if many of the others have as sweet a deal as we do when it comes to having a place to dance two nights a week, at no charge and at no expense. Lots of clubs have a cover charge (not allowed at Visions), charge for their lessons (ours are free and unlimited), and probably have the expense of a DJ (Visions foots this bill). All we have to do is show up, socialize and dance. Of course it helps if we support Visions, our business partner, by buying a beverage or two and maybe some food (also free if you are there before Happy Hour ends at 7). So, here’s my plea. If you’re a member of the RSC, or not, why don’t you come to Visions some Wednesday evening? Beverly and I taught the beginner classes in May, and one night I counted 15 “regulars” there. Come on, we can do better than that. I’m not suggesting every Wednesday mind you, I know there’s competition, especially during the summer months. But a few, or several, coming by even sporadically, can make a big difference. It’s a night we have visitors, it’s an opportunity to make that all-important first impression. Why not put the RSC back on your radar screen? Introduce yourself to, talk to, and dance with a beginner or two. It’s fun, and you never know, you may be dancing with a future RSC president. -Parker
There were only a few hundred thousand jukeboxes scattered around the United States prior to World War II. In North and South Carolina they were few and far between. They waited to be played in the well-lighted basements of country clubs, in drug stores near soda fountains and on the decks of public swimming pools. In hot southern farm towns, jukeboxes were the star attractions at teenage “canteens.” Along the coast, where the early Shaggers vacationed, these magical boxes stood on the patios of isolated beach pavilions. The ocean front jukes glowed in the dark, soft yellow and rosy red, as wondrous and compelling as the flames of an open fire.
The were primarily Wurlitzer, Seeburg and Rock-ola designs, delicate, almost fragile things, near miracles of twentieth century engineering. You dropped your nickel in, punched a selection, and watched
the old 78 rpm platters rotate. The sound was activated by a toned arm needle of steel. Before the music started, you heard the static sound of “Shhhhhhhhhhh,” like a young school teacher with great dancer’s legs, calling the class to be quiet.
The recordings made available on jukeboxes, to a large extent, determined the styles of dance the kids adopted. Tunes that played on Victrolas in the home were often chosen by conservative, even pious mothers and fathers. Outside the home, jukeboxes exemplified democracy and gave young people the musical vote.
The Shag got its start while music was still a sleepy chaperon of youth in the South. The desires and impatience of youth eloped with the jukebox.
Thanks to Bo Bryan of Myrtle Beach, S.C. For this essay.
The 2019 Camp Fantastic Charity Golf Tournament will be
June 3rd, 2019...Rain or Shine!
The 29th annual Richmond Shag Club charity golf tournament to support Camp Fantastic will be held at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club on June 3rd, 2019. Up to 28 teams will be enrolled in a fun outing to raise money to send kids with cancer to summer camp (Camp Fantastic). So get your team together, encourage your golfing friends to sign up and complete the entry form with $400 team or $100 player entry fee!
Lunch & dinner will be served as arrangements are now being worked out. Adult beverages, water, soft and sports drinks will be provided also.
Tax-deductible corporate sponsorships and gift certificates are also welcome to support this worthwhile cause. Use the links below to sign up to play, to commit sponsorship support and/or donate gift items and gift certificates!
CLUB MEMBERS: We need hole sponsors and donated gift cards to make this event another financial and promotional success! Please ask your favorite merchant to donate!
The Richmond Shag Club is a 501(c)7 Social Club, P.O.Box 35771, Richmond, VA 23235