Friday, September 18, 2015

Not meeting Friday Sept 18, 2015

We will not be meeting to dance on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, the weekend of the Oconomowoc Folk Dance camp.  We should be back the following Friday with some new dances to share.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fox Valley Irish Fest, Sat Sep 5, 2015, Aurora, IL

Fox Valley Irish Festival
Place: Riveredge Park, Aurora, IL
Date: Saturday, Sep 5 2015
Time Gates Open: 3 p.m.
Price: $5-$10

Sad news: Helen Pomerance Johnson

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Helen Pomerance Johnson, longtime Chicago folk dancer and leader.
Here is the link to her obituary in the Chicago Tribune:

"Helen Johnson,of Chicago, passed away at age 96 on August 19, 2015, from complications of heart disease. Her husband, Herman Frithjof Johnson, predeceased her. Ms. Johnson served 35 years as a physical education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, teaching at Gary, Brainard, Webster, Abbott, Sawyer, Nightingale, Parker, and Pasteur Schools. She received the BE from Chicago Teachers College, and MA from Northwestern University. Ms. Johnson was a pioneer in bicycle touring and hostelling, leading 15 summer-long trips through the U.S, Europe, and Japan. Ms. Johnson was active in community leadership, serving as officer of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation; The Suder Club for women physical education teachers; the Retired Teachers' Association of Chicago; Hostelling International, serving on state, national, and international boards; and many folk dance groups. She has given over 3000 hours of service to the Museum of Science and Industry. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hostelling International USA, 8401 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2015